Thames Ditton Residents Association
In 1917 the Esher District Allotments and Home Produce Association was founded and continues to this day as the Esher Molesey Garden Society (E M G S) having provided its members with nearly 90 years of continuous service to the local community.
The present membership approaches 700, made up of 400 full members and about 300 affiliate members from several Allotment Associations in the area.
Membership subscriptions are:-
The renewal subscription is £5.00 per household and is due anytime from now for 2013. 5 year membership is also available and costs £24.00 for expiry end December 2016, this represents a discount on the annual rate and insures against any further increases during this period. Life membership is also available.
The Society relies on volunteers to run its various activities and events.
The Society is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society, The National Dahlia Society, the Royal National Rose Society, the National Vegetable Society and the Surrey Horticultural Federation.
Each year eight lectures, one per month February to June and September to November inclusive, are available free to full members. These are very popular and often there is a selection of Trading Depot stock available to buy. Meetings are normally on the first Monday of the month at 8 p.m. in St Nicholas Church Hall, Thames Ditton.
Four times a year a newsletter is distributed to all members, mostly by volunteers. These give details of the Society’s activities over the coming months and as appropriate include an annual depot price list or the Show schedule.
Members for whom the Society has an e-mail address are up dated on news between newsletters.
THE FLOWER SHOW
A major event in the Society’s calendar, The Annual Flower Show is now held during August in St Nicholas Church Hall in Thames Ditton. The schedule includes classes for flowers, vegetables, fruit, home-baking and photography with special classes for children. There are stalls selling produce and a wide choice of plants, with tea and cakes also available to complete the afternoon’s enjoyment.
THE TRADING DEPOT
By long tradition the Trading Depot, run by members for members, provides a wide range (some 800 items available) of gardening supplies, often at 25% or more below normal retail prices. Products available include fertilisers, garden chemicals, tools, seeds, onion sets and seed potatoes and if not in stock items can usually be obtained to order.
Located on the Beauchamp Road Allotment site the entrance is between houses 104 and 106 Beauchamp Road, West Molesey. The Depot comprises two buildings forming a self service shop with a store for more bulky materials such as composts and fertilisers. The Depot is open every Sunday morning from 9 to 11 a.m. and during spring and summer Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 p.m.
The Society always has a very successful stand at Molesey Carnival selling plants and garden sundries.
Other trips/activities are planned each year on an ad hoc basis.
Elected Officers for 2013 are:
President: J.H. Walker
Vice-President: Mrs D. Kennard S. Lodge and Mrs S. Lodge
Hon. Treasurer: A.C. Speller
Hon. Secretary: Mrs J. Presland
Membership Secretary: Mrs J. Alderman
Trading Secretary: T. Appleton
Committee: K. Warner, Mrs J Warner Mrs A Beauchamp, J.H. Walker
Hon. Auditors S. Lodge
Show Chairman Mrs J. Kirkman
Show Secretary Mrs J. Presland
Email addresses : updates have been sent to most of those who have given us e mail addresses. But a few were rejected by the system as undeliverable. If you haven't received an email please contact Jim Walker (firstname.lastname@example.org).
At present some 80 members are on this list and it enables information such as the special priced compost etc. to be made available without having to wait for Garden Topics
We now have a new email system for EMGS, This enables you to write to any member of the Committee. These addresses will not change when committee members change and will be directed to whoever is on the committee at that time
Chairman Brian Andrews (email@example.com)
Secretary Julia Presland (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer Tony Speller (email@example.com)
Trading Secretary Tom Applaton (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Membership Secretary Julie Alderman (email@example.com)
Lectures Anne Beauchamp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Web site Graham Ashton (email@example.com)
Use the links in the left hand column to access further pages. Garden events describes what is going on at the current time. The annual Flower Show, our major event, merits its own special section. Bargains available at the Depot are described on the Trading page. While the History page will tell you of the origins and the story of the Society upto the present day.