Activities

Garden Visit - Lindengate - 19th June

The visit to Lindengate Charity Garden at Wendover went as planned. It is a very interesting garden and the work they do there is very worthwhile. It will be open under the National Gardens Scheme in September. Well worth a visit.

Coach Trip - RHS Garden Hyde Hall - 3rd August

The trip to the Royal Horticultural Gardens at Hyde Hall on Saturday 3rd August went well. The weather was perfect and there was plenty to see and do ... and lots of opportunity to spend your money on plants, etc. 

Annual Show - 21st September

The Annual Show was held on  Saturday 21st September.

For more information go to the Show section of this web site.

Coach Trip - Malvern Autumn Show - 28th September

The coach trip to the Malvern Autumn Show took place on Saturday 28th September. As anticipated there was plenty to see and do, including the National Vegetable Society Midland Branch Championship and the UK National Giant Vegetable Championship. 

Annual General Meeting 2020

Annual General Meeting of the Society will be held at Aylesbury Grammar School on Friday 17th January 2020.

After the meeting light refreshments will be served and then we will be entertained/educated by a talk by the National Vegetable grower and competitor, Mr John Branham

Annual General Meeting 2019

The Annual General Meeting of the Society was held at Aylesbury Grammar School on Friday 11th January 2019.

The president opened the meeting with the sad news that our treasurer, Mr Graham Webster, had recently died.

The following were elected as officers of the Society:
President: Mr. R. James
Chairman: Mr. K. Keasley
Vice chairman: Mr. C. Gray

Treasurer: Mrs H Murray
Secretary: Mr J Benham

The following were re-elected to serve on the committee for a further 3 years:
Mr D Johnston, Mr D Meakin, Mr D Paternoster, Mr R Powell and Mr B Saunders.

In recognition of his contribution to the Society Mr Michael Griffin was elected as a Life Member of the Society.

After the meeting we were entertained by Mr Ian Currie. His subject was of great interest to us all - the weather! 

Tribute to Mr Graham Webster

Cheque presentation

As a tribute to our late treasurer. Graham Webster, the Society organised a fund raising event in the form of a 'Potato Challenge'. Participants were asked to donate at least £1.50 and for this they were provided with a potato growing bag and a seed potato. The challenge was to see who could produce the heaviest crop.

All donations were to go to Lymphoma Action - a charity well supported by Graham.

In the event the heaviest crop was submitted by Mr David Ridgway, weighing in at 2.3kg, and the sum raised for Lymphoma Action was £730. The cheque was presented at our Annual Show on 21st September.


Schools' Potato Challenge

Turnfurlong Junior School - winners of the Ann Miles Trophy and also winners of the 'heaviest single bag' award

For the sixth year the Society has run the Schools Potato Challenge, There were many more entrants this year – 39 entrants from eighteen schools. Unfortunately some had to drop out for a variety of reasons but we still had to visit and weigh 27 entries from 12 different schools. Where a school had several classes entered, the class with the best result was entered for the awards.

Each school had been provided with three 17lt potato growing bags; compost; 3 seed potatoes (one each of Abbot, Kestrel and Red Duke of York) and a small quantity of organic fertiliser.

The resulting crops were weighed in late June and the top 3 schools were:

  • Turnfurlong Junior School, class 5J with a total of 3.335kg
  • Pebble Brook School with a total of 2.945kg
  • Bedgrove Infant School, ‘Elephant’ class with a total of 2.650kg

The heaviest single bag was grown by:

  • Turnfurlong Junior School, class 5J - their Kestrel potatoes weighed in at 1.300kg

An awards ceremony took place on 4th July, in conjunction with the Town Council ceremony, at Lindengate Charity Garden. Our president, Mr Ray James, presented the Ann Miles Trophy to the winning school. Also, the winners, 2nd and 3rd and the heaviest single bag winner were presented with engraved glass trophies. The Ann Miles Trophy will be held for one year.

Our thanks to BHGS Ltd, our suppliers of horticultural products, who have donated the compost for this year's bumper number of entrants.