Horticultural Society

Your local Horticultural Society is for anyone with an interest in gardens and/or gardening. Our events are primarily social such as the Annual Supper Evening and BBQ, which are open to members & non-members alike, and even the Annual Show includes crafts, cookery & photography, as well as categories for children.
Membership is just £2 per year. So if you want to know what will grow in the area or just want to meet some local people, come and join us at the events listed below:

Date Time Event
6th April 7:30pm AGM and Spring flower show
20th May 10am Plant sale
9th September 2:30pm Annual Show
20th October 7:00pm Social supper and quiz night

 March 2015

The Hort Soc AGM and Spring Flower Show was held at the village hall on 26th March with more than 30 members in attendance, all of which paid their annual membership fee of a whopping £2 per person! For any members who could not attend on the night membership can be paid at any of our up-coming events – please see table above. Items of note on the Agenda included the success of last years trip to Waterperry Gardens and Social Evening in October, the impressive entries at the Annual Show as always, both in number and standard, and the overall accounts which we were pleased to note are in the “black”. All committee members were re-elected, although Eanne Russell has stepped down as Treasurer due to work & family commitments. This role has been taken over by Mr Brian Watts, husband of our long-serving (or is that suffering!?) Secretary Rachel.

The entries for the Spring Flower Show were really lovely with the Flower Arrangement prize, voted for by members, going to Mr Derek Kean.

Members in attendance also voted on the night for which annual trip venue/date they preferred with the majority going for the Hyde Hall Flower Show on 1st August. Details to be confirmed on this page and in the Newsletter. Contact Rachel Watts on 01494 785322 for more information on the trip or if you are interested in joining our happy band. ”


October 2014

The Committee decided on a War Theme for this years Horticultural Society Social Evening in honour of the WW1 Centenary, which proved a great success. The Village Hall was decorated with red, white & blue bunting and replica Wartime posters and some of those in attendance even sported fancy dress or brought along wartime memorabilia, such as ration books or evacuee labels. We would like to think that the “rations” on offer were of a slightly better standard than could have been provided during the War but the desserts, including Jelly & Ice Cream and Rice Pudding, had a distinctly retro feel. The quiz also had a wartime theme and the music section saw some of our members breaking into song! Many thanks to all who came along and made it such an enjoyable evening. Next year its a 60’s theme…so better get your Beetles suit out of mothballs!”


April 2014Flowers in a vase

The Hort Soc AGM & Spring Flower Show was held on 3rd April in the Village Hall and it was lovely to see so many members in attendance. All existing Committee Members were re-elected but on the basis that ‘many hands make light work’ we would be more than happy to welcome new Committee members if you feel so inclined – please contact Rachel Watts on 01494 785322 if you are interested. The entries for the Spring Flower Show were lovely as always and our judge for the evening, Colin Baker, said that he found it very hard to select the winners. The clear winner in the Spring Flower Arrangement category, which is voted for by the members in attendance, was Linda Williamson and deservedly so as you can see from the attached photo. Finally, it was with great sadness that we had to announce the passing of our former Treasurer of many years, Linda Baker, she will be sadly missed. It was unanimously agreed that a prize would be awarded in her memory from now on at the Annual Show for the Crafts Group category.

Please make a note in your diary of our upcoming events and watch this space for news of our trips for this year, dates and venues to be confirmed. New members are always welcome.


October 2013

The Hort Soc Annual Show in September was a great success with many more entries in all categories than last year, which is perhaps not too surprising as we actually had a summer this year! The judges were once again very complementary about the standard of the entries across the board, as were the many visitors to the show.

Our Social Evening is fast approaching; Friday 25th October at 7pm in the Village Hall. Included in the ticket price is a Three Course Meal and, back by popular demand, an interactive Quiz!! Please book your tickets with Rachel Watts on 01494 785322.

Hope to see you there!”


