Experienced and beginner amateur gardeners

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The Kilmington Gardening Club brings together both experienced and beginner amateur gardeners in a convivial atmosphere and aims to provide a range of events throughout the year to enhance members’ gardening experience. What do we do? We:

  • organise the Kilmington Flower Show, in conjunction with the Annual Village Show
  • have monthly meetings with talks on Plants, Gardens and Gardeners – see the Annual Programme page
  • visit gardens both in the area and further afield – details on the website and at our monthly meetings
  • have a Spring Plant Market
  • exchange plants and ideas
  • enjoy discounts at local nurseries
  • are affiliated to the RHS

All this for only £7 per person per annum – terrific value! More information on how to join can be found here.

We are also members of the Gold Club, a group of Garden Centres – Brimsmore Gardens, Yeovil, Poundbury Gardens, near Dorchester and Castle Gardens, Sherborne. For more information about The Gold Club click here: http://www.thegardeneronline.co.uk/the-gold-club

Last year we were anticipating vaccines and the possible return to normality and here we are in 2022, triple jabbed and still awaiting a return to normality! Although 2021 was challenging in so many ways, the Gardening Club managed a restricted programme of events, so our thanks to the Committee for their perseverance and hard work. Undaunted, we wish you all a very happy New Year and here’s hoping that 2022 will be a great year for the Gardening Club.

At the AGM in November, the Committee underwent some notable changes, details of which are detailed below. Our new Chairman, Mary-Anne Driscoll, has started the year by sending this message to our members:

“I thought I would write to introduce myself as the new Chairman. I have, as some of you know, lived in the village for 12 years and have been a member of the Gardening Club committee for around five years. Many of you will have visited my garden at Betty’s Ground when it has been open to visitors for Hospiscare or the NGS and I look forward to seeing you there again this year.”

“I am very grateful to Gill Gibbs for handing over the chairman reins so well and hope you will forgive me if it takes me a while to get up to speed and to get to know you all. Speaking of which, I have very poor eyesight and facial recognition is increasingly difficult, so if I don’t recognise you, please don’t take offence, just re-introduce yourself. I’m getting better at recognising people’s voices and gestures, so a friendly wave and hello if out and around the village is very helpful.”

“It’s been a challenge finding speakers for our Friday talks this year, so we have decided to start the year’s activities in February on the 11th with a quiz night and social. More information will follow. In the meantime, put the date in your diary and gather your teams of six.”

“Our bank has now introduced monthly charges, plus a 40p charge for every cheque deposited and a percentage charge for cash deposits and withdrawals. We are therefore asking members to pay their membership fee (still £7 per person) by BACS transfer if at all possible. To further reduce bank charges to a minimum, we are investing in a card reader, so keeping cash and cheque payments to a minimum. If electronic payments are problematic for you, you can of course continue to pay by cheque or cash.”

“We have in the past collected membership fees at our first meeting and will do the same in February. Anyone wishing to pay before then to avoid the queue could pay via BACS. The account information is as follows:

Account: Kilmington Gardening Club
Sort Code: 40-08-38
Account No: 40508020

Account details are also on the Membership Application form on the Annual Programme page of the website or email bev.perkins@btinternet.com for bank details. Please email Bev to let her know that you have made a payment.”

“Last year‘s AGM outlined committee responsibilities and for those of you who were unable to attend they are as follows:

– Mary-Anne Driscoll, Chair
– Jane Chalk, Deputy Chair
– Jennie Seaton, Treasurer
– Bev Perkins, Membership and Administrative Secretary
– Leslie Rew, Talks Organiser
– Jean Falconer, Show Secretary and website administrator

In addition, Christine Mills is kindly continuing to organise the visits and Judy Godfrey has kindly agreed to be co-opted onto the committee and is taking on responsibility for the raffle.”

“I’m very grateful to them all and very much look forward to welcoming others of you to help with a one-off specific event, or for getting more involved in all aspects relating to helping the gardening club provide regular educational and social events throughout the year.”

“We are beginning to organise this year‘s Plant Market and village Open Gardens. Anyone wishing to help or contribute ideas, please contact Jane or myself. Our contact details are on the ‘Who We Are’ page of the website.

“Our first event is on February 11th, the quiz night. Other topics covered this year include:

– March 11th: Grow your Own, which will help us all grow great vegetables for the summer show, no excuses! Plus potential seed swap.
– April 8th : Water, water everywhere (ponds and bog gardens)
– May 13th: Designing your dream garden
– June 10th: The Head Gardener from the Bishop’s Palace in Wells will talk about the beautiful gardens there.”

“So, lots to look forward to. More information including the full talks list will be available at the February meeting. Also at the February meeting, we need to have an Extraordinary General Meeting to share with members changes needed to the club rules in relation to financial auditor becoming known as the financial examiner.”

“I would be very interested in hearing people’s ideas on what the Gardening Club might additionally provide for you and your families. Let’s make this a great gardening year together. See you in February if not before.”

Mary-Anne

Annual Membership

The cost of annual membership in 2021 remains at only £7 per person, which entitles you to free admission to our interesting monthly talks held in Kilmington Village Hall on the second Friday of the month.
Application Form

Upcoming Visits And Events

Upcoming Talks

Contacts

B. J. Lewis (President)

01297-35159

Mary-Anne Driscoll (Chairman)

07778-000200

Beverley Perkins (Secretary and Membership Secretary)

01297-631801

Jean Falconer (Show Secretary)

01297-33708

Jennie Seaton (Treasurer)

01297-739107

Christine Mills (Outings Secretary)

Tel: 01297-599018

Jane Chalk (Vice-Chairman and Plant Market Organiser)

Tel: 01297-33063

Lesley Rew (Talks Organiser)

Tel: 07900-827689