Tintern Garden Club

Annual and Monthly Reports

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Report on February 2019 Meeting
Our Garden Club members were buzzing with anticipation for our February meeting. The village’s own Master Beekeeper Adam Parker gave us a fascinating talk on the life of bees, the history of beekeeping and why bees are so important for pollination and for the survival of the human race. We saw some incredible video clips of bees gathering pollen, doing their waggle dance and collecting water from ponds. With the help of a bee-flight-cam we even saw that the queen bee mates in flight with up to 13 males (who then all immediately die after their ‘bits’ fall off!). After that gruesome revelation, we sweetened the atmosphere with a tasting session of honeys from all over the world - including Indian, Finnish, Romanian, lavender, chocolate buckwheat and coffee honeys, and, of course, our very own local Tintern honey from the Parker family.

The monthly competition was to bring along something decorated with bees, judged by our speaker. The sweet taste of success went to our winner Judith Dudley for a lovely honey-spoon, with Colin Dudley in second place and Lindsay Cobb in third. Thank you to all competitors.
Report on January 2019 Meeting (AGM)
The January meeting of Garden Club was our AGM. It was great to see so many members attending to discuss the successes of 2018 and to get ready for a brand new programme this year.

Our Chairman, Jane, reminded us of highlights over the past year, including the wide range of speakers organised by Terry, the lovely summer party at the Vineyard and the great support for our garden stall selling plants and produce at the village hall table sales and the village fete. Jane has stepped down as Chairman after a great three years and we all thanked her for her hard work over the years. Dave reviewed the successful annual show last summer and inspired us to start planning our plantings, veg growing and crafting for this summer! Bernard, our Treasurer, reassured us that our finances are in sound shape and that membership levels are hearty. The new 2019 programme will be handed out soon to all members.

Each month we hold a competition and, as they say, points win prizes! The overall winner with the most points for 2018 was Lindsay Cobb, who won a lovely scarf with a beautiful hare design. The runners up were Dave Tuffery and Judith Dudley.

The committee for 2019 is Colin Dudley (Chairman), Sue Hassell (Vice Chairman), Bernard Bradshaw (Treasurer), Terry Morrison (Programme Secretary), Dave Tuffrey (Show Secretary), Carole Ostler (Minutes Secretary) and Lindsay Cobb (Publicity Officer).

Chairman’s Annual Report for 2018

2018 kicked off with the talk & demonstration by Clyde Hoare on Basket Making. This talk prompted us to book Clyde for a half day course later in the year to make a forage basket. In March Henry Hodge gave an interesting talk about hidden Chepstow, encouraging us all to pay more attention to our local buildings and heritage. In April Marion Stainton explained how raised beds can work in gardens and we now have a couple of these that Dave constructed on the ground by the Filling Station Café. Last year tomatoes, chard, beetroot and leeks were grown and there is also a herb wheel please do help yourself to the herbs. In May we went to Coleford to look around Meadow Cottage Garden. The evening was delightfully warm so we were able to have our tea and cake sitting outside. For the Garden visit in June we went to Rockfield Park where I was amazed by their vegetables - much further advanced than mine. Also in June we had the plant stall at the village fete this was very popular with the buyers. However we do rely on donations of plants and garden related items so if you are planting up any seeds or dividing plants grow a few extra for the fete. It is a great opportunity to promote the club to the villagers and visitors and makes us a bit of money as well which goes towards the cost of the speakers.
July’s Garden Party was held at the Vineyard, many thanks to Colin and Judith for hosting this. August we had the Annual Show which Dave will talk about later. September the talk was about Fred Hando and although I was not there I gather it was good. October saw Wendy Conway come back and talk about their latest photographic trip to South Africa. We rounded off the talks for the year with Alan Parker telling us how sundials work I did not realise how decorative and varied they can be. Then in December we had our usual Christmas party.
Many thanks to Terry Morrison for providing us with such a varied & enjoyable programme, and to all of you for coming to the meetings, entering the competitions and providing the teas.
The new Garden at the hall is coming along courtesy of funding from TAP and volunteers from the village hall and garden club. We do need to work on the next phase this Spring and cut back quite a few more of the shrubs and honeysuckle so look out for dates in the newsletter.
January 2019

Show Secretary’s Report for 2018

This year’s show had a record number of entries and entrants. There were a total of 348 confirmed entries, up on last year’s figure of 295. The breakdown was:-

Garden Club show 2018 winners

Only two classes did not have any entries being Ball dahlias and Short carrots.
A total of 60 people put in entries of which 21 were members of the garden club, 9 were adult non-members from the village and 30 were children. This shows that opening up the show to non-members in the rest of the village has been worthwhile as there has been a steady increase in entries in the last six years.
The room was quite full of entries with the new hall stage units being successfully used as additional table space. We also had a good number of people, both local and passing tourists who came through the door to have a look and have some tea and cake. Thanks to those that helped on the day and before with stewarding, baking cakes to sell and serving teas etc. All in all a good team effort. It was an excellent show case for the village and the talents of the residents.
The long standing judge for the cookery section, Mary Cook, has finally decided to hang up her apron and retire from judging. Apparently it was only our show that she still judged. A card of thanks signed by the members has been sent to her.
I am prepared to do another year as show secretary, if there are no other takers, but I hope that someone else will step into the breach the following year.

Dave Tuffery, Show Secretary