Ainsdale
Horticultural
Society

Newsletter: May 2012

Well here we are glorious May...

The sun is shining, not a cloud in the sky and we are all anticipating a profusion of flowers and an abundance of vegetables in the garden or allotment - Sorry wrong country no one told the rain clouds to do a bypass!

It's not the first time I have said this Show creeps upon us but again July is only over the horizon and what a super start to July we have in store.

We have Christine Walkden the well known Plantswoman from the radio and the One Show on the TV coming to talk to us in the marquee on Thursday 5th July at 7.30pm. Between Christine and myself we decided upon winter foliage, ?owers and berries; something to brighten our gardens in the dull months when nothing much is growing or showing any colour. Christine has a huge repertoire of talks but together WINTER COLOUR seemed appropriate.

This evening is open to everyone in Ainsdale and beyond the tickets are £5.00 or £18 for four and £7.00 for non members with a glass of wine or a soft drink included in the price. The tickets will be on sale at the end of the month in the Chocolate Box, Jewellers Bench, Bloornin Crafty, Martins Newsagents and Many Happy Returns but they can be obtained from me at 3 Mickleton Drive or phone 576345. PLEASE encourage all your friends and neighbours to come along and if you belong to any other organisation or club, bulk purchasing of tickets is OK. We have a marquee to fill.

The Pet Show on Friday 6th has the addition of a fourth class for 'any other animal no larger than a hen or duck.'

SHOW DAY 7th July, the day we truly celebrate our 100" Birthday. The Exec. Committee have put together a show we will especially remember and our thanks are due to Janet Greenwood who has organised the arena events and the Showground Committee who have juggled the Village Green to accommodate all the exciting acts. Ofcourse I must not forget David Marshall the Show Secretary. This is David's last year as Show Secretary and the Horticultural Society are indebted to him for his enthusiasm and professional approach to the stagng of the Show; not to mention the hard work!

Following the Show we have AINSDALES BIG NIGHT OUT in the form of a Blues Band organised by Rob Darby. Tickets are £6.00 and will be on sale in the designated shops or contact me direct. We are really looking forward to a wonderful ?nale to a great Show.

Then we come to Sunday, Marquee, Car Boot Sale and Auction. This is the third year we have had this event and it has been increasing both in stalls and numbers of car booters. The addition last year of the Auction at 11.00am was very enjoyable and most amusing with Alan as the Auctioneer on top form.

The foregoing is a taster of what we have in store for you on Show Day and on Sunday evenlng when all the excitement is over and you are sitting in your garden with the sun shining, the bees buzzing and the glass of wine at your elbow you can admire the flowers and greenery around you and be glad we are able to enjoy our English gardens.

Forthcoming Events

Saturday 16th June CREAM TEA
At 3 Mickleton Drive Ainsdale from 2.00 - 4.00pm.
Tickets available at May talk or phone 576345.

Saturday 13th October CHEESE AND WINE EVENING
At Nadine and Bryan's 30 Lancaster Road.
Tickets £5.00.

Members Subscriptions

I am pleased to report that by the end of April 2012 almost all members have paid their 2011/2012 subscriptions for the year to 30 September 2012; settlement by end April 2012 has given each member their Show entitlement to tickets and badges.

If you have yet to pay your subscription forthe current year settlement would be gratefully received by me at 8 Barford Close Ainsdale (or any committee member) at your earliest convenience.

Website

www.ainsdalehorticulturalsociety.org.uk

We are pleased to report that the website has been updated; we hope that those members who are able to access the site find it easy to navigate and that the content meets with your approval.

We are open to comment and suggestions, as well as articles for the website, and would welcome your input both regular or occasional.

This site is very much a work in progress and needs more contributions under a 'local news' or some such similar title; it's your website so let is speak to our readers both current and past members and all other visitors to the site.

For those members who have Internet access, and have notified the Treasurer of that fact, future newsletters will be posted on the website; if any other members want to notify the Treasurer of their internet access it would assist to know that future newsletters did not require delivery.

You will find a spread of news particularly on the 'Home','The Society' and the 'Centenary Events & News' pages; they deal in detail with the Centenary year and our 100 year's events and most especially the four days of celebration in early July with the 100th Birthday Show on Saturday 7 July taking centre stage.

SO HAPPY GARDENING/ NOW YOU ARE IN POSSESSION OF THE SCHEDULE YOU CAN TICK OFF YOUR ENTRIES FOR SHOW DAY - GOOD LUCK!

Tricia Pearce: Tel: 01704 576345