After being a member of the society for nearly 40 years it was a great honour to be elected your president at the AGM.
Past presidents have always mentioned the weather in the previous year. I will do so briefly. A very cold start to the year meant everything was late coming back to life, however mother nature is very resilient and with a little help not much damage was done. Then because the summer was long and hot, the importance of water conservation was vital to keep our plants alive.
As some of you are aware, over the last two or three years our society has struggled to survive, due to lack of interest and support. We have been thrown a lifeline by Matt, our new chairman, who has come up with some very innovative ideas to try and get young families involved. We are going to try and organize events to appeal to young people. Thanks to Matt there is a much greater presence on social media which we hope will encourage the younger generation. However I can assure our long standing members that they will not be forgotten. We will continue to hold our monthly meetings to introduce interesting speakers with a good range of subjects. We have also extended our classes in our two remaining shows to appeal to other interests apart from gardening.
Please understand, though, our 83 year old society is still not out of the woods. We now only have nine committee members to organize our events. We desperately need more help and support to enable the Rickmansworth Garden, Arts and Homecrafts Society to be a part of the local community.
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