AGM 8th May

We held our AGM the week after our trip to Calke Abbey so the photo on the left is of the gardener's shed there! All our committee were re-elected after reports given by the chairman, treasurer & secretary. There was also agreement to increasing our membership subscription to £12.50 for the coming year. After this official business was completed, complimentary cheese & wine was served to everybody whilst Phil Colclough & chum Colin were setting up their "sound & vision" presentation for us. This was a popular return visit for them and this time they showed us their stunning photographs of “The Four Seasons” accompanied by beautiful classical music as the rest of the evening drifted happily away. We also held our usual raffle and handed out Acidanthera mureliae bulbs to everybody for the annual members' competition at our show to be held on the 8th September.

Calke Abbey Spring Trip

We had our first coach trip of the year on the 2nd May to Calke Abbey to see the beautifully tended walled gardens springing into life. They also have a rare auricula theatre and we were lucky to catch it before they put all the pots away for the summer. There are some immaculately pruned wisterias underplanted with forget-me-nots & tulips as you can see from the photos, as well as the herbs & vegetables coming through. The grassy banks round the house were full of cowslips and some of us opted for a longer walk up through the bluebell woods which were at their peak. There is so much to see spread over quite a wide area and there is a buggy service from the house to the gardens for anybody wanting to rest their weary legs! We all had a good day despite early morning rain which saw us all head straight into the tea room till it abated for delicious cakes & scones. The house itself was open for those who could tear themselves away from the garden and it is very unusual, being described as an "un-stately" home, preserved as it was when last lived in. There will be more photos on the gallery page shortly.