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Residents Association MagazinearrowWinter 2001/10


Affiliated to The Royal Horticultural Society. The Daffodil Society Dorset Federation of Horticultural Societies.

Where were you in 1905? 1 did not see any of you at our first flower show in 1906! Wow, can it be almost 100 years since the Broadstone Horticultural Society was born? We have two show cards in our first scrap book to verify the date. The Hon. Sec. in those days was Mr W. Evans. It is still going strong and GROWING. Sorry about that, I couldn't resist it. Anyway, we have several scrap books, which make interesting reading, but we are still collecting fresh snippets wherever possible, and so if you can help in this respect we would love to hear from you.

At present the Society boasts some 200 members of all ages. The youngest exhibitor is 4 years old and the oldest is a good, strong and mature specimen. How dare I put a figure in! The annual membership fee is £3 per person and falls due in September of each year.

Meetings are held in the War Memorial Hall on the second Tuesday of each month from September to May inclusive. They start at 7.30pm and we try to provide interesting speakers, usually with visual aids.

Refreshments are available and "table top" competitions are held. These competitions allow members to gain experience in exhibiting or to show off their handywork.

Of course we hope that with the experience gained, members will support the Society by SHOWING at our Spring Flower Show in April and or at our Summer Flower and Vegetable Show in August. The latter is held in a traditional marquee at the rear of The United Reformed Church in Higher Blandford Road.

I can assure you that this is a sight to behold, it really is a picture.

Our next Spring Flower Show will be on Saturday 6th April and the next Summer Show will be held on Saturday 17th August.

The current membership can best be described as one with varied interests which fall into three classifications:

  1. Members who enjoy our monthly evening get-together with a "speaker".
  2. Members who grow and show.
  3. Members who support our Summer coach trips-usually to famous gardens or-specialist growers.

We have plenty of room for new members, and you can be assured of a warm, friendly welcome. Please see below for details of contact numbers.

We traditionally keep the summer months of May-August free from meetings, so that members can tend their gardens, enjoy our popular summer coach trips, and prepare their produce for the Slimmer Show in August.

We have recently reintroduced the "Xmas Party" meeting, which we hope will be an ongoing fixture with something for everyone to enjoy in December.

In 1949 we were honoured when the Chief B.B.C. Announcer, Mr Stuart Hibberd, opened the Summer Show. More recently two Mayors of Poole have been guests of honour and kindly made themselves available to support us and to present the trophies. They were Cllr. Joyce Jones and Cllr. Ron Parker.

Anyone reading this would be welcome to join us. Everyone has a garden, even if it's only a window-box. In the current jargon I say "Watch this space". It's my dream to celebrate the centenary of this society in 2005. I'm already looking for ideas, sponsors and support. Can you help?

Current Chairman: Cllr. Les Burden, 47 Sopers Lane, Poole 693920 Current Sec. Denise Hill 23 Corfe Lodge Road, Broadstone 695873

Hope to see you at a meeting soon. Les Burden

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