Our birthday celebration on 11th June 2016 was a great success. We hired the Cadogan Hall at the Royal Masonic School for Girls on Saturday evening 11th June. It was attended by 160 members and non-members
The guest speaker was Bob Flowerdew of B.B.C. Gardener’s Question Time fame, a very entertaining and amusing speaker. He turned much gardening advice on its head. His general theme was that the experts over the years have got it wrong for modern gardening, turning an enjoyable hobby into hard work. We were advised to sharpen our hoes, and grow for taste rather than for show or appearance! It was alight-hearted exploration of those less than wholly scientific, but rather interesting, aspects of gardening.
Long standing member, Andy Rogers, did a great job as Master of Ceremonies and the evening was organised by Heather Pinder with the help of the committee.
A presentation was made to Audrey and Vic Hind in recognition of their dedication to the Society over 45 years, Audrey as treasurer and Vic as Chairman.
The birthday cake (baked and donated by Maggie Brady) was cut by Bob and passed around. With our glasses of Prosecco held high, we toasted the Society. A toast was then proposed to her Majesty, the Queen, who was celebrating her 90th birthday on the same weekend.
The evening ended with a session of lively questions to Bob and a book signing.
Click on this link to see a seletion of photos from the event by photographer Sue Lacey: http://9688.tifmember.com/v/photos/flower80
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Our Summer Show was once more a success and in spite of several of our regular exhibitors being on holiday the tables were full and many trophies were won. An added attraction this year was a very impressive display of flowers and vegetables from the Garden Club run by.pupils of St Mary’s School. We hope this will become a regular feature.
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In spite of a very wet winter and early spring, Rickmansworth Horticultural Society held a highly successful and colourful Spring Show on Saturday 12th in St Mary’s Church Centre – the first of three planned for this year.
The awards were presented by Mr Les Mead, chairman of Three Rivers District Council accompanied by his wife Carol.
Les’ blog of the event:
Rickmansworth & District Horticultural Society has been in existence since 1936 and it was a real pleasure to be invited to attend and present the prizes at their Spring Flower Show. As you can see from my photos on Flickr (link below), it’s not just about Horticulture, there were also Domestic, Handicraft, Photographic and Junior Classes. It was a delight to meet the exhibitors and view their accomplishments which were on show for all to see. It made me yearn to get out into my greenhouse, vacated over the last 8 years, as being a councillor I never seem to find the time. We were welcomed by Mary Weatherilt, membership secretary, and Vic Hind the Chairman and shown the exhibits. The society has grown from strength to strength and now has 550 members, many of them present and it was good to see so many proud and happy people, willing to share their hobby.
Contact Mary on 775522 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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