The visit to Lindengate Charity Garden at Wendove 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
Now taking bookings for a coach trip the Royal Horticultural Gardens at Hyde Hall on Saturday 3rd August. This is the occasion of their Flower Show so, as well as a very attractive garden to visit, there will be many stalls selling plants, all manner of garden requisites (and food and drink). The cost will be £16.
Annual Show - 21st September
The Annual Show will be held on Saturday 21st September.
For more information go to the Show section of this web site.
Coach Trip - Malvern Autumn Show - 28th September
Arrangements are being made for a coach trip to the Malvern Autumn Show. Always plenty to see and do, including the National Vegetable Society Midland Branch Championship and the UK National Giant Vegetable Championship. The cost will be £31
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
Please note that the undermentioned event is now closed. HOWEVER, PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE IS A CHANGE OF PROCEDURE: BECAUSE OF THE HIGH NUMBER OF ENTRANTS WE ASK THAT YOU JUST BRING THE POTATOES FOR WEIGHING AT THE STORE.
As a tribute to Mr Graham Webster, the Society is running a 'Potato' Challenge
All procedes will go to the charity Lymphoma Action, a charity well supported by Graham.
A free 17lt potato growing bag and a potato of your choice from our stock will be available from the Trading Store at Old Stoke Road Allotment Site (HP21 8DF) on Sunday openings (9am to 12noon). We ask for a minimum donation of £1.50 to the Lymphoma charity. It will be for you to grow the potato on, using whatever compost/fertilizer you wish.
We then ask for you to bring the bag to the store on any Sunday up to 8th September to have the crop weighed. PLEASE NOTE THE CHANGE OF PROCEDURE FOR WEIGHING MENTIONED ABOVE.
The producer of the heaviest crop will receive a voucher to the value of £10, to be spent at the store. If the winner is not already a member of the society, membership will be given to cover up to the end of year 2020.
Schools' Potato Challenge
For the fifth year the Society has run the Schools Potato Challenge: fourteen entrants completed the competition. These schools were Bedgrove Infant (4 entrants), Broughton Infant, Broughton Junior, Harding House 6th Form, Haydon Abbey, Pebble Brook (2 classes), St Joseph's Catholic Infant, Stocklake Park, Turnfurlong Junior and William Harding Combined.
Each school was 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 early July and the top 3 schools were:
- Turnfurlong Junior School with a total of 4.0kg
- Bedgrove Infant School A with a total of 3.860kg
- Bedgrove Infant School HP with a total of 3.110kg
The heaviest single bag was grown by:
- Turnfurlong Junior School - their Kestrel potatoes weighed in at 1.710kg
An awards ceremony took place on 5th July, in conjunction with the Town Council ceremony. 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.
The Schools Potato Challenge is being run again this year.
Our thanks to BHGS Ltd, our suppliers of horticultural products, who have donated the compost for this year's bumper number of entrants.