Gardening Club

Your GARDENING CLUB needs you!!!

Akeley Gardening Club was restarted in 1993 after a few years in abeyance. It is a light-hearted, village based club which runs a number of established events each year and adds others as and when there is sufficient interest. In the past these have included coach trips, car outings, wine making, wine tasting, horticultural talks, slide shows and others. We have maintained the annual membership fee at only £2 per person and this also gives discount at Preston Bissett and Barrs Nurseries.

However, the membership has fallen in recent years due partly to people moving away and without new blood the club may expire in the not too distant future. The activities have always been considered enjoyable, family friendly and anything but hard work. A typical year is as follows:

The main event of the year is “The Show” on the first Saturday of September.  Again it is an amateur, village event, more for fun than high competition.

We are also affiliated members of the RHS which allows us one free trip a year, for 55 members, to one of the RHS gardens. Wisley being the popular choice.

 

The calendar for a typical year is as follows:

Early March :  AGM.                          Drinks, nibbles, a review of the previous year’s events, plus any requests for additions to the calendar. Charity for the year is also chosen.

Late March:   Annual Dinner.              Recently at the Bull and Butcher, being walkable!

May:             Plant Bring & Buy.         Excess plants from spring sowing or divided plants from tidying are donated and then can be boughtfor very little. Tea and cakes are also available.

June/July:      BarBQue.                      In the garden of a member. You just bring your own meat; all salads, desserts and punch are provided at a modest charge, currently £5.

September:    The Annual Show.        In the Village Hall.

November:    Carvery Lunch.             At Silverstone Golf Club, or more recently at The Bell in Winslow.

As can be seen from above the “Gardening Club” does a lot of eating, drinking and socialising. We choose a charity each year and donate the proceeds from certain of the events.

So, use it or lose it – sign up today!

and be part of some of the events planned for this year

 

To find out more contact a member of the committee. They are as follows:

Chairman:    Sherri Holland  860486

Secretary:    Jackie Corcoran  860295

Treasurer:   Christine Hockley  860232

Committee:  Mary Taylor  860663    (also Allotment Secretary for the Parish Council)

: Cathy Mortimer 860685

 

To download the membership form please click here.  Please return to Sherri at 14 Church Hill

 

Membership

Membership is £2 per person a year from 1st February

One of the benefits of membership is a 10% discount to members offered by:

Barr’s Nurseries, Windy Ridge, Bletchley Road, Buckingham – Tel: 01280 816 855

Preston Bissett Nurseries, Bushey Lane, Preston Bissett – Tel: 01280 848038

 

For further details about the village Gardening Club, please contact:

     
Mike Mortimer01280 860685
John HockleyVice Chairman01280 860232
Terry CavendarChairman01280 860316
Flair Flynn01280 860770
Joanne EastwoodAllotments Officer01280 860337
Lorna Joy01280 860313

 

Akeley Gardening Club Annual Show 2014

Saturday 6th September 2014

There were 165 entries this – the committee very much appreciates the effort made by all those who entered

The children’s’ entries were very good as usual.   Congratulation to Grace, Karl  & Aaron Smith for the decorated wellington boots – they were all very well decorated.  The colouring pictures from the school children certainly brightened up the show – the winners were Ben Wrigley, Adriana Streat, Riley Webb, Ted Kennedy and Emily Knight

Much of the produce was auctioned for us after the show by Mr Jeff Samwell and the profit from the show (£50) will be donated to Buckingham Citizens Bureau, our chosen charity for the year.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the show and to the judges for their time and expertise

 

Prize winners were as follows:-

Most entries vegetables – Mick Hurdman

Most entries domestic – Mary Taylor

Best onions – Mick Hurdman (3 flat onions)

Best tomatoes – Alan Taylor (6 cherry tomatoes)

Best exhibit vegetables – Dick Russell (runner beans)

Best exhibit fruit – Mark Hurdman ( pears)

Best  foliage collection – Carol Hunt

Best flower arrangement – Christine Hockley

Best Photo – Sandie Davis

Most points vegetables – Mick Hurdman

Most points fruit – John Hockley

Most points flowers & Roses – Linda Hurdman

Most points baking & preserves – Mary Taylor

Most points in show – Mick Hurdman

Best fruit cake – men only – Alan Taylor

 

AKELEY GARDENING CLUB ANNUAL SHOW 2013

Saturday 7th September 2013

There were 185 entries this year which is an increase of more than 30 on last year’s total – the committee very much appreciates the effort made by all those who entered.

The childrens’ entries were very good as usual.   Congratulation to Grace Smith, Anna Karenin Humphries and Ben Parker for their cupcakes – it was very hard to choose as they were all so lovely.

The colouring pictures from the school children certainly brightened up the show – the winners were Isabelle Selby age 10, Stanley Pearce age 8 and Daisy age 5.

