Fordingbridge and District Horticultural Society

A very friendly group with a shared interest in plants and gardens

The Society continues to make plans for a resumption of its meetings from 27th September 2021.

A committee meeting is to be held on 13th July and we shall be considering how a restart can be made whilst taking all appropriate measures to ensure that no member will be put at risk by attending. The management at Avonway anticipates that they will be fully open by the middle of September to all clubs and societies. We shall be co-operating with them in regard to specific requirements they may wish to make so that everyone can feel safe by entering and using their facilities.

A further update will follow after the relaxation of Covid restrictions is confirmed on 19th July.

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Sadly, the Community Centre at Avonway remains closed, and so it will not come as a surprise to you that the Society officers’ and Committee have unanimously agreed that planned meetings in April (the re-arranged 2020 AGM), May and June are cancelled.

Disappointingly, although there  were hopes at one time that our Plants Sales on 8th & 15th May outside the Library would go ahead this year, we have made the sensible decision, given their popularity, to cancel these events as well, since it would be almost impossible to comply with the strict guidelines in place for social distancing. This decision has not been taken lightly, and has caused much disappointment to those that have been growing plants in their greenhouse for sale to the public in May. Further news on ‘plants for sale’ in April.

For the second year running, the Evening show in June has had to be cancelled and no Schedule will be printed for that event.

Therefore, with everything cancelled up to and including the June meeting, we shall all have to keep our fingers crossed that we shall be able to meet up on 27th September.

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Sadly, because of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic, the meeting on 29th March has had to be cancelled.

In April we were hoping to hold  the Annual General Meeting, delayed from last November. That event seems destined to be cancelled as well;  as soon as we can safely hold events at Avonway we will let members know by email, with a suitable notification here on the website. Clearly we will need to adjust our programme as the situation changes during the coming months.

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FORDINGBRIDGE AND DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY

The planned Programme of Events for 2021 can be found under Calendar.

Optimistically, and subject to Avonway being reopened, we are still aiming to restart our meetings on March 29th 2021, in compliance with current Covid-19 rules.

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Dear Society Members,

About now we should be holding our AGM, having a few drinks and nibbles and setting ourselves up for the forthcoming seasonal festivities.  We all know why this is not happening and it will be a while before we can meet again.  Your Committee are keeping abreast of the ever changing situation and as soon as physically and healthily possible we will recommence our programme of speakers.  In the meantime enjoy Christmas as much as you can within the rules and stay safe.  Hopefully the Spring will bring better fortunes for us all.  Until then best wishes.

Keith Bennett

President