WORTHING HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
Newsletter No.141 - October 2018
Time for me to get organised with the autumn edition of the “Chat” in order to keep you all in the picture with regards to the happenings and decisions made at our latest committee meeting.
First of all, it is with great reluctance that I have to say that we are only going to hold one show a year from now on. The main reason being the amount of work involved in putting on a show, and with us all getting older and less able in some areas. We appreciate that some of you do give a hand in the set up etc but there is more work involved than just on the day itself. We hope that you will understand why we have had to make this decision and will support us. From 2019 onwards, we shall have a Summer Show – which next year will be on July 6th -in the hope that we can incorporate sweet peas and roses in the classes and bring some colour and fragrance to the show rooms.
This year it was very hard for all gardeners with the intense heat affecting both plants and humans!
Our show in August went quite well and although not large we had a reasonable number of entries across the classes. Our judge was most impressed with the quality of the entries. There were some spectacular and innovative exhibits in the Flower Arranging categories, many from Worthing Flower Club members. The flowers used were both varied and beautiful.
Sadly, one of our most loyal members Peter Longhurst passed away recently. Along with his wife Rita, Peter used to support all of our outings and talks. He was always very cheerful and ready to chat. He will be missed by those who knew him.
Here are a few of the forthcoming social events. Your support in making these events successful would be much appreciated as always.
October 27th– There is a Quiz Night, which this year will be held at the Worthing Indoor Bowls Club, Field Place – just before the Shaftesbury bridge heading southwards. On entering we have been asked to park behind the building and not down towards the house. The cost of the evening will be £9.50 for members and £10.00 for visitors. This will include a very nice ploughman’s supper. Drinks can be purchased from the bar where you can take advantage of club prices. Marcus Martin will once again be our Quizmaster and can always be relied on to compile and entertaining quiz. Please arrive at 6.30pm for a prompt 7pm start.
On November 22nd we are having a talk by Alan Kingshott whose subject will be life as a Warder at the Tower of London.
With regards to the forthcoming social events for 2019 here are some tasters.
Sunday 20thJanuary 2019 we shall be holding the annual lunch at the Windsor Hotel. Please arrive at 12.30pm for a 1.00pm lunch. The price for members will be £25.00 and for non-members will be £27.00. This will entitle you to four courses and a coffee afterwards.
We have a list of fine speakers coming to talk to us. Ian Gledhill is going to come and speak on transport with emphasis on local areas of interest. He is extremely knowledgeable and with his great collection of visual aids will make for a very entertaining evening.
Another favourite is Sally Botwright who is going to speak about St James’ in London. Sally is a regular visitor to our Society and is always very well received.
We have several others, all of local interest, in the pipeline and we hope that you will find them all interesting. More details when they are confirmed.
As mentioned previously it would be wonderful if some members could contribute something to the newsletter. Perhaps you could tell us of your experiences in exhibiting at the Show, or which gardens you have visited and whether or not you would recommend them to others, or even what is your favourite flower and why?
Nature is really fascinating in the way that it adapts to the climate change and burst of warmth and rain that we seem to have had. Many of the shrubs and plants in the garden seem to be having a second burst of flowers, the bottle brush and clematis to name but two!
Dare I mention that this will be the last “Chat” before Christmas – where has this year gone that it is almost that time already.
To finish this “Chat” I would once again like to thank all those who helped at the show in August, particularly those who took on additional responsibilities due to unforeseen circumstances. Also, I would like to say thank you for the generosity of those who provided cakes and prizes, these are always much needed and really appreciated.
Free to anyone that will collect from me, on a first come first served, basis is a Karcher Pressure Washer and hose.
In light of the approaching festive season:
It’s Christmas time again
All that work – what a pain
Christmas cards to write and post
Log fires and hot buttered toast
Gifts to buy and parcels to send
Office parties to attend
Food to buy – remember the wine
The in-laws will be round to dine
Get the turkey – big and fat
Lots of treats for the cat
Up the loft and get the tree
Invite Auntie for New Year’s tea
The fairy lights are on the blink
We’ve got a blockage in the sink
Make the sauce for the puds
Shall I peel a few more spuds?
Carol singers at the door
Don’t think I can take much more
The kitchen bin is full to overflowing
I hope the guests will soon be going
It’s been a week of sweat and toil
There’s a ham in the fridge I forgot to boil
Every year I say never again
Too much stress too much strain
So for next year this is the plan –
We are spending Christmas in Japan!