It was encouraging to see some children entering the general show classes with vegetable and cookery exhibits.

Much of the produce was auctioned for us after the show by Mr. Stan Bennett and the profit from the show (£100) will be donated to Willen Hospice our chosen charity for the year.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the show and to the judges for their time and expertise

 

Prize winners were as follows:-

Most entries vegetables – Mick Hurdman

Most entries domestic – Mary Taylor

Best onions – Mick Hurdman

Best tomatoes – Aaron Smith

Best exhibit vegetables – Aaron Smith

Best exhibit fruit – Terry Cavender

Best flower/ foliage collection – Carol Hunt

Best flower arrangement – Sandie Davis

Best Photo – Sandie Davis

Most points vegetables – Mick Hurdman

Most points fruit – John Hockley

Most points roses – John Hockley

Most points baking & preserves – Mary Taylor

Most points in show – Mick Hurdman

Best chocolate cake: men only – Mick Hurdman

 

Akeley Gardening Club Annual Show 2012

Saturday 8th September 2012

There were only 154 entries this year which reflected the extremely difficult weather condition faced by gardeners – the committee very much appreciates the effort made by all those who did manage to find some fruit, vegetables and flowers in their gardens suitable to enter.

The children’s’ entries were ‘eggcellent’ (although it would have been good to have a few more of the decorated eggs). Congratulations to Grace and Karl Smith and Charlotte and Ben Parker. The colouring pictures from the school children certainly brightened up the show – the winners were Elliott King age 6 and rune Hausmann age 8.

It was encouraging to see some children entering the general show classes with vegetable and cookery exhibits.

Much of the produce was auctioned for us after the show by Mr. Stan Bennett and the profit from the show (£100) will be donated to Buckingham Hospital League of Friends our chosen charity for the year.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to the show.

 

Prize winners were as follows:-

Most entries vegetables – Mick Hurdman

Most entries domestic – Mary Taylor

Best onions – Aaron Smith

Best tomatoes – Alan Taylor

Best exhibit vegetables – Mick Hurdman (carrots)

Best exhibit fruit – Tim Earle (apples)

Best flower/ foliage collection – Carol Hunt

Best flower arrangement – Mary Taylor

Best Photo – John Tibbetts

Most points vegetables – Mick Hurdman

Most points fruit – John Cowley

Most points roses – Mick Hurdman

Most points baking & preserves – Mary Taylor

Most points in show – Mick Hurdman

Best chocolate cake: men only – Bernard Hunt

 

To see details of the Akeley Gardening Club Annual Show of 2011 please click on the link below:

Akeley Gardening Club Annual Show 2011

 

AGM

Below is the chairman’s report from the AGM which was held on 6th March 2013

Akeley Gardening Club AGM 6th March 2013

Chairman’s Report

Our membership for 2012 increased from 53 to 54.  Would like to see some more members and the discounts at local nurseries are well worth the membership fee of £2 per year.

Our annual dinner was as usual held at the Bull & Butcher, which does always provide a good meal for village groups.  We have booked again for this year for Friday 19th April.

On 30th April Cathy organised an evening demonstration and do it yourself session on hanging baskets at Preston Bissett Nurseries. This was something we hadn’t tried before and they supplied tea and cake so if anyone would like to do it again this year please let us know.  The nursery has a variety of events on offer and they seem very keen to have groups come along for demonstrations.

The plant bring & buy was held at the village hall on 19th May but it was a rather cold day and fewer people than usual came along.  Could you please think ahead when planting seeds or propagating, and set some aside for the plant sale, if you can’t come on the day you can always leave plants with one of the committee.  We like to make a donation to a local charity from this event and our charity for 2012 was the Friends of Buckingham Hospital.

We held a ‘meet the judges’ evening at the village hall in June in preparation for the show and Gordon Cooke and Geoff Samwell provided some useful hints and tips for gardening and cooking classes

Our thanks go Sandie & Dick for hosting the BBQ on 15th July – always one of our favourite events of the year.

We had a very enjoyable (if a bit damp) day at Birmingham Botanical Gardens on 12th August and this year we return to RHS Wisley.

The Annual Show was held on 8th September at the village hall.  There were only 154 entries this year which reflected the extremely difficult weather conditions faced by gardeners – the committee very much appreciates the effort made by all those who did manage to find some fruit, vegetables and flowers in their gardens suitable to enter.

Much of the produce was auctioned for us after the show by Stan Bennett and the profit from the show was donated to the Buckingham Hospital League of Friends.  The trophy for most points in the show was won by Mick Hurdman for the 9th year running.   Thank you to everyone who contributed to the show – especially to our judges.

We went to The Bell at Winslow for our carvery lunch on 4th November it was an excellent carvery, it is very easy to organise so we will probably go back there this year.

Sherri Holland

Chairman

 

 

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