At our April meeting, the Spaldwick Gardening Club had a demonstration by Lucy of how to make inexpensive paper pots from newspaper so that the whole plant and pot can be planted into the soil where the paper will compost into the surrounding soil as the plant roots.
I showed the group how to divide perennials by splitting clumps of established plants and then potting them on in order to increase people’s stock. (We sold every one we split so added much needed funds to the club).
The club ran a raffle and plant and preserve stall at the Easter Fayre and were able to donate £118 to the funds raised on the day, bringing the total raised by the Easter Fayre to about £500.
In May, the Spaldwick Gardening Club will be visiting Lucy Boston’s garden at Hemingford Gray for a tour of the house and garden and we are very much looking forward to this. Our next meeting will be on Wednesday 8th May 2013 at 7.30pm at 18 High Street. New members are always welcome!
Are you getting your entry ready for the Spaldwick Village Easter Fayre competition on Saturday 13th April in Spaldwick Church? Could you be a winner of a fabulous trophy?
Please make an entry in one or more of our classes. You can view or download detailed descriptions (in PDF format) of the different classes and age groups by clicking on the following link:
We are looking forward to entries being delivered between 9 and 10am on the morning.
Please come back and join us in Spaldwick Church for the results over tea and cake between 2 and 4pm.
Lots of local talent will be in evidence on our stalls of art work and crafts, and the Spaldwick Gardening Club also will be there!
There will be the Teddy Parachute and Church tower climbs. Bring your teddy along at 2pm! We will also have an Easter egg quiz hunt for children, so who will find the ‘Golden Egg’?
Here are some diary dates for December 2012:
Friday 7th December 2012. FOSS (Friends of Spaldwick School) invites you to its Festive Fair at Spaldwick School.
Friday 7th December 2012. Spaldwick Escape Youth Night, Spaldwick School, 7-9pm.
Friday 7th December 2012. Christmas Dinner for the Spaldwick Gardening Club, The George.
Sunday 9th December 2012. Eucharist at St James Church, Spaldwick, 9.30am.
Thursday 13th December 2012. Spaldwick Parish Council meeting, 8pm in the Community Room at Spaldwick School.
Sunday 16th December 2012. Christmas Carol Procession, from 4pm (starting at Spaldwick School) until 6pm (finishing at The George). This year we will be playing Christmas music on the way followed by carol singing in The George. Father Christmas will be pleased to hand out presents to children if parents leave them in the Spaldwick Shop by Saturday 17th December. There will be mulled wine and mince pies in The George. The George will have a special two-course supper for £10.
Tuesday 18th December 2012. Spaldwick Church Carol Party, in Spaldwick Church from 7pm, with the Bedford Singers. Mulled wine, mince pies, sandwiches and tasty bites. Tickets £5 (adults) and £3 (children). Tickets available from Rosemary Good, John Blatch, Amba Harbour, Edie Adams, Liz McCue and June Dixon. Telephone 890853 or email email@example.com.
Friday 21st December 2012. Spaldwick Escape Youth Night, Spaldwick School, 7-9pm. Special film night!
Sunday 23rd December 2012. Eucharist at St James Church, Spaldwick, 9.30am.
Monday 24th December 2012 (Christmas Eve). Crib Service in Spaldwick Church, at 5pm. St James Church welcomes all families and friends to join our Christmas service. The organisers would love it if the children of Spaldwick and surrounding villages would join in!
Tuesday 25th December 2012 (Christmas Day). The Spaldwick George is open for drinks only, from 12pm to 2pm.
Wednesday 26th December 2012 (Boxing Day). The Spaldwick George is open for food (12pm to 5pm) and drinks (12pm to 7pm).
Sunday 30th December 2012. Eucharist at St James Church, Spaldwick, 10am.
Monday 31st December 2012 (New Year’s Eve). New Year’s Eve Party at The George, from 7pm to 1am. Three-course meal, glass of bubbly, Blue Brothers tribute act and disco for £40 per person.
The new Spaldwick Gardening Club continues to be very active. Joyce and Grahame Leach hosted two meetings of the club in September. The first was its general meeting where members who had grown zuchetta from seed donated by Tina produced some very good results in such variable summer weather. The plant grows like a vine and creeps through anything that will support it and produces a yellow cucumber-sized courgette type fruit that has proved to be delicious when roasted.
Other subjects discussed were taking hardwood cuttings, splitting and dividing perennials and when is the best time to lift and divide rhubarb.
The second meeting was to finalise arrangements for the Coffee Morning/Plant Sale/Raffle and Produce Sale on Saturday 6th October, from 10am until 1pm at Spaldwick Church. This is to raise funds for the church roof and other improvements. If any non-members have any plants, home-made items or raffle prizes that they could donate, please pass them to Roger Haines at 1 Ivy Way or bring to the church on the day.
Another successful meeting of the new Spaldwick Gardening Club was held on May 10 2012 when we welcomed further new members.
The main activity of the evening was a demonstration of hanging basket construction that would be partially drought resistant, with the main emphasis being to use the largest basket possible and to incorporate water retaining crystals in the compost plus weekly feeding of a liquid fertilizer.
After the demonstration, several members made their own hanging baskets.
The Gardening Club has been asked by Spaldwick Social Group if we could provide a Plant Stall for the Spaldwick Fete on July 14 2012. The club agreed to do this but, due to the short notice, decided that, as well as selling a selection of plants, it would have a raffle of several planted containers and other gardening items.
June’s meeting will be a visit to the gardens of two club members in Stow Longa, meeting at 7.20pm on Wednesday June 13 2012 at 18 High Street, Spaldwick. New members are always welcome!