We are arranging a couple of trips out over the summer months.  The first one will be on Wednesday 10th July meeting in the Parish Hall Car park at 1.30pm with a view to car share.   We will be visiting High Gardens in Kenton.   A garden with a nursery attached with self service tea and cake.  Admission is £3.50

The second visit will be to Little Ash Bungalow near Honiton.  1.5 acres of mixed borders, wildlife friendly.  The day we have arranged to go is Wednesday August 14th again meet in the Parish Hall Car park at 1.30pm and car share again.   Admission is £4.00 plus extra for tea and cake.   We are taking names for both gardens and collecting £4.00 for Little Ash Bungalow gardens.  Both gardens look very interesting and hope you can join us.




This year we are heading off to the Stoke on Trent Area

28 – 30th June 2019

Gardens we will be visiting Trentham Gardens, Spetchley Park, Old Moseley Hall, Dorothy Clive gardens.

We will be staying at the Best Western Plus Moat House, Stoke on Trent

Cost £200pp

£50 deposit required by 12 December 2018

Balance by the end of May

Contact Judith Major 680746 or Barbara Heaton 68142



POTTINGER CUP is an annual competition in the form of a quiz that is between local gardening clubs, Hemyock, Culmstock, Willand and Sampford Peverell.    This year the quiz was devised in the form of a pub quiz so all teams had the same questions to answer, and it went very well, especially as Hemyock WON!  Well done to Jane, Sue, Sarah and Marie it was a close run thing with Willand.




Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on Wednesday, 14th November, 2018 at 7.30 p.m. in the Main Hall, Hemyock Parish Hall.


In the absence of the Chairman, who is still undergoing chemotherapy, Brenda Calcraft welcomed the 33 members present.  She thanked John and Sue Scantlebury for providing the wine and nibbles which, on a particularly miserable evening, would hopefully help to cheer everybody up.


Apologies were received from Bob Hawkes, John and Jan Lewer, Annette Hart, Jim Pritchard.


The Minutes of the 2017 AGM were read, approved and signed.


There were no Matters Arising.


Treasurer’s Report.  Copies of the accounts had been circulated and as the Treasurer, Stewart Smith, was not present Brenda Calcraft asked Tony Butler if he would kindly talk us through the figures.  There were no questions and they were proposed for adoption by Karen Pinder and seconded by Gillian Hawkes.


Chairman’s Report.  The Chairman reported on another very successful year with our membership increasing.  The monthly lectures had been interesting with thanks to Kathy Jones and Colin Mitchell for organising them.  The Spring and Autumn Shows continue to be very well supported, with members managing to produce wonderful displays despite at times some very challenging conditions.  Barbara Heaton has now stepped down as Show Secretary with John Scantlebury taking over.  Brenda Calcraft continues to organise the Ploughmans Lunches, and Afternoon, Teas, which are as popular as ever.


The weekend away continued our long line of successful trips and particular thanks go to Jane Smith but also Judith Major and Stewart Smith for the organisation and selection of some truly interesting gardens.  Plans are already well advanced for the trip next year based around the Trentham Estate in Staffordshire.


Our finances remain strong under the stewardship of Stewart Smith.


We hosted the Pottinger Cup and introduced a new format which went down very well with the competing teams and, with home advantage, Hemyock were victorious.  We were well supported by our members, who also provided a wonderful buffet supper for all the visitors.  Congratulations to the winning team of Jane Smith, Sue Scantlebury, Marie Dear and Sara Hamilton.


The Chairman finished his report by thanking all the Committee for their hard work, commitment and sense of fun over the past eight years that he had served and was sad to announce his retirement.  He had enjoyed the appointment from day one.  The Secretary would also be resigning after twelve years in office but the remainder of the Committee were making themselves available for re-election.  He was confident that next year would be equally as exciting as previous years.

Election of Officers.  Brenda Calcraft was proposed as Chairman by Judith Major and seconded by Marie Dear.  Brenda only agreed to this if a Vice Chairman could be appointed to stand in for her as and when needed.  Barbara Heaton agreed to take on this role, proposed by Brenda Calcraft and seconded by Tony Butler.  The remaining members of the Committee were proposed en bloc by Doreen Perrott and seconded by Gillian Hawkes.  Sue Scantlebury was proposed as Secretary by Karen Pinder and Seconded by Gillian Hwkes.  Brenda Calcraft asked if anyone present would like to join the Committee but there were no volunteers.


Appointment of Accounts Examiners.  Tony Butler was asked if he would continue in this role.  On the proviso that he would have a word with Stewart about making his figures slightly more legible, he would continue.  He was given a small gift as a token of our appreciation.   Proposed by Jane Smith and seconded by Barbara Heaton.


Any Other Business   As the Committee now consists of eight members instead of ten, Jane Smith said that volunteers would be needed at the two Shows to help with lunches and afternoon teas.


Karen Pinder and Gillian Hawkes were prepared to continue as Programme Secretaries but not stand on the Committee.

There being no further business Brenda Calcraft closed the AGM at 8.00 p.m.

Quizzes were provided by Brenda Calcraft and coffee and biscuits were served by John and Sue Scantlebury.

















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