October 2011 – AGM and Quiz

Members enjoyed an informative AGM with Hilary Magnay giving some fascinating facts and figures about our Annual Show. The biggest change was to vote in a new Vice Chairman – Keith Evans – who agreed to continue as Membership Secretary too! Thank you Keith. Other familiar names remain on the Club books with Mary Duff elected again as Chair, Gwyneth Page as Treasurer, Hilary Magnay, Shirley Cooper. Michael Pollard, Joan Smith and Barbara Harper as Committee members.

We were delighted to welcome three new members to the Committee – Sue Allsworth, Jo Fisher and Pam Coombs. We know that they will contribute many new ideas to enable the Club to continue to prosper.

However the Club could not function without its members who help in so many different ways. Special thanks to Robin Dring who man-handles the plants and the sound equipment at every meeting, Peter Lake for publicity in Fowlmere, Peter Duff. Andrew Francis, Mel and Jill Vinton and Owen Smeeton who always turn up at the hall when we need assistance and Jane Dring for arranging our very popular plant stall at every meeting. Mention must be made too of the many ladies who help with the catering whenever it is needed.

Following the AGM we enjoyed a social evening with wine and nibbles. Glen Link was our superb quizmaster.

The next Club year will be a very special one as it will be our 50th birthday. The new Committee’s first job is to decide how we can celebrate in style – perhaps a special speaker (Bob Flowerdew has been mentioned, perhaps a special event (Gardeners’ Question Time?), a coach trip …………. , another lovely garden party? Watch this space.

Whilst waiting, come along to our next meeting when Dr Tim Upson, the Curator of Cambridge Botanic Gardens will be telling us all about Lavender.

Mary Duff
Chair Fowlmere & Thriplow Gardening Club

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