August 24, 2018

Your Local Village Gardening Club

What a heat-wave we’ve had!! At least it’s cooled down and we’re now getting a few showers. Our August visit to the RHS Gardens at Wisley was a great success with twenty nine intrepid travellers taking advantage of our coach trip and enjoying a cool and rain-free day until the journey home – many of us happy that we wouldn’t have to water the garden/allotment when we got home.

Our next event is our Annual General Meeting – sounds boring? No it isn’t! We have a very short business section where the Committee is elected and annual reports and then it’s wine and nibbles with a talk by Richard Roslyn giving us an update on what’s happening in the gardens at Blewbury Manor. This takes place on WEDNESDAY 7TH NOVEMBER AT 7PM FOR 7.30PM IN THE VALE ROOM AT BLEWBURY VILLAGE HALL.

Our final event for 2018 will be our ANNUAL SOCIAL AT UPTON VILLAGE HALL ON SATURDAY 8TH DECEMBER AT 6.30PM. This event has become very popular over the past few years. It has a topic with the food relating to a particular country, together with lots of fun and games.

Do put these two dates in your diary and more information will be available in the next newsletter.

I expect many of you will be thinking about preparing your gardens/allotments for the winter in the next few months. Don’t forget we have tools you can use in return for a donation to the VPA. Contact Karen at Blewbury Post Office or Maggie in Upton on 850126 to find out what’s available.

DID YOU KNOW? Britain remains the world’s chief cultivator of the gooseberry. In the mid 18th century Lancashire weavers, recently arrived in the towns from their cottages in the countryside, took to growing gooseberries in pots in the absence of any land or gardens to cultivate. Gooseberry competitions, to see who could grow the largest berries, became a popular pastime and a great number of gooseberry clubs were formed across the north in the years that followed.   HAPPY GARDENING   Eileen