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Autumn 2017 Update

By now members will have received their excellent Year Book – plenty of reading there! We are very grateful for all the hard work by Angela Lobley, our Editor, and Steve Lobley for his beautiful photographs, as well as all the contributors and advertisers. A huge thank you! We are sorry to say that Angela and Steve are stepping down from the committee and their various tasks – they will be sorely missed. Among other things, we are urgently seeking a new Editor for the Year Book and photographs from the shows. Please let us know if you think you might be able to help – your committee isn’t getting any younger and we really need more members to be actively involved! So, let’s show our enthusiasm at the annual seminar on October 7th. Once again Steve has produced a fine compilation of his pictures from this year’s shows which we’ll see at noon. In the afternoon Kit Strange from Kew Gardens – one of our regular judges and a wide-ranging plant hunter – will be giving an illustrated talk on the ‘Floral Treasures of Eastern Turkey’. Your committee looks forward to seeing you there!

Farewell to Pops Plants

The weekend of 6th – 7th May saw the final Open Days; held for local charities, of Pops Plants at Downton. As usual Lesley and Gill were on hand to offer help and advice. New homes have been found for the four National Collections of Auriculas that they have held for a number of years. After over 25 years they have also decided to close the business, so although no longer selling plants to the public they do plan on continuing growing plants for enjoyment and showing. That is assuming that time permits with all the other activities they have in mind. Friends and Members of the Societies wish them a long and happy retirement.

Show Schedules 2017

Our Show Schedules as from 2017 have been amended, current documents are labelled as Revision 4 2016. Please ensure that any previous versions you may have are marked as REPLACED. You can print the latest versions from here or copies will be available from the Secretary at the 2017 Shows.