WEST MALVERN GARDEN AND NATURE CLUB

The West Malvern Garden and Nature Club was founded 27 years ago by three West Malvern ladies. We are still a thriving club with supportive and friendly membership. Meetings are held at the village hall on the third Tuesday of the month, usually at 7.30pm. A variety of speakers are chosen to reflect both the gardening and the nature interests of our club members. Meetings in the hall are held from September until May. During the summer there are organised trips, a Treasure Hunt and an Annual Show. Membership is £5 and £2 a meeting but visitors are always welcome £3 a visit, this includes refreshments after the talk. Membership also includes the chance to win trophies at the Annual Show; the chance to help at the Malvern Spring Show crèche and receive free entry; two ’Over the Fence’ newsletters; an Annual Dinner and a Christmas Party.

2017-2018 New Season 

2017 

September 2     (Saturday)           Annual Show

September 7 (Thursday)               The World’s Biggest Coffee Morning  

September 19                     Roger Smith                        Mountain Flowers of the Worl

October 17                           Reg Moule                            An Evening with Reg

November 21                       Michael Colquhoun        Birds of the Malvern

December 12                       Christmas Party

2018

January 16                             Keith Ferguson                     Growing & Showing Vegetables

February 20                         Duncan Coombs                      The Herbaceous Border

March 20                               AGM   7pm start                   speaker to be announced

April 17                                  Gary Farmer                              India - On the Trail of the Tiger

May 15                                     Philip Seaton                            Orchids - Biodiversity & Conservation

Further information nearer the time will be published about the meetings.

Please come and join us we are always happy to welcome visitors and new members.





WEST MALVERN GARDEN AND NATURE CLUB - 16th May 2017
Gillian Hale's visit, accompanied by 9 owls was the best attended meeting of the season! A large number of children came and sat quietly through Gillian's talk and waited, with keen expectations, for the owls.  For over an hour after her talk people were still taking photographs and stroking the owls.  It is amazing that the owls were so patient.  Gillian trains them from very young to accept various noises by taking them with her in a basket when she goes shopping! She didn't bring the eagle owl, which is the largest of the owls.  Its grip, with each foot is the equivalent of an Alsatian dog's jaw! They are used to hunt wolves in the Black Forest in Germany and are known to kill Roe Deer in Scotland.  Probably a little two fearsome for a Tuesday night in West Malvern although I think the children would have been keen to see it! These owls that Gillian rescues and cares for are unable to fend for themselves in the wild; and some are injured and need to be cared for to recover.  It really was an interesting evening, many people saying that they had never seen a live owl up close.  It really is a good way of educating old as well as young, to have this opportunity to get up close to them.  I am sure that any future visit from Gillian will be as well attended as this.
This meeting was the last until 19th September when the new club year begins.  In the meantime there are club trips and 2nd September is the ANNUAL SHOW open to everyone.  Come and join us for the show, look out for our 2017/2018 programme and join us for another interesting year.

Carole Houghton

WEST MALVERN GARDEN AND NATURE CLUB - SHOW RESULTS

On Saturday the Club held its Annual Show. After last year’s unfortunate cancellation we were pleased to have so much support from members and non-members. There was a wide range of entries across vegetables, fruit, flowers, cookery, art and photography; all well supported. The weather had produced some wonderful flowers, cultivated and shown to perfection by the gardeners. An abundance of fruit and vegetables was evident on the produce stall along with preserves, cakes and art work; all sales helping the club’s funds.

A big thank you to the people, who organised the show, set it up on the Saturday and worked hard behind the scenes to make it an enjoyable day for those who took part or just came to view the exhibits and sample the refreshments. (More details at westmalvernvillagehall.org)

Prizes were presented by Club President David Matthews .

Here are the results

Winners of the Club Trophies

The Anniversary Trophy – Basket of Vegetables – Lynn Clearwaters

The John Deem Cup- Best Overall Vegetable Grower-Chantal Crawford

The John Deem Prize-Best Fruit Entry-Chantal Crawford

The Members Plate-The Best Craft Entry-Kathy Frampton

The Members Shield-The Best Home-Grown Entry-Lynn Clearwaters

The Members Tankard-The Best Photograph-Sue Kershaw

The Members Spoon-The Best Home Cookery Entry-Chantal Crawford

The Children’s Prize-William Edwards (a star baker in the making)

Results

CLASS

1st

2nd

Highly Commended

Best Flower

Chantal Crawford

Kathy Frampton

Colin Jackson

Dahlias

Deidre Drake

Jane Edwards

Phil Drake

Pansies/Violas

Caroline Bellhouse

 

 

Single Rose

Hilary Ward

 

Deidre Drake

Sweet Peas

Claire Roslington

Cara Roslington

 

Vase of Flowers

Chantal Crawford

Caroline Bellhouse

Hilary Ward

Berries

Lynn Clearwaters

Natalie Jones

Kathy Frampton

Stone Fruit

Helen Tudge

Deirdre Drake

 

Tomatoes

Kathy Frampton

Chantal Crawford

Colin Jackson

Any other Fruit

Vic Frampton

Cara Rosslington

David Matthews

Basket of Fruit

Chantal Crawford

Deidre Drake

 

Onions

Vic Frampton

Colin Jackson

Chantal Crawford

Runner Beans

Chantal Crawford

Margaret Rowland

Kathy Frampton

Courgettes

Cara Roslington

Claire Roslington

 

Potatoes

Colin Jackson

Lynn Clearwaters

 

Carrots

Vic Frampton

Lynn Clearwaters

Natalie Jones

Rhubarb

Lynn Clearwaters

Chantal Crawford

Margaret Rowlands

Herb Collection

Chantal Crawford

Cara Roslington

Kathleen Beach

Any Other Veg

Hilary Ward

Chantal Crawford

Vic Frampton

Basket of Veg

Lynn Clearwaters

Chantal Crawford

Cara Roslington

Swiss Roll

Kathy Frampton

Carole Houghton

 

Rosemary’s Challenge

Chantal Crawford

Steve Birch

Carole Houghton

Sultana Scones

Steve Birch

Jane Edwards

N/A

Lemon Curd

Chantal Crawford

Kathy Frampton

N/A

3 Fruit Marmalade

Kathleen Beach

Carole Houghton

Richard Beach

Plum Jam

Kathleen Beach

Carole Houghton

Colin Jackson

Table Decoration

Chantal Crawford

Caroline Bellhouse

 

Foliage Arrangement

Sue Kershaw

Hilary Ward

N/A

Embroidery/Sewing

Carole Houghton

 

 

Knitting/Crochet

Kathy Frampton

 

 

Other Craft

Kathleen Beach

Margaret Price

Sara Bennett

Art

Sara Bennett

 

 

Photo Leaves

Vic Frampton

Sue Kershaw

Hilary Ward

Photo Celebrations

Sue Kershaw

Caroline Bellhouse

Colin Jackson

Photo Black&White

Eric Hollands

Vic Frampton

Kathy Frampton

Photo Waterfalls

Caroline Bellhouse

Chantal Crawford

Vic Frampton