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 100 years of continuous service to the local community.
CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS 1917-2017
Your society will be 100 years old this year and to mark the occasion we have several events
lined up. Firstly we are delving into our files and collective memories to provide an account,
hopefully with photographs of our progress during this last century. This will form part of our
lecture programme in the autumn, so look out for details in our newsletter.
Secondly to mark this achievement members of the Society are exhibiting at the Hampton
Court Flower Show (Tuesday 4 July –Sunday 9 July).
We are pleased to report that we have won a RHS GOLD MEDAL for our Centenary Flower Box and
the award for BEST in Show in the Flower and Vegetable Box Category.
This is tremendous result and very well deserved by the whole team and they should be
congratulated for all their efforts.
Please come and enjoy our exhibit, full of joyous colour, which is at site 130b at the Show.
Our Flower Box on site 130b was awarded a 'gold' and chosen to be best in the show amongst
the flower and vegetable entries. We are proud of, and grateful to. the team that created
and built this exhibit, particularly to Julia Presland whose idea the entry was and who did
most of the initial preparatory work, to Ian and Jean Billett, Nick Mills and Pat Freeman who
together grew most of the flowers and did most of the hard building work. We are also grateful
to the other volunteers Linda Rowley, Deb Traynor, Anthony Presland and Tom Appleton for
their valuable contributions
And finally we have our annual Show on the 19 August which will be formally opened by the
Mayor Councillor Rachael Lake at 2.00 pm and hopefully as many members as possible will join us.
Also as a special challenge the cookery section will include a WW2 recipe for a familiar but also
rather different chocolate cake.
The present membership approaches 700, made up of 400 full members and about 300 affiliate
members from several Allotment Associations in the area.
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
Full membership of the EMGS includes all members of the same household for a yearly subscription of £5.00. Other terms e.g. 5 years and life are available.
You will know if you are a full member because you will
have received a membership card from the Esher Molesey Garden Society with the Society’s logo.
The envelope your card comes in will have the date when your membership expires in red on
the address label.
Only Full members can enter the draw for Hampton Court Show tickets and have free entry to
Members of allotment societies which are affiliated to the EMGS are NOT full members of the EMGS and as such may not enter novice classes in the Show and are not entitled to two free entries in the Show.
If in any doubt, please ring Tony Speller (020 8398 1774) to check your membership status
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
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 on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8pm.
The Society always has a very successful stand at Molesey Carnival selling plants and
Other trips/activities are planned each year on an ad hoc basis.
Elected Officers for 2017 are:
President: J.H. Walker
Chairman Tom Appleton
Hon. Treasurer: Anthony Speller
Hon. Secretary: Mrs J. Presland
Membership Secretary: Tony Speller
Trading Secretary: Drostan Stileman
Committee: Jonanna Warner, Kenneth Warner
Mrs A Beauchamp, Julie Hennig, Jim Walker
Hon. Auditors Andrew Craig
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
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
For Membership Enquiries contact firstname.lastname@example.org. 15 Riverside Avenue,East
Molesey, KT8 0AE. Tel 020 8398 1774
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 Tom Applton (email@example.com)
Secretary Julia Presland (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Treasurer Tony Speller (email@example.com)
Trading Secretary D Stileman (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Membership Secretary Tony Speller (email@example.com)
Lectures Anne Beauchamp (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Publicity Peter Feltham (email@example.com)
or Jim Walker (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.