CHAIRMAN’S REPORT FOR 2017
Once again welcome to the AGM. The Society has completed a successful year with our full range of activities – Shows, Talks, Outings, Plant Sale, Summer and Winter Socials.
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.
We held two talks; the first in March was given by Chris Chadwell who gave an account of his plant hunting activities in the Himalayas entitled “Lilies, Llamas and Leeches”. The second, in April was “Gardening with the Well Beloved” given by given by the gardening writer Val Bourne in which she described how her cottage garden was transformed from a weed ridden plot to organic productivity and beauty. These talks were a little better attended, but we would love to see more of you coming to these events. If you have suggestions of topics you would like covered please let us know. There was evening visit to Springfield, the garden maintained by the children of Bovingdon Academy which is hidden away at the back of the school property. We were led around by Glynis Trustin who has joined our committee to help with children’s activities. It was a pity that only a few members came along as they would have been amazed at what has been created. The outing in June was an evening visit to The Plant Specialist in Great Missenden. We were given a guided tour and talk followed by refreshments. This is an excellent nursery for perennials
Every year the shop keepers of Bovingdon High Street purchase hanging baskets which are also funded by the Parish Council and Bovingdon Horticultural Society. On Tuesday 25th July judging took place by Stafford Salt (a member of the Middlesex Guild of Horticultural Judges) who came over from Iver. This year's winner Pendley Estates, Second was Fyfe's Butchers, Third was the Gentlemen's Barber. The baskets were planted up by Steve Foskett Nurseries of Chipperfield. The winners will be presented with their prizes at the Autumn Show on 9th September.
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.
There was a Summer Social in July and we are very grateful to Jane and Brian Bradnock for hosting this event. The Winter Social Evening was held on 10th November with over 90 people enjoying an evening of ferret racing. Abington Ferret Rescue Centre brought along over 50 ferrets and we ran a tote on the races. The event raised £334 to help our finances and out of this a donation of £50 was sent to Perennial (Gardeners Royal Benevolent Society).
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, outings 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 and John Walker.
Both Shirley Masterson and Jane Bradnock are leaving our committee and we will miss their efforts and contributions. Also we are still missing someone to take the a role as Show Secretary; Gillian Johansson has kindly agreed to step in for this year. We look forward to someone stepping forward to help as the tasks cannot continue to fall on a decreasing number of volunteers.
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