The Society has set itself a target date of Monday 29th March 2021 for the resumption of meetings at Avonway.
Debbie Merry our Programme Secretary has stood down the booked speakers for January and February next year as it seems that it would be overly optimistic to meet during these two winter months.
We will only be able to meet in March if it is safe for us to do so, complying at all times with Coronavirus Covid-19 restrictions applicable at that time.
There must be a certain amount of optimism in setting this target, which will be reviewed periodically as time progresses.
Meanwhile we will continue to keep in contact with all members by email or personally delivered newsletters and this website will be updated to set out the situation for meeting up in March 2021.
At a meeting of the committee on 8th September a decision was taken to cancel our AGM planned for 30th November due to the continuing uncertainties surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic.
Although we have a full programme of events arranged for next year, we do not know yet when it well be safe to resume our meetings . At present we need to err on the side of caution when it comes to meeting in a large gathering.
It is with regret that we announce the cancellation of our meetings originally planned to take place at Avonway on 28th September and 26th October 2020.
The Committee is planning to meet in September and a decision will then be taken regarding the AGM on 30th November.
Today we should have had a coach full of members and friends visiting Abbotsbury Gardens where many would be looking forward to having a splendid lunch!
Susan’s hard work in organising a trip that couldn’t go ahead because of Covid-19 prohibitions can be appreciated by looking at the Garden Visits website https://www.gardenvisit.com/gardens/abbotsbury_gardens
Do take a look – it’s well worth it!
FORDINGBRIDGE AND DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY
Society buoyant with new Photo Gallery
In common with all other clubs, societies and community groups that meet at Avonway Community Centre, members of Fordingbridge Horticultural Society have not met since its meeting in February. Disappointingly, all subsequent events have been cancelled, including Plant Sales, the main fund-raising events of the year, the Spring and Summer Shows, and the outing to Abbotsbury due to have taken place this month.
The Society is mindful of the need to keep in touch with members in the absence of monthly meetings, so at the end of March a new feature was introduced to the Society website in the form of a Photo Gallery. Members that have access to the internet were invited by email to send in photographs of their gardens to feature in a Spring Gallery. This has been a great success, and over sixty images have accumulated during the past ten weeks. Weekly emails are issued identifying those that have submitted photographs for inclusion; from the feedback received this website page has generated much interest, so a second page has now been added in the form of a Summer Gallery. Members continue to send in their garden photographs that will be added to the Gallery. Everyone can access the Society website at www.fanddhs.org.uk and we are delighted to promote this facility for all in the community.
At the time of drafting this update, it is still very much crystal ball gazing as to when the meeting venue will reopen, due to the need to maintain self-distancing and how the rooms can be cleaned to accord with government requirements. So for the foreseeable future we will continue to keep in touch with members by email to inform on changes to the website and house-keeping matters in general.
DNM/20200605 Society Report