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Woodborough Horticultural Society

At our first meeting of the year, our speaker, Neil Tyers, gave us a fascinating talk about the so-called florists’ flower, the auricula. We learnt about its history and development through the years and were shown some excellent slides too. Perhaps those of you who purchased some of the plants which Neil brought along will be able to show them off on our special plant table in a couple of months’ time.

Our next meeting which is on Monday 11th February sees the welcome return of John and Gail Summerfield whose talk is entitled “In the Green”. The Gulf Stream makes quite an impact on the plant life that thrives in the South of Ireland and we will be hearing about the plants which grow in these favourable conditions.  

May I remind members that our Spring Show is only about two months away. Snow drops are already out and Daffodils are pushing themselves up through the soil which tells us spring isn’t far away. We will have to wait and see if the weather will be kind to us over the next couple of months but, whatever is thrown at us, we always seem to manage a colourful and eye-catching Spring Show. Those of you who purchased the special class narcissi and hyacinth bulbs should, during this month bring them out in to the open. The following few weeks will be crucial as you don’t want them to bloom too early and neither do you want them to have died off before the Show.

At our spring show, we have a photograph class and the subject this year will be “Trees.” Please interpret that in any way you wish. The photo must be 17.8 x 12.7 cm (7” x 5”) and must not be mounted or framed. Don’t forget, this Show is an open show which means anyone can enter, so if you are a keen photographer, why not have a go.

By the way, it’s never too late to send off your Dobie’s seed or plant orders. You will get a discount for your order and the Society also benefits but this is most important, you must use the promo code that was given out with our original letter. If you have any queries, please contact Malcolm.

For more information regarding the Society and any of our planned events, please visit:

Jean Powley

Snowdrops by Jean Powley

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Woodborough Committee

In December we were treated to anecdotes around our favourite Christmas songs sung and narrated by Adam Smith. 

The audience were treated to a hot supper and their generosity helped us raise £1712.71 at this event.

A splendid total only made possible by our ever loyal supporters

Thank you

Big Breakfast 2019

Saturday 9th March
Woodborough Village Hall
9.00am to 12.30pm

Tickets : Adult £7.50, Child £4.00
Family £20.00 (2 adults & 2 children)

Come along and enjoy a hearty breakfast with family and friends
Book your tickets and a time slot with Kathryn (0115 9652463)


Monday 4th February 7.30pm

All welcome – Raffle & Refreshments


Tuesday 19th February

The Institute, Woodborough

8.30am – 11.30am

Calverton and Woodborough Allotment Association

We have a number of ideas including a trip to the Malvern Autumn Show amongst other things.  Details of these will appear in a future reports as and when we have finalised the details.

If you haven’t already placed your seed order with Malcolm it is not too late to do so but you need to do this soon.  You will also be needing various garden sundries such as compost and fertiliser in the coming weeks as you sow seeds and prepare for the new season.  The trading shed is fully stocked at present so get in early while stocks last and avoid disappointment.

The President’s Cup in 2019 will be based on the best use of produce from allotment (eg jam, wine, pickle, spirit based, bakery) and will be judged at AGM together with the heaviest pumpkin competition which will also be judged at the AGM.

Finally can I once again encourage anyone who would like to try their hand at managing an allotment to contact the Parish Clerk as there are still some sites available.

Mike Hope (Secretary) 0115 8458703