Hope everyone is keeping well and has enjoyed the lovely weather that we have had recently. Just to keep everyone updated regarding membership and what the Society plans to do over the next few months. As our membership year was brought to an early end and the shows and trips had to be cancelled, we thought it only fair to roll over 2019/2020 membership into the new horticultural year. Therefore if you are already a member, you membership will be automatically renewed for our new horticultural year which begins on 1st September.
At this stage we do not feel that it is safe to book speakers for our usual winter programme of talks, but plan to provisionally book some from January 2021 in the hope that it may be possible then. We also intend to rebook the coach trips that we had planned in the hope that these can run in 2021. Our Autumn Festival will not be able to go ahead, like the Summer Show, but we do plan to hold some virtual events and will keep you posted. The AGM will be deferred but we will still run the discounted seed order scheme and will circulate the catalogues in the autumn.
We would like to thank everyone who supported our annual plant sale and those who grew sunflowers and planted them out in front gardens and pots. Our gardens have brought us all great pleasure over the last few difficult months and I am confident, will continue to in our new horticultural year.
If you would like more details or to join us as new member, don’t hesitate to contact us.
One of our members, Pat Walker is having a Plant Sale from 9am to 4pm this Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th July at Lowdham Village Hall Car Park. She will be selling a wide range of good quality plants. All proceeds will go to Bloodwise (was Leukaemia Research Fund).
To complement this, LHS will have a stall selling a range of homemade jams and chutneys.
Please pop in and see us at some point over the weekend.
Unfortunately this year’s Summer Show has had to be cancelled, in line with Government guidance and social distancing rules. However, we would still love to create a sunflower trail around Lowdham village this summer, building on the work that Angela Granfield has been doing over the past couple of years. Earlier this spring, we planted a variety of sunflowers called Teddy Bear which we have recently been planting and distributing around the village. We ask that if possible, you plant sunflowers out in your front gardens so that people walking by get to enjoy them too. The ‘Salt and Light Community Group’ have also given out hundreds of sunflower seeds for people to grow, so we know that a lot of people are already doing this.
Please join us in brightening up Lowdham together and helping to make everyone smile.
Sadly, we have had to make the decision to cancel this year’s Summer Show. With current guidance and social distancing rules, we cannot see any way that we could safely and successfully run the show. We will try and run some virtual activities and competitions instead, so please keep looking after those show potatoes!
It is a real shame as we know most people’s gardens have received more attention this year than ever before and if you are anything like us you are growing all sorts of vegetables and fruit too.
Hopefully we can return even bigger and better for our Summer Show in 2021.
In recent weeks, the death has occurred of one of our Life Members, Joan Jervis. Joan was an active member of Lowdham Horticultural Society for many years until she moved away from Lowdham to live in Lincolnshire. Renowned for her baking, she won the cup on several occasions. She also ran Lowdham Brownies and was lollipop lady at the crossing near the Magna Charta for many years. She died peacefully in a nursing home aged 87.