© 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
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. We now have 2 booklets of questions with answers.

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 Autumn 2020 (in stunning colour) in now on the website. This and previous Federation Newsletters can now be accessed by going to the Publications page - Newsletters Items for the Spring 2021 edition gratefully received - email sfgcweb@gmail.com
© Somerset Federation of Gardening Clubs
Somerset Federation of Gardening Clubs

Newsletters

The Autumn 2020 (in stunning colour) in now on the website. This and previous Federation Newsletters can now be accessed by going to the Publications page - Newsletters Items for the Spring 2021 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. We now have 2 booklets of questions with answers.

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