Stalbridge Garden Society produce a monthly newsletter. Here is the December 2018 edition...
Tony Moore, our chairman, welcomed all the members to our Christmas meeting, and gave out any notices. He mentioned that we still needed a hall representative for the Garden Society, Dennis Ketcher very kindly stepped forward, thank you Dennis.
We are also looking for a person to act as show manager. This will include logging all of the entries on the computer, completing the entry cards, and prize cards, helping Carolyn and Michelle on the stage at our Annual August Show. If anyone is interested or knows someone who could help with this, it is just for the show and producing posters and the annual membership cards, please contact Tony Moore our Chairman for more info.
This evenings meeting was ‘bring and share’ kindly organised by Anne Brown. Members helped her with arranging the tables putting on cloths, thank you to Anne and Michelle for arranging the festive table decorations.
The food and drink looked fit for a banquet, with a wonderful array of refreshments. Geoff kindly sorted the drink and distributed along with Tony.
Thank you to all who brought food.
The evening was a quiz night organised by Martin Young a welcomed favourite. We all had a glass of some Christmas cheer, and settled down for lots of fun, it was interesting, informative and funny. Thank you to Martin for this, we all enjoyed it very much.
This was then followed by the lovely spread of food, and Marigold's raffle, with nice traditional prizes, thank you.
Not forgetting Anne, Mary, Ann and all the kitchen helpers, doing the washing up and making tea and coffee, as they do every meeting, thank you!
Thank you to all of our members for keeping the Garden Society going, as this year we lost some long term members. We especially hope Brian can enjoy Christmas with his family.
Next month our meeting is on Thursday 10th January, 7.30 p.m. at the Hall. The topic is ‘SPACE & CLIMATE CHANGE’ with speaker Ian Davies
Do come and join us if only as a visitor to see what we do and enjoy!
Enjoy this festive season, and on behalf of the Garden Society I wish you all a Happy New Year.
The Hub at Stalbridge invite you to join them for a Cuppa at Christmas on Christmas Day between 10.00am and 12 noon.
"Come and join us on Christmas Day at The Hub for a cuppa and a chat! Everyone is welcome, whether on your own or as a family or maybe you just need 5 minutes away from the chaos of Christmas! There may even be mince pies!"
The Blackmore Vale Lions have been friends of Santa Claus for years, so who better to ask if your children want to meet him at Christmas in Stalbridge? Yes, The great man himself will be driving through the Streets of Stalbridge in the next few days! On Saturday 22nd December Santa will be in the East side of Stalbridge from 4.30pm onwards and on Sunday 23rd December he will be visiting the West side of Stalbridge. Now, if you're not sure which side is East and which is West then have a look at our handy map below. And don't forget to get your change jar out! Santa needs donations to buy the carrots for his reindeer and to give money to very worthy causes that Santa and his friends from the Blackmore Vale Lions love to support. Merry Christmas!
Thursday 20th December Grays of Stalbridge "Pop in for coffee"
Our usual get together with donations going to Retinitis Pigmentosa. our latest contribution £117.50 thank you to every one.
We are looking forward to Carole bringing along something delicious to share, for this months cake club. Please wear something festive, a jumper, earrings or your Christmas socks.
At The Stalbridge Arms we have carefully put together our range of available wines after our exhausting wine tasting evening! So whether you're popping in to sit by the bar with a bottle of New Zealand Sauvignon and a plate of Feta, Olives & Dipping Breads or you want a lovely wine to go with your meal you'll find something extremely tasty on our wine list!
To see our Rose wines, Sparkling and Champagne visit the website by clicking on the button below...
The Stalbridge Arms presents its new childrens menu. "It's called Stalbridge Pups because we have two lovely resident pooches at The Stalbridge Arms, Dobbie and Loki"
The price for our New Childrens "Stalbridge Pups" Menu is
£4.50 for a main or £5.50 for a main and ice cream.
Something For Our Smaller Guests!!
First...Pick the main bit!!
Macaroni and Cheese
Now pick what you want it with!
And Now Some Veggies....
Corn on the cob
Crunchy Carrot and Cucumber Sticks
Now for the best bit - PUDDING!!!
Rich Chocolate Ice Cream
Creamy Vanilla Ice cream
Sweet Strawberry Ice cream
The Stalbridge Arms FreeHouse Pub, Restaurant and Rooms | Ring Street, Stalbridge, Dorset DT10 2NF
Tony Moore, our chairman, welcomed the members to our meeting, gave out the notices, there was a good turnout of members this evening which was nice to see.
Anne reminded members to bring food for our next meeting, when we have “bring and share” and also a quiz, we will look forward to that.
This evening speaker was Malcolm from Castle Gardens, his talk was entitled “Looking at Hedges and barriers”. He told us that if you plant a hedge and it is 6ft tall it will give your garden 50% shelter, likewise if you plant a hedge that is 8ft tall it will give you 80% protection, so a hedge is a really useful thing to plant. It gives lots of benefits, as well as shelter, it is good for lots of wildlife, colour sometimes all year round, and not forgetting screening!
An evergreen hedge will keep animals out and also pets in, it is a good filter for noise, especially if you are on a main road of near a motorway.
Planting a formal hedge:
Plants to use are privet, laurel, yew, box, mainly evergreen, but also plants like prunus and berberis can make good deciduous hedges.
Plants that vary in height to keep it softer, field hedge plants like, maple, hawthorn, elder and guelder rose all make a nice wildlife friendly hedge.
It is possible to plant something different like an edible hedge, with fruit bushes and trees, in filling with plants like raspberries and Logan berries.
Malcolm then gave us step by step on how to plant a hedge.
1. Remove the annual weeds.
2. Add compost, bought, homemade of organic matter.
3. Then put down landscape fabric, or weed suppressant membrane.
4. Add root grow.
5. Add a seep hose for watering of water the area well.
6. Feed the plants with vitax q4, or bold fish and bone meal in April and July.
This is the secret for your new hedge growing successfully. We hope!
This was a very interesting talk once again by Malcolm, who always entertains us well.
Next month is the quiz night and nibbles, so do and join us on Thursday 13th December 7.30pm in the hall.
Enjoy the last of the autumn colour whilst you can, it is still quite mild, so lots of the garden plants are still flowering including roses.
Lots of the National Trusts houses and garden are open again in December for Christmas, with rooms decorated with festive Christmas trees, and the gardens lit up with beautiful coloured lighting. So Stourhead, Monticute, Motisfont, Max Gate and many more are well worth a visit to put you in a festive mood. Quite often you also get a free small drink and festive food to sample.