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Woodborough Horticultural Society

Photo by S Grimshaw

Members had a most enjoyable time at our final event of 2018, which was the Christmas Social.  We only had one quiz this year which was to guess the uses of some agricultural equipment. We were also entertained by Sullivan’s Sword, a longsword dance team. The dance team were very well received and some brave members even had a go themselves. As usual, we had an excellent buffet with mulled wine.  

On 14th January we kick-start the year with a talk by Neil Tyers entitled “ Auriculas – a florist’s flower. “ Auriculas have been grown in this country for a few hundred years and have quite a history to them. They were first grown as garden flowers, and then in the 18th century they also became a florists’ flower. Neil will be telling us all about the development of the Auricula. Members have free admittance and guests pay £2 only. Refreshments after our talk are free and there is also a raffle.

Membership: There is still time to renew your membership if you have not already done so. If you are interested in joining the Society, do come along to our talks which are held from January to March, May, October and November.  You will be assured of a warm welcome. Membership costs £6 for the year.  

A couple of reminders for the Spring Show in April:  If you purchased our special class narcissi and hyacinths for the Show, these should now have been planted. Also, the subject under the photography class in the Spring Show is entitled “Trees,” so, time to get clicking. Photos must be 17.8 x 12.7 cm (7” x 5”) neither framed nor mounted.

Dobie’s Discount Scheme: The winter months are a perfect time to think about planning for the coming year. The Society runs a discount scheme with Dobies and if you want to order any seeds, plug plants or anything connected with gardening, you can order online, by post or telephone. One thing you must do is to ensure the Promo code is entered on your order form, otherwise yourself or the Society will not reap the rewards of the scheme. If you would like further information about the seed scheme, please contact Malcolm.

The committee would like to wish all our members a very Happy New Year and we hope you enjoy the meetings and shows planned for 2019. 

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

Heather Kirk

Alpine Auricula Vulcan – Photo by Jean Powley

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Woodborough Committee

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 7th January 7.30pm

All welcome – Raffle & Refreshments


Tuesday 8th January

The Institute, Woodborough

8.30am – 11.30am

Calverton and Woodborough Allotment Association

Following the collection of allotment rents and membership subscriptions we now have over 70 members, which is very good, but there are still quite a lot of people who have not yet renewed their membership.  If you would like to renew you can do this through your site representative or at the trading shed on Sunday mornings.

We have been planning a full year of activities.  We would also like to give early warning that 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 heaviest pumpkin which will also be judged at the AGM.


Finally, can I once again encourage non-allotment holders to consider giving the idea of having an allotment some thought.  At present, there are full and half allotments available so if you would like to give working an allotment a go please contact the Parish Clerk by ringing 0115 9654560.

Mike Hope (Secretary) 0115 8458703