Chetnole Garden Club

he Club was formed in 1985 and celebrated its Silver Anniversary in recent times. It enjoys an active programme of talks, visits to gardens of note and social events throughout the year. The talks are given in Chetnole Village Hall on the first Monday of each month, covering a wide variety of subjects, principally gardening but also some allied subjects.   Other social events are held in Leigh village hall. Each year there is an evening garden visit followed by the Club supper and the Club also organises longer visits to gardens further afield. After the Annual General Meeting in October, refreshments and wine or soft drinks are available and a Christmas Party is held annually.   In alternate years members of the Club in Chetnole and Leigh generously open their gardens one day in the summer for charity.

The Club has also been able to arrange discounts on behalf of members of up to 25% from Castle Gardens once or twice a year. We are also corporate members of the Gold Card Club at Castle Gardens which gives us access to other trips and benefits.

The membership is usually around 80 in number, drawn mostly from the parishes of Chetnole and Leigh but is open to all in the area interested in the Club's activities. The Committee, elected annually, are keen to involve as many as possible in these activities, particularly younger members. Current fees are £12 per individual . Visitors to lectures are welcome for a fee of £3 each. Raffles are held at the meetings, which together with membership fees, fund the Club's activities. Everyone is welcome, a wealth of experience in horticultural and wildlife exists within the membership and each meeting begins with a brief open forum session to enable members to exchange expertise and tips. There is also a monthly competition, details of which are published in the programme. In recent years a daffodil bulb growing competition has been held in the spring and a fuchsia growing competition in the summer.

The Club owns a Henchman Platform, long-handled pruners and a gazebo. If a member wishes to borrow please contact the Chairman who can tell you who is currently storing an item.

If you would like to join the Club or have any questions, please contact any of the Committee members.

Chair                                Michele Aldhouse         martind28@fastmail.co.uk

Treasurer                         Aly Kozowyk                  kozowyk@btinternet.com

Secretary                         Kevin Roberts                RobertsCo5@aol.com

Programme Secretary     Joan Carter                    Joancarter19@aol.com

More information on :- www.leighvillage.org.uk/gardenclub