CHAIRMAN’S REPORT FOR 2016
Once again welcome to the AGM. The Society has completed a successful year with our full range of activities – Shows, Talks, Outings, Plant Sale, Winter Social Evening and for the first time a Summer Social.
The Society’s Shows are our major effort and continue to be supported by a strong following of exhibitors who achieve an extremely high standard. The Show Secretaries’ Reports provide fuller details of each show in a later agenda item. With the proceeds of the Winter Social in 2015 we purchased new display stands for use in the Shows for paintings, photographs, quilts and notices.
Our talk in February was given by Christine North on “Topiary”. This included a practical demonstration of the art and was attended by 18 people. The second talk took place in March when Graham Pavey gave us some ideas for “Vertical Gardening”, with a similar attendance.
There were 2 outings in 2016 and a third had to be abandoned. On 18th May David Kirk of the Box Moor Trust led a group of 28 around the Bovingdon Brick Works. It turned out to be a fine evening and much was learned about the wildlife on our door step. The Second visit was to Rod Pengelly’s garden in Chalfont St Giles in June. Rod’s small garden is filled with 350 rose bushes for exhibition and another 150 on trial. It was amazing to see what he has accomplished and we thank him for inviting us and passing on his tips.
The Society put up 34 baskets in the High Street, 1 more than in the previous year. The winners, as judged by Vic Coe were Fyfes, second the Memorial Hall and in third place Seaways; the presentations were made at the Autumn Show.
The Village Gates continue to be maintained by some of our members - Sue Miller, Doreen Woods, Gillian Johansson, and Lindsey Coates and we thank them for their efforts to enhance the village.
In 2016 we held a Summer Social, the first time for many years. Our thanks go to John and Caroline Walker for offering to host the event in their garden. The weather was kind for us and approximately 35 people came along.
The Winter Social Evening was held on 11th November with over 90 people enjoying a Games Evening. This raised net proceeds of £361 which went towards the costs of staging our shows.
I must thank Mike Leon for organising the Bulk Order and the Plant Sale; Jill Leon for managing the membership records and the Road Stewards; Doreen Woods for writing our Newsletters and managing talks and the Thompson & Morgan seed order and to Stephen Rickard for maintaining the web site. Not forgetting Shirley Masterson for bookings and our Show Secretaries Mike Leon, John Walker and Sue Miller.
Sadly, I have to report that Sue Miller is leaving our committee. Sue has served the Society for many years in a variety of roles, mostly recently as Autumn Show Secretary and the creator of our Winter Socials and we thank her for all her contributions. It therefore important that we find someone to take on these roles.
Finally to our members, thank you for your support and please encourage your neighbours to join the Society. Your suggestions, comments and help are very welcome.
Ron Smith, Hon. Chairman