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Sunday, 20 April 2014

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Lamplugh WI

OUR February meeting started with a welcome to our new member, Val Milling. Then of course Brenda had a Valentines poem for us.

Apologies were given out from five of our members. Helen then reported the minutes of the last meeting and Joyce gave the financial report. Maureen announced how well the Love your Library open day had gone on February 3, and thanked all WI members who had helped.

It has been suggested that some of our members volunteer to help with reading to the children.

A letter is to be sent to headquarters in Carlisle to inform them of the success of the event. Reminders were given out of our pie, pea, pudding and poetry evening and also a group meeting to be held on April 26, at Bigrigg. On March 10, Rose and Jennifer are arranging a trip to Glasgow Craft Show for those interested. Suggestions were made for a Jubilee celebration meal to be held at Hundith Hill on July 7 or l4.

Business over, we then welcomed our guest speaker for the evening, Christine Fawcett, horticulturist from Newton Rigg.

Christine gave a most interesting insight into putting on a small garden display at Chelsea Flower Show. It all starts with drawing out your plans and sending this in with your application. If this is accepted you then cannot change anything in your plans and you will be allotted your area.

Christine maintained the whole event takes up a full year of your life. Their theme was a Potters Shed, done to certain period. Getting the bricks to build this and do the paths wasn’t easy. All the plants have to be grown, making sure they are just ready at the right time.

Transport has to be arranged to get everything down there. You are then allowed so many days to do the display and you can only use your small area for all your materials while you are working. They had to work 16 hour days to get this ready and were absolutely exhausted at the end.

The whole event gets very expensive but they were lucky to get some sponsors. What made it all worthwhile was the fact they came away with the Silver Ward. At the end of the show everything has to be taken away and their area left as it was before they started.

Gloria thanked Christine for a most fascinating and informative talk on putting on a display at Chelsea Flower Show.

Our hostesses, Gloria Williamson and Linda Ashworth, then provided tea and cakes.

Christine judged our competition for a Miniature Garden in a margarine tub, which was won by Gloria Williamson, second Sandra Cooper. Val Milling won the raffle.

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