Monthly Report

Congratulations to Gwen Smith, who looks after the raffle on club nights, she will be 100 years young on the 7th March

 

Along with innumerable other clubs and societies across the country which meet in a variety of indoor meeting rooms and halls, Snitterfield Garden Club has been halted in its tracks by the restrictions necessitated by the need to curb the spread of Coronavirus. 

 

The Club’s Committee, after discussion and with great reluctance, feels that it is not possible to hold our monthly Club Nights, averaging 60 attendees, in any form that would be acceptable or enjoyable as a social occasion. So I’m sure you can appreciate that the normal continuance and functioning of our Club has had to be formally suspended until such times as our accepted and preferred meeting format is allowed once more.  All our booked speakers are on hold until such times as we can plan a full programme once more. The case looks to be the same for our outside garden visits in the Summer, in  that our booked visits have been cancelled and re-booked for 2022.  However, should restrictions be eased so as to allow such visits, then a decision can be taken quickly by your Committee to book a local garden visit and/or a Club Summer Party. Watch this space….

 

As I update this Blog in late February 2021, it is still too soon to judge when our monthly Club Nights might be able to recommence,  but I’d like to assure you that as soon as more lenient rules allow our meetings to resume in the style we enjoy,  all those on the Members list for the last year in which subscriptions were received,  will be the first to be informed, and that’s you! And if you’re new to the area, please do contact us through the website and we will let you know directly as soon as there is positive news about our ability to meet.

 

In the meantime, we do have something to offer gardening enthusiasts:  if you’d like to click on our Programme Page, you will see that a number of online talks, by expert Speakers, are being offered by Tender Shoots Garden Club Network, of which SGC, along with a selection of other Garden Clubs around the country, is playing a part. Future talks will continue to be added, so please do visit this page to keep up to date.

 

To access the talks, it is simple to download the Zoom app, and then to listen/watch the various talks on your computer, iPad, even iPhone, from the comfort of your own chair with suitable beverage to hand, without leaving your home. There are chat rooms, including one for Snitterfield Garden Club, which offer you the chance to exchange a few words with familiar faces before and/or after the talk.  Please contact me directly at thehillcottagebb@hotmail.com for the details you will need to log in to the talks, once you have the Zoom app. If you are familiar with YouTube, then the TSGCN talks will also be screened live on this platform. You will also find links on the Programme Page to various  videos which will help you access both Zoom and YouTube if you are unsure.  TSGCN also has a page on YouTube where past talks are stored for you to re-visit, that’s if the Speaker has allowed them to be recorded.

 

I hope to see more Garden Club smiling faces enjoying the online talks in the near future. Until then it’s good to know that Spring is already unleashing her magic in the form of snowdrops and crocus, hellebores and iris, primroses and cyclamen. They should all be a reminder to us that nature doesn’t stop for anything and is always there to provide whatever physical and mental boost we may need.    Everything gains a better perspective once viewed after working out there with nature.

 

Footnote: Yvonne Spilman (yvopete@btinternet.com) has informed me that Stratford Garden Centre, the family-run business at Clifford Chambers, will deliver orders  for compost and manure of £40 and over free of charge  to CV37 addresses.  They will deliver the order to one address so perhaps you may like to combine an horder with other gardening friends.

 

Happy gardening!

Gillie Waldron Chairman/Programme Secretary

01789 731830

thehillcottagebb@hotmail.com