2017 Annual General Meeting

Our AGM was held at Nayland Church Hall on April 18th.

More details, including the Chairman's report are coming soon.

Committee Meetings

The Committee meet regularly to discuss the everyday running of the Society. If members have any suggestions or items they wish to bring to the attention of the Committee please contact the Secretary.

The committee have been reviewing the classes and schedule for next year following comments from members and exhibitors however, we do not expect many significant changes. The schedule for next year is available here.

Annual General Meeting

Our next Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday 18th April 2017 at 7.30pm in the Church Hall, Bear Street, Nayland. It will be followed by an light-hearted Fun Quiz with horticulture in mind.

Minutes of the Annual General Meeting 2016 held on 19th April (which will not be adopted until the AGM in April 2017)


Colin Ramsell, Trevor Smy, Lorraine Brooks, Margaret Smy, Anne Spencer, Jane & Neil Barbrook, Winnie Marshall, Shirley Whitnell, Ron Whitnell, Richard Cave, Andrew Gowen, Penny Allen, Penelope Utley, Sheila Sessions, Val Seymour, Jean Evans, Jackie Grant, Barbara Osborne, John Jervios, Sylvia Bond, Wendy Sparrow, Margaret Dowding, Pauline Horrell, Daphne Berry, Liz Thorne, Ray & Dorothy Bishop, Sandra Gibbons, Sally Bartrum, Barbara Bungay-Miller, Diane Leach, Geoffrey Hill, Kathleen Cannings.

Apologies for absence

Hazel Gardiner, Sheila Wildish, Ann Channon, Tom Gardiner, Mick Bond, Frances Bates, Yvonne Swane, Ken Willingale, Roy Evans, Ruth Riddleston, Barry & Elizabeth Wakefield, Joan Moore, Patricia Cave, Bryan & Jenny Smith and Ray Spencer.

Chairman’s Report

Chairman Trevor Smy welcomed 34 members who were present.

He said 2015 had been another good year for HortSoc and its enthusiastic committee. Trevor thanked Ken Willingale for auditing the accounts, Pat Bray for spreading our news in the local press and the judges for their expertise at our shows and competitions. Hortsoc are very appreciative of Andrew and Sue Gowen for their support and being fantastic hosts for the summer garden evening at Parkers. He expressed thanks to those who are not on the committee but offer invaluable help with refreshments, raffles, produce stalls and various other tasks during the year and those who donate plants, produce, cakes, raffle prizes for events. Last but certainly not least he thanked all our members for their support in making our activities so successful and enjoyable and said; there would not be a HortSoc without you. On a sad note Trevor said that Bethan Jervois, Vicky Touhey and most recently Flora Grey had died during the past year. They will be very much missed for their support as HortSoc members and within the village. Members were also sad to hear of Anne Spencer's resignation from the committee. Trevor said Anne first joined the committee in 1997, so has been involved almost 20 years, including a spell as Treasurer. We will miss her wicked sense of humour, amusing stories, her delicious cakes as well as her valuable support on the committee. Anne was presented with an Orchid as a small thank you. (We were delighted when she said she may rejoin the committee when time permitted in the future!)

Acceptance of Minutes

The minutes of the 2015 AGM had been circulated prior to the meeting and there were no matters arising. Richard Cave proposed, and Sandra Gibbons seconded acceptance of the minutes, which were approved by those present.

Treasurer's Report

The statement of accounts were circulated. Margaret said it had been another financially successful year. There were no matters arising. Andrew Gowen proposed, and Winnie Marshall seconded acceptance of the statement of accounts, which were approved by those present.

Secretary's Report

The report had been circulated prior to the meeting. There were no matters arising.

HortSoc came out of hibernation in March to begin the year with a fascinating and passionately conveyed talk on ‘An Incitement to Early Marriage: A Social History of the Allotment’ by Dr Twigs Way closely followed by the Spring Flower Show, which attracted 66 entries, from 15 entrants in the 17 classes. A steady stream of visitors popped in to enjoy refreshments and a chat in the colourful and fragrant atmosphere.

Our annual coach outing in June to Savill Garden at Windsor and a Thames Cruise proved to be another popular and successful day out. The sun beamed down on us for a very enjoyable coach outing to Hatfield House and Gardens in Hertfordshire.

The rain stayed at bay for our Summer Garden Party held by the kind invitation of Andrew and Sue Gowen in July. Just over fifty members enjoyed a guided tour of the beautiful garden at Parkers, revealing its bountiful variety of plants and produce and Andrew very kindly gave out gifts of plants. We are enormously grateful to Andrew and Sue for their fantastic hospitality.

Show day on 8th August saw a steady flow of visitors coming along to the 34th annual Flower Show. It was good to see a number of new exhibitors. Many of them, very happy with their successes and the good atmosphere of the day, say they look forward to returning next year. The number of entries, totalling 330 provided an attractive display for visitors. Our thanks go to everyone who supported the show; as visitors, entrants, helpers and to the businesses who kindly donated prizes for the raffle or advertised in the schedule. Entries were of high quality for the hanging basket competition but sadly the scarecrow competition was not continued as the numbers of entries in 2014 had been low.

The autumn speaker, Michael Warren, gave a very interesting talk on 'Gardeners Delight: Vegetable gardens, mine and others', and in November Barry Kaufmann-Wright gave a very enlightening talk about his former career, 'The Role of a Police Wildlife Crime Officer'. His passion for wildlife and his time in this role was evident as he recalled his experiences and advised of some regulations.

Our two main fund-raising events in 2015, our stall at the Christmas Fayre and most particularly the Morning Market proved profitable. Many thanks to everyone who came along and made purchases and of course to the committee, our members and other helpers who gave their time and items for sale or as prizes.