Looking forward to seeing new and old members at the February meeting. We have David Usher talking to us on bedding plants – although it seems we are still in the depths of Winter now is the time to start thinking about our summer bedding, especially if you grow from see or plugs now is the time to start sowing.
OUR ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP FEES ARE DUE, A SNIP AT JUST £5.00. ONCE YOU HAVE PAID YOU WILL RECEIVE THE DIARY OF EVENTS FOR 2019. THIS WILL ENABLE YOU TO GET DISCOUNTS OFF PLANTS AT WILLOWBROOK AND THE OLD WELL GARDEN CENTRES.
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.
AGM MINUTES FOR 2018
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.
2019 WEEKEND AWAY
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, Stone House Cottage Gardens, Dorothy Clive gardens.
We will be staying at the Best Western Plus Moat House, Stoke on Trent
£50 deposit required by 12 December 2018
Balance by the end of May
Contact Judith Major 680746 or Barbara Heaton 68142
PLEASE NOTE ALL PLACES HAVE NOW BEEN TAKEN BUT WE ARE TAKING NAMES TO PUT ON THE RESERVE LIST IN CASE ANYONE ON THE LIST IS UNABLE TO GO FOR ANY REASON.