War-torn past to bright fuchsia
Gardening club celebrates milestone
NOT many groups manage to stay together for 75 years but for one evergreen club their roots are far too entrenched for them to be going anywhere anytime soon.
The Chalfont St Peter Gardening Club is set to celebrate its milestone birthday later this year, having officially opened in 1940 to help the village recover from Second World War rationing.
To help the war effort the government of the time encouraged civilians to ‘Dig for Victory’ which resulted in many gardening clubs and societies formed during that time. Now, 75 years later, members still meet to share a common interest in all things horticultural. To celebrate its birthday their hut was completely refurbished and each member was presented with a jute tote bag.
Members are looking to the future now and are tooling up for the biggest event of the year, which takes place on August 22 at the Community Centre, Gravel Hill.
At their annual show you will find the centre filled with fruit and vegetable displays, flowers, cakes and chutneys.
Chairman Susan Mills said: “I am very proud of our heritage