Fordingbridge and District Horticultural Society

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

With only one week to go the Society remains on course to re-commence monthly meetings for members at Avonway. This is really great news, but I know that some of you are still very concerned about meeting up in a group with people that you have not seen or spoken to since we were last at Avonway in February 2020. We have absolutely no idea how many members to expect next Monday 27th September; we have made arrangements to see that chairs will be socially distanced, although if you come with someone that you would like to sit with you, just move your chairs closer together. Remember that there is no mandatory requirement for face masks to be worn, but if you feel happier by doing so, then please wear them; Mary and I will be! The room will be well ventilated with windows open and hand sanitisers will be available. Just be sensible and sensitive about others around you, and please stay away if you have the germ of a cold or cough, even if you have recently had your ‘flu jab. Names of those attending the meeting will be noted by our Chairman and retained for a month for track and trace purposes.

Now moving on to a few more details; the meeting will start at our usual time of 7.30pm and the speaker will be Roger Frampton on ‘Orchids and their care’. If you have a problem Orchid plant, do bring it along and Roger will do his best to give you some tips to assist in its future care. We will be running our Table Show but no competition points will be awarded, only the first, second and third place garden tokens. There will be three classes; the longest runner  bean, three tomatoes – all of one kind; and three dahlias. There’s a chance for a keen member to go home with £9 worth of tokens to spend! Tea or coffee will be available, as the Avonway kitchen is back in operation; we will  instruct you about staggering the queue to the kitchen serving hatch, but there will not be any charge for the refreshments; however, if you’re really keen to make a donation, please do so.

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With the recent reopening of Avonway Community Centre, we are on course to resume monthly meetings on 27th September at 7.30pm.

The speaker will be Roger Frampton on Orchids and their care. Please bring along any pot grown orchid if you require guidance on its care.

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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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