NEW VENUE As I informed you previously we have decided to move the venue for our speakers’ meetings to the Sport Pavilion. The reason for this is that the Town Hall is too small for us to spread out and keep a distance between the chairs in accordance with Covid requirements. The Pavilion is about 50% bigger than the Town Hall. We have met there previously for a short time in the Pavilion, about 8-9 years ago. The Pavilion is further from the centre of Watlington, but on the other hand it has no stairs and has ample parking outside the door.
We will have no plant table or raffle and will not be serving tea or coffees for the time being. We ask people to wear a mask.
And if you are feeling ill or have any Covid symptoms please do not come.
I know some of you live quite far from the Pavilion and do not want to drive at night. We may be able to give you a lift. If you need one, give me a call 01491 612368 Pavilion address. For those of you who have not visited the Pavilion the post code is OX49 5BZ . You get to it down the turning signed to the Watlington Football Club. Coming from the M40 it is just beyond the white gates at the entrance to Watlington, the first turning on the right. AGM followed by a talk given by Sandy Primrose You will remember Sandy has talked to us before and we visited his garden in High Wycombe. The title of his talk is Daises, Dahlias and Dendranthemas - An introduction to the Aster family and their roles in agriculture and medicine. AGM: All members are invited to the Watlington Gardening Club AGM which will take place before the talk. Attached you will find copies of the Agenda, last year’s minutes. VISITS: We have a visit booked to The Grange in Chalgrove on Wednesday 8th September at 2pm. The cost is £10.00 pp to include afternoon tea. This is a self- drive visit. The address is 1 Berrick Road, Chalgrove, Oxfordshire OX44 7RQ There are 11 acres of garden including herbaceous borders and a field turned into a prairie with many grasses - looking their best in September - and a wildflower meadow. There is a lake with bridges and a planted island, a dried riverbed and a labyrinth. A brook runs through the garden with a further pond, arboretum, an old orchard and partly walled vegetable garden. You can visit the website for more details. https://www.thegrangegardener.com and I’ve Attached is an information sheet. Let us know if you would like to go with us and please could you make payments direct to the Club bank account and put your name as a reference so we know who has paid. If you cannot do a transfer could you bring cash or a cheque to the visit. These are the Bank details. Watlington Gardening Club, Lloyds Bank, Sort code 30-98-56, A/C no. 00496266. SUBSCRIPTIONS: We will be collecting the new season’s subscription next month. The cost will be the same, £18.00, and I will be giving details in the October Newsletter. OPEN GARDENS: A few gardens in Watlington are opening on the 18th September in the afternoon. Tickets will be for sale in the village during the previous weekends. FUTURE SPEAKERS: We are not producing a programme at present because the future is unsure and the speakers for the whole season have not been booked. But these are the next speakers: October: Billy Stott (Of Stotts Nursery at Ibstone): Travels of a horticultural student - Billy recounts his tales for the horticultural trade from student to nursery owner and probably plant sales. November: Victoria Longue. The Highs & Lows of growing vegetables. This is to be confirmed.