© Somerset Federation of Gardening Clubs 2018
Somerset Federation of Gardening Clubs
Sampford Arundel Gardening Club v the Virus What   have   other   Somerset   Federation   clubs   been   doing during   the   lockdown   to   keep   their   members   informed   and engaged with the club? We   try   to   be   a   friendly   and   relaxed   club   and   the   chat   over tea   and   biscuits   often   lasts   longer   than   the   formal   part   of the   meeting.   Members   are   drawn   from   Sampford   Arundel and   the   surrounding   villages,   even   the   nearby   town   of Wellington,   and   meetings   are   an   opportunity   to   keep   in touch.   Being   denied   our   monthly   get-together   was   one   of the   many   disappointments   of   lockdown   and   we   wanted   to do    something    to    keep    the    spirit    of    the    club    going    hibernation is for hedgehogs! At   the   same   time,   neighbours   who   had   previously   thought that   the   garden   was   just   somewhere   to   park   the   car   began to   be   worried   about   possible   food   shortages   and   to   think seriously   about   growing   their   own.   No-one   actually   asked how to grow cannelloni but some got close. The   village   already   had   an   established   monthly,   printed, magazine   in   which   we   reported   club   meetings   but   as   this was    delivered    door    to    door    to    all    properties    it    ceased production.   Luckily,   one   of   the   editors   resurrected   it   as   a weekly   email   publication   and   we   quickly   jumped   on   board to   offer   to   answer   questions   about   any   gardening   matter   a    sort    of    poor    man’s    Gardeners’    Question    Time.    The questions   have   ranged   from   greenfly   on   roses   to   blight   on potatoes   and   from   keeping   badgers   out   of   the   garden   to keeping   chickens   in.   Weeks   when   no   question   is   received, we write on a topic that is seasonal or seems interesting. The   emails   go   to   everyone   in   the   villages   and   we   forward to   members   elsewhere   but,   of   course,   we   are   missing   out all   those   without   email.   We   hope   we   have   helped   some novice   gardeners   as   well   as   kept   the   club   alive   in   members’ minds    and,    who    knows,    we    may    gather    some    new members   when   we   restart   meetings.   If   nothing   else,   it   has given   us   something   to   do   when   it   has   been   too   hot   or   too wet to garden. Well,   that’s   what   we   have   been   up   to,   and   below   is   what an   edition   looks   like.      But   have   other   clubs   been   doing things differently and had any good ideas we can copy? Ian Stock - Chair of Sampford Arundel Gardening Club
2020 SFGC Calendar of Events The 2020 Calendar of Events can now be dowloaded from the Publications Page or by clicking HERE
Quiz Questions If you are holding a Quiz Night for your Club but are stuck for questions and answers then we may be able to help. Just send in a request and we can send you a booklet of Gardening related questions and answers to help you. Available to all member Clubs.

Speakers & Judges

As you all know, we provide a list of Speakers & Judges to help you all in making your meetings and shows a success. To help us keep this up to date we would appreciate nomination of speakers and judges that could be useful for other clubs. Please ensure the speaker and/or judge is aware of their nomination.

Newsletters

The Spring 2020 (in stunning colour) & previous Federation Newsletters can now be accessed by going to the Publications page - Newsletters Items for the Autumn edition gratefully received - email sfgcweb@gmail.com
© Somerset Federation of Gardening Clubs
Somerset Federation of Gardening Clubs
2020 SFGC Calendar of Events The 2020 Calendar of Events can now be dowloaded from the Publications Page or by clicking HERE

Newsletters

The Spring 2020 (in stunning colour) & previous Federation Newsletters can now be accessed by going to the Publications page - Newsletters Items for the Autumn edition gratefully received - email sfgcweb@gmail.com
Quiz Questions If   you   are   holding   a   Quiz Night   for   your   Club   but are    stuck    for    questions and     answers     then     we may   be   able   to   help.   Just send   in   a   request   and   we can   send   you   a   booklet of      Gardening      related questions   and   answers   to help   you.   Available   to   all member Clubs.

Speakers & Judges

As you all know, we provide a list of Speakers & Judges to help you all in making your meetings and shows a success. To help us keep this up to date we would appreciate nomination of speakers and judges that could be useful for other clubs. Please ensure the speaker and/or judge is aware of their nomination.
Sampford Arundel Gardening Club v the Virus What   have   other   Somerset   Federation   clubs   been   doing   during   the   lockdown to keep their members informed and engaged with the club? We   try   to   be   a   friendly   and   relaxed   club   and   the   chat   over   tea   and   biscuits often   lasts   longer   than   the   formal   part   of   the   meeting.   Members   are   drawn from   Sampford   Arundel   and   the   surrounding   villages,   even   the   nearby   town   of Wellington,   and   meetings   are   an   opportunity   to   keep   in   touch.   Being   denied our   monthly   get-together   was   one   of   the   many   disappointments   of   lockdown and   we   wanted   to   do   something   to   keep   the   spirit   of   the   club   going   hibernation is for hedgehogs! At   the   same   time,   neighbours   who   had   previously   thought   that   the   garden was   just   somewhere   to   park   the   car   began   to   be   worried   about   possible   food shortages   and   to   think   seriously   about   growing   their   own.   No-one   actually asked how to grow cannelloni but some got close. The   village   already   had   an   established   monthly,   printed,   magazine   in   which   we reported   club   meetings   but   as   this   was   delivered   door   to   door   to   all   properties it   ceased   production.   Luckily,   one   of   the   editors   resurrected   it   as   a   weekly email    publication    and    we    quickly    jumped    on    board    to    offer    to    answer questions   about   any   gardening   matter   –   a   sort   of   poor   man’s   Gardeners’ Question   Time.   The   questions   have   ranged   from   greenfly   on   roses   to   blight   on potatoes   and   from   keeping   badgers   out   of   the   garden   to   keeping   chickens   in. Weeks   when   no   question   is   received,   we   write   on   a   topic   that   is   seasonal   or seems interesting. The    emails    go    to    everyone    in    the    villages    and    we    forward    to    members elsewhere   but,   of   course,   we   are   missing   out   all   those   without   email.   We   hope we   have   helped   some   novice   gardeners   as   well   as   kept   the   club   alive   in members’   minds   and,   who   knows,   we   may   gather   some   new   members   when we   restart   meetings.   If   nothing   else,   it   has   given   us   something   to   do   when   it has been too hot or too wet to garden. Well,   that’s   what   we   have   been   up   to,   and   below   is   what   an   edition   looks   like.     But   have   other   clubs   been   doing   things   differently   and   had   any   good   ideas   we can copy? Ian Stock - Chair of Sampford Arundel Gardening Club