March News Letter 2021

page1image10355936Ampleforth and District Gardening ClubAffiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society Newsletter Is SPRING nearly here?March 2021 This is Part 2 of the March Newsletter focussing on the Plant Sale, the SPRING COMPETITION and the latest decisions by our GC Committee on the Covid-19 situation.
Well, NO – the answer is that Spring arrives on the 20th March – that’s Official, but the rumour is that we may have a taster today, tomorrow or soon! – Hold on to your sun hats and ‘shades’.Committee Meeting – short Report.
We held a ZOOM Committee Meeting on Tuesday 2nd March to discuss a number of club issues but mainly on the effect of the PM’s Road Map on our programme over the coming months. Despite the encouraging news of the success of the vaccination programme and the efficacy of it in protecting those who have already had the ‘jab’, the Road Map has established specific dates that that will trigger any changes. The first date to make any changes to indoor activities will be no earlier than the 12th April and then only for small groups with strict social distancing and then 17th May for larger groups up to 30 but again with strict social distancing. In view of these restrictions the Committee has decided, with sadness, to cancel both the April 7th and May 5th speaker meetings in the Village Hall. However, we are very hopeful that we will be able to hold the Plant Sale on the 22nd May partly outdoors and indoors and are going ahead with planning 3 garden visits for May to July – they all willbe outdoor events. More information in the April Newsletter.Membership – The paid up membership for 2021 is now 63 and we do thank everyone who have done so for supporting the club following the dire financial situation following the Covid cancellation of the Plant Sale last year, the Club’s 35th year. I do urge members who have not yet paid their £12 subscription for 2021 to do so by the end of March so we can secure the future of the club for another 35 years at least. Details for payment can be found on PART 1 of this March Newsletter sent out last week and attached with this PART 2 distribution. Members who intend to pay are asked to do so either by Bank Transfer or directly to Sue Shepherd by personal delivery or by post. As we have to plan the rest of the year with the actual subscription income we have we ask 2020 members who have not paid to pay their £12 for 2021 by the 31st March as those who have not done so will be taken off the membership list. Many thanks in advance and remember we will reconsider the 2022 subscription and don’t forget the membership card gets you 10% discount in 7 local gardening outlets.The 2021 Plant Sale – Is scheduled for Saturday the 22nd May. I am sure many of you have been dividing perennials already and probably have them in pots ready for the Plant Sale. If you haven’t divided your perennials yet it is not too late and please remember to pot them up in clean pots and keep them watered as the weather warms up. Also, we appreciate potted vegetable seedlings and sturdy tomato plants etc, which always sell well. We will be ordering the usual range of annuals for sale shortly. There will be more Plant Sale Information in the April Newsletter.THE SPRING COMPETITION Since Covid 19 visited the UK just over a year ago we have Clapped for the NHSCheered for the Key Workers and Saluted Sir Captain Tom but what about those great Guys and Girls who have steadfastly delivered our Mail, Parcels, groceries, green groceries and milk etc? It is an appropriate time to say thanks to them all with our SPRING COMPETITION – ‘THANKING All DELIVERY FOLK FOR SERVING US DURING COVID’ Simply design and build a doorstep flower arrangement in any container of your choice featuring Spring flowers and foliage with a touch of your own ingenuity, add the ‘Thanking’ caption above, then take a digital photo of it with a phone or camera and send it digitally with your name to ampleforthanddistrict.gc.news@gmail.com by Sat 15th May and we will print it and display all the entries at the Plant Sale on 22nd May where they will be judged and an A&DGC prize and certificate awarded to the winner. David Badham, Chairperson/Newsletter Editorpage1image8261184 page1image8261376 page1image8261568