Message from your chairman -

Dear Members, 

What a terrible summer for gardeners. First it is too dry and cold and nothing germinates and then it is warm
and plants burst into life and get battered by wind and rain. I am looking forward to the rest of the summer bringing us warm settled weather.  Good luck everyone for an enjoyable second half of the summer in your gardens.
When we sent out our March Newsletter we really did not know what this year had in store for us. The restrictions on our lives  and the lack of group mixing has gone on longer than I thought.  Apologies to members who read The Source as I said we would have a Village Hall meeting in July. Unfortunately  the government did not relax the rules  in time and we are now having our first hall meeting in September.  Instead, as a break from tradition many of us thoroughly enjoyed a trip round Collings Hanger Farm, Wren Davis,
courtesy of Virginia Deradour. There were two trips, one onThursday evening and  another on Saturday afternoon .
Thirty members on each day were taken round the farm on a cart towed by a tractor and had a most interesting tour followed by tea and homemade cakes in the barn. It was a treat to see the sheep in the orchard, the gorgeous calves being bottle fed and the lovely pigs in the wood.  Many thanks to Lesley for organising this trip.
Thanks also go to Lesley for organising our Zoom talks, the last being in June. They were very well supported and enjoyed by all members.
Our Annual Show will be on 5th September  from 1.30pm to 4pm. Here, we are breaking with tradition and will be holding the show in a marquee in their garden of Clarendon House, Clarendon Rd. There is a field with ample parking next to the marquee and the drive will be
sign posted. We will place a sign at each end of the road and have someone positioned at the end of the drive.
Our Wisley Coach trip  is scheduled for 18th September, I love Wisley at any time of the year and many of you will not have been since all the new building and alterations have been completed. It is a most worth while visit and the plants on sale are hard to resist!
Again, we feel able to hold our Harvest Supper on 16th October, we have the same delicious food as always and musical entertainment.
Our meetings for the rest of the year are as printed in the  Membership card.
Wimbledon and Football have meant quite a lot less gardening over the last couple of weeks and I have enjoyed the rest. I have to pick my broad beans for tea tonight and a few roses for a vase and that is it.
I continue to visit open gardens and have seen some amazing ones this year. I look forward to Bledlow Manor on Friday. I love that garden and go every year.
Here’s hoping for a lovely second half of summer  and our next Newsletter  as usual will be in October.
Sandra Robb

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