Meetings are normally the 3rd Thursday of the month in the AldboroughChurch Room
annual membership is £10
(the club offers pro rata membership for anyone wanting to join later in the year.)
visitors/guests are always welcome at £3 per meeting.
(the Club will also be organising some subsidised weekend visits to a couple of exiting gardens later this year, *details to follow)
Thursday January 17th - AGM. Well attended Photo revue of all our activities in 2018 and a preview of this year's programme, including a detailed financial report. Members commented on the progress of the Club. *Aldborough Community Centre
Thanks to all who renewed their subscription at the meeting, anyone who missed this or would like to renew or join can do so at the next meeting:-
Thursday February 21st - Hannah Claxton, Eve's Hill Veg Co. illustrated talk on Soil Biology,
Hannah & Tom gave an excellent illustrated talk on the impressive development at Norfolk's outstanding community market garden and education centre, as well as an illuminating introduction to the wild and wonderfully symbiotic world of soil biology. The clear message for sustainable growing was compost, compost and more compost, disturb the soil as little as possible, and avoid all chemicals.
Accompanied by Zuzu and Gloria, (who must be the youngest public speaker in the Club's history) an important and memorable evening, if you haven't yet visited Eve's Hill, go there, it's inspirational.
Thursday March 21st - Richard & Emma Clark, Panache Plants, a very popular return visit from this energetic duo. Richard introduced us to ins and outs of carnivorous plants, his practical knowledge based on their vast collection of these exotic, but hardy, plants was enjoyed by all. Excellent plants were on sale,
Thursday April 18th - Roger Jones from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, gave a talk on Native Orchids, this was a joint meeting with the Aldborough Wildlife Group who booked the speaker.
Roger's encyclopaedic knowledge of the the 27 or so native orchids in Norfolk will remain fondly in memory of all those present.
Thursday May 16th - Allotment evening.
A very successful group meeting and get together, on our organic, no dig allotment, plot 10a on Aldborough Allotments.
Refreshments funded by the Club, we had a tasting of 1st early 'Colleen" organic potatoes fresh from the polytunnel dressed in butter and our own fresh dill. Weather was as ordered, sunny and dry, everyone had the chance to contrast and compare with adjoining plots.
Sunday June the 16th
Members only private visit to Corpusty Mill Gardens. 30 of us were lucky enough to be given a guided tour of this remarkable garden covering 5 acres, in 3 separate parts. Not normally open to the public every corner revealed remarkable plantings and structured design features. A one off freebie treat for members.
Thursday June 20th - a Club meeting and visit to a Tina& David's garden in the village, featuring a new wildlife garden addition. A great spread of refreshments part funded by the Club ensured a very very pleasant evening. We announced the 2020 Open Gardens Day as Sunday June the 14th 2020 the village charity to benefit from money raised on the day will be Stepping Stones pre school. We also presented a cheque for £500 for the pre school which currently needs the support of the entire village.
Sunday June the 23rd The Club took a stall at the Aldborough Village Fayre on the village Green promoting the Club's activities and presenting large plant stall. (photos on the Facebook link), new contacts were made and new members signed up.
SATURDAY JULY 20th - Village Flower & Vegetable Show,
Another successful Show, results and some initial photos on the FS page.
Thursday August 15th - Annual BBQ & Judging of the growing on competition.
50 plug plants of mixed colour begonias and impatiens produced a a very colourful display on the night. Begonias took 1st and 2nd prizes, (photos on the FB page) The well attended BBQ also featured a vegetarian menu of balti pies and veggie burgers and produce from our allotment. Also part of the fun evening featured a guess the weight competition of one of the largest tomatoes ever seen in Aldborough. (...2lb 12oz)
Thursday September 19th - The previously advertised talk in Aldborough Church Room had to be cancelled. Funeral arrangements following a bereavement in the village quite understandably took precedence over our advertised talk. On the day the Church Room hosted a packed village gathering and mardle to remember Ron Hayton.
Thursday October 17th - Ian and Tina Limmer of Peter Beales Roses gave an illustrated talk on the full, behind the scenes, operations of this major plant centre, nursery and garden, which now employs 60 full time members of staff. A highly popular and entertaining speaker, Ian identified the 3 roses he gave the Club last year, now flowering on the Allotment, he also brought a selection of container roses on offer at less than half nursery prices. A well attended meeting.
(this replaced the previous listing which will be rescheduled for next year).
Thursday November 21st Julie Geere-Wright Christmas Decorations,
A packed room, with many welcome guests, were treated to an excellent, practical demonstration and talk from Aldborough's own acclaimed florist. Julie used lots of natural foliage, dried fruits etc., to demonstrate putting together wreaths and a luxury candle arrangement with foliage and fresh cut flowers, and more. She also described her work for The Blakeney Hotel and the Gunton Arms. She also generously donated a unique centrepiece for the Raffle.
Mulled wine and mince pies added to the seasonal atmosphere
Thursday December 19th - Christmas Party, in conjunction with the Wildlife Group who were the hosts this year. An extensive menu which included produce from our organic no dig allotment plot, new this year was a Yacon salad. Guess the weight of the Hokaido winter squash, 20 questions Quiz, Raffle.
Yet another well attended seasonal knees up.
FRIDAY JANAURY 17th. 2020. Club AGM and review of the year, a meeting open to all, free.
Aldborough Community Centre. 7.30pm, Bar open.
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