We are pleased to say that the Club has put together a bi-monthly programme of very interesting events for 2019. Our first meeting of the year was held on 20th Feb, which included our AGM and a lively gardening quiz with a £10 garden voucher prize.
We are now moving on to our programme of visits from April to October.
The first was on Saturday 13th April to the historic WREST PARK where the Club enjoyed a private guided garden tour.
A very interesting tour of the 90 acres of gardens and woodlands of this historic house. Together with the wonderful formal Italian and French influenced gardens we were introduced to some of the amazing statues and gardens which seemed to be hidden round every corner, including a monument erected to Capability Brown acknowledging his influence on some of the design. We also had insights into generations of the family’s additions to the garden and some light hearted facts about their history which the whole thing alive for us.
After a break for a catch up and lunch in the cafe, we were able to walk around the beautiful French style mansion to round off a very enjoyable day.
A brief summary of our plans for 2019 is given below. Much more detail will be circulated to members nearer the time for each event. There will also be articles in the Magazine and posters around the village. We would be delighted if you would join us – members and non-members welcome.
Garden Tour Wednesday 19th June Luton Hoo, nr Harpenden – Walled Garden Tour 11.00
Meet at Guinea Pub at 09.40 for car share. Refreshments available at Back Yard café. Seasonal fruit and vegetables, apple juice from estate. Trees and honey and comb can be purchased from estate shop.
Saturday 17th August Hemingford Grey Manor, Huntingdon – House Tour 14.30
As there are no refreshments on site, there will be an opportunity to have a stroll around the Manor grounds or visit the village before our tour. Meet at the Guinea Pub for car share at 11.00.
Saturday 26th October Townsend Farmhouse, Steppingley – open from 18.00 to 20.30
Our hosts will be staging a Diwali themed evening in the grounds lit with lanterns. Meet at Guinea Pub at 17.45 for car share.
Saturday 11th January 2020 A New Year’s evening meal at the Guinea Pub.
Join your fellow Club Members for this social event and a chance to make plans for some more adventures in 2020
Also there have been some changes in the Committee. We have a far less structured arrangement now, as being a small village people tend to have more than one hat! We don’t have a Secretary as such but this duty is shared by some of our members.
Sue Fincham – Chair
Peggy Gameson – Treasurer
Admin duties shared by Anne Hysted; Sally Saville; Jane Beharrell; Ron Whitlock