Hanney Gardening Club's next talk will be by Robert Longstaff on 1st March on the subject of The Garden in Spring. This follows talks by Nancy Stevens on 4th January on 'Japanese gardens' and Timothy Walker on 1st February on 'How to be a 21st century gardener'. The meetings work well with social chit-chat for 5 minutes at the start, then everyone is muted during the talk and then unmuted to ask questions at the end. Members will receive an invite in the normal way. If you would like to join the Gardening Club and join in the zoom talks, or if you require assistance with zoom contact Adrian on 077732017299. We also hope to arrange a talk for 12th April, our last of the year. Recordings of the zoom talks are available to members. Further events are planned dependent upon the regulations in place at the time. The annual Plant Sale will be held on 8th May and is open to everyone. This is the most important fundraising event in the gardening club calendar, it was cancelled in 2020. We plan to go ahead this year although it may well be in a revised format. More details later but in the meantime we ask members to prepare plants, seedlings, cuttings etc for sale
Dependant on regulations at the time we plan to carry on with our two summer visits (Andy McIndoe's garden on 2 June and RHS Wisley on 3 July) and the Travelling Garden Party (TGP) on 9 July. New members are always welcome. More information on the website and on facebook"
In 1975 the Rev Douglas Pearce and the PCC called a public meeting in the village hall in response to a suggestion that the village could do with a Gardening Club. Approximately 30 villagers turned up and after an introduction by Dougie Pearce there was a general debate and Harry Tollett, a well-known gardener of the village, proposed that Harold George and Jim Lidbury should form a committee to start the Club. Harold and Jim tossed a coin and Harry became President and Jim the founding Chairman. The PCC underwrote the club with the proviso that there was a member of the PCC on the committee of the new Garden Club. So Harold George and Jim Lidbury formed a committee and the club was formed.
After the first year the PCC could not put forward a member to sit on the Garden Club committee and again the next year the PCC could not name a member to join the Committee. Jim Lidbury wrote to the PCC and informed them that in order for the Club to operate within the Club rules it would be proposed at the next AGM that the Constitution be altered to remove the need for a PCC member to sit on the committee. This motion was raised and approved and the connection with PCC terminated. The Club continued and flourished to be the Club it is today independently of the Church. After five years Jim retired and Bob Spong from West Hanney took on the Chairmanship.
Meetings probably started at the end of 1975 and were held in the barn at Lydbrook Farm. Later they moved to the Bowling Alley at the Crown Public House in EH (now a private residence). A tree was planted at the corner of Ashfield Close in memory of Harold George by the club when he died.
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