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ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

Due to changes at St Nicholas Church Hall, our Annual General Meeting will be held at Imber Court, Ember Lane,East Molesey, KT8 0BT. The meeting will be on Monday 4th December at 8.00.p.m. There are very good parking facilities at Imber Court. If you use the main entrance please walk through the reception area to the passage way at the far left hand corner. Walk to the end of the passage way and turn left at the far end. Wheel chair access will be via the gate in the car park, which may also be easier for members who park further down the car park. We will not be serving wine this year, but a cash bar is available and you are welcome to bring any drinks that you buy into the meeting at any time. There will be an interval between the end of the formal business and Julia Jones’s slide show. The meeting will close, as usual, with the raffle. The Agenda is enclosed with this newsletter and your attendance is very important this year as we need to elect a new Chairman, and to discuss any news about our possible move of the Trading Depot to Hampton Court Way Allotments

MEMBERSHIP SUBSCRIPTIONS 2018

These are now due. If you are a life or 5 year member the expiry date of your membership is on the address label of the envelope of this newsletter.. If you are not sure please call Tony Speller on 020 8398 1774. If no expiry date is shown on the top right of the address label, your membership is an annual one and renewal is now due. Annual membership fees are not normally due from allotment holders whose allotment societies are affiliated to Esher Molesey Garden Society.

Membership fees remain at £5,00 for the year or £24.00 for 5 year membership –a great bargain if you attend the lectures. Please send your remittance, together with your raffle tickets to one of the addresses shown in the section headed ‘Raffles’. No acknowledgement will be sent at this time, but your new membership cards will be enclosed with the next newsletter in January. Please note many five year memberships expire this year, check the address label immediately to see if your 5 year membership is expiring now.

Help Needed

A. We are actively seeking to increase our membership, and are hoping to canvass the whole area during this Autumn and early 2018. Initially we plan a leaflet drop through all the doors of households in the Molesey and Thames Ditton areas. Would you please help by dropping a leaflet through the doors in your road and/or neighbouring roads? Tony Speller is coordinating this so please email him at membership@emgs.co (NB not .com) or call him on 020 8398 1774 if you are willing to help.

B. Our Chairman, Tom Appleton, has indicated that, due to ill health, he wishes to resign. If you would be willing to take this job on, or know somebody that you think might do so please contact Tom at tomcein@aol.com or telephone him on 020 8398 1013.

C. Jim Walker, who has managed our publicity for many years is also stepping down. If you have any expertise in this area and are willing to help please contact Tom as in B above

RAFFLES

The main prizes at the Raffle held after the Flower Show in August were won by M. Goldsmith, P. Saunders, Ms or Mr Hazell and Mr I Billett. There were 10 other prizes won by members or their friends.

The Christmas Raffle will be drawn at the end of the Annual General Meeting at Imber Court on Monday 4th December. The First Prize will be a Christmas Hamper, filled with Christmas ‘goodies’ including bottles of wine, chocolates biscuits, tins of fruit etc. In fact nearly everything you might wish for on Christmas Day except your main dinner. Other prizes are also Christmas orientated and if any winner should wish to swap a prize we will gladly arrange a more appropriate prize. A book of raffle tickets is enclosed and should be returned together with your membership subscription for 2018, if appropriate, to one of the addresses below, or to the Trading Depot, when open, by 4th December.

Tom Appleton, 9, Oaklands Avenue, Esher, KT10 8 HX.
Ann Beauchamp, 21, Spencer Road, East Molesey, KT8 0SP.
Iris Hawkes, 216, Walton Road, East Molesy, KT8 0HR.
Tony Speller, 15, Riverside Avenue, East Molesey, KT8 0AE.
Jim Walker, 57, Couchmore Avenue, Hinchley Wood, KT10 9AX
Jo Warner, 11, Holly Avenue, Walton on Thames KT12 3AT.

Flower Show 2017

This year’s show was a great success. There were 307 entries – the highest number for many years. The show was opened by the Mayor of Elmbridge, Councillor Rachael Lake. She stayed for the whole show and presented the prizes at the end of the show. In a short address she praised the quality of the exhibits and reminisced about her own days as an allotment holder. Vic Choules won the RHS Banksian Medal, had the most points overall and had most points in the vegetable classes. Hampton Court Way Allotment Association won the Certificate for best rose in the show, the Certificate for the best vegetable in the show and in the intersite competition the awards for both the best flowers and best vegetables. Lynwood Allotment Society won the intersite competition overall. Iris Hawkes got most points in the flower classes, Gerald smith and Jill McDermott tied for most points in the fruit classes and Pat Saunders got most points for baking and preserves. We are very grateful to the many members who volunteered to help on the day but particularly to Julie Alderman and Frankie Bell who ran the tea room for the whole afternoon.

Garden Talks

All lectures are at St Nicholas Church Hall in Thames Ditton, starting at 8.00 pm and are free to EMGS members. Visitors pay an entry fee of £1.00 - a very good reason to join the Society

The lectures have been well attended this year and it is obvious that you are all enjoying Ann’s choice of speakers. Our thanks go to all those who help with putting out the chairs and providing the teas at the interval.

If you have any contacts or ideas for speakers or are able to help out at all please let Ann know either by email on annieb21@btinternet.com or by phone on 020 8979 1415.

Royal Horticultural Society’s Hampton Court Flower Show WINNERS!!!

We are proud of, and grateful to, the team that planned, prepared and created the 3 metre by 3 metre flower box for the above event. The team of members that volunteered were Julia Presland, Ian and Jean Billett, Nick Mills, Pat Freeman, Lynda Rowley, Deb Traynor and Tom Appleton.

The exhibit that they created was designed to reflect the nature of our suburban gardens. They used material grown in our members’ gardens. As is usual in our gardens there was a mixture of perennial and annual plants. There were, deliberately, plants that are bee and insect friendly and plants that flower over a wide range of periods. They included water for birds and habitats for insects. The exhibit was awarded a gold medal and declared to be ‘best in show’ for the class in which it was entered. We congratulate them.

Some members of the team have already decided that they would like to enter an exhibit in next year’s show. Our Committee have agreed to support them if a team can be assembled. If you would like to join the team please contact Tom Appleton at tomcein@aol.com or telephone him on 020 8398 1013

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