Onions at ShowSeptember 2013

The Horticultural Society Annual Show will be held in the Village Hall on Saturday 14th September and is our biggest event of the year. Its a chance for members to show off their gardening skills in the form of exhibits of vegetables, flowers, plants and floral arrangements as well as Crafts, Baked Goods, Photographs and various children’s exhibits to name but a few. It will be open to the public from 2.30pm onwards and exhibitors can stage their items from 9am to 11.30am, after which judging will take place by independent judges. I have been involved in two previous shows and can honestly say that it really is impressive and well worth a look. Teas/Coffee and cakes will, as always, be served from 2.30pm at a very modest cost. If you want to enter an exhibit, or just require more information, please contact Rachel Watts on 01494 785322.”


June 2013

Blenheim Palace On 22nd June the Society organised a coach trip to the first Blenheim Palace Flower Show. Around 38 members and their families & friends attended and it was a great day out, despite the somewhat windy weather. The Show included an impressive Floral Marquee, Craft & Food tents as well as a vast array of plant and garden accessory stalls and, of course, catering facilities which included coffee served out of the back of a Fiat car boot and a Cream Tea caravan with waiter service! Tickets also included access to the impressive Palace and Gardens. A good time was had by all and the coach was a bit more of a squeeze on the way home with all our plant purchases taking up most of the spare room.

It was lovely to see so many villagers at the Hort Soc Plant Stall at the fete on Saturday and don’t forget to make a note in your dairies for the Annual Show in September, as listed above. Please bring along any unwanted/collected seeds from your garden as we will be doing another Seed Swap at that event. Happy Gardening!


April 2013

 AGM – April 2013Spring SHow Prize winnerSpring SHow Prize winner

At the Hort Soc AGM our Chairwoman, Anne Gurnsey, announced that she was stepping down from that role after over 10 years loyal service. The Committee and Members would like to offer our thanks to Anne for her dedication and enthusiasm and our best wishes for the future. Nicola Parkes, our longest serving Committee member, has agreed to take over as Chairwoman with immediate effect.
This does, however, leave us with a vacancy on the Committee, so if you are interested in joining us please contact Rachel Watts on 01494 785322. We don’t bite, I promise, and there are only a few meetings a year, which are always very sociable and not too time consuming.
Trips for the coming year were also announced, as detailed in table above. For more information or to book a place please contact Rachel Watts, number as before.
Despite the dreadful start to the year there were a number of excellent entries in the Spring Flower Show (see photos) with prizes going to Linda Williamsonand several to Adrian Norris, one of our newer members – Well done to them both!”


March 2013Spring Crocus

“The Horticultural Society’s programme of events for 2013 kicks off on 11th April at 7.30pm in the Village Hall with our AGM. Cheese & Wine will be included (or a nice cuppa if you prefer!) and as always there will be a raffle.

We will also be holding our Spring Flower Show on the night. So, if you are interested in entering an exhibit please contact Rachel Watts on 01494 785322 for a schedule – staging will start at 7pm. Membership cards will be issued and annual membership remains at just £2 – a bargain! Do please feel free to join us at this or any of the other events listed above as new members are most welcome.”


January 2013

Frosted Holly BushAs we look forward to another year, I think we would all wish for better weather than in 2012 and none more so than the members of the Horticultural Society who, without exception, had problems of one kind or another in their gardens/allotments due to the unpredictable rainfall and lack of sunshine. This was reflected most notably in a much reduced number of Fruit & Veg entries at the Annual Show in September, although it was pleasing that the visiting judges said the standard of exhibits was still unexpectedly high. Gardeners, however, are a generally optimistic bunch and so we look forward to another year of Sowing & Growing with our customary enthusiasm. Listed below are our up-coming dates for 2013. Please feel free to join us at any/all events, as new members are always welcome – no previous experience required! Happy New Year.


Winter HollyDecember 2012

The recent Horticultural Society Christmas coffee morning went well with members and non-members alike enjoying their first cuppa and mince pie free with entrance fee. There was also holly & mistletoe for sale, a raffle and festive background music provided by Les Mitchell and our president Pete Eastman. The Seed Swap was also popular with many in attendance bringing seeds collected from their own gardens to swap with others or “swapping” for a small donation. Seed varieties included Cosmos, Antirrhinum and Everlasting Sweet Pea. The Committe would like to take this opportunity to wish you all a Merry Xmas and we hope to see you at our events in 2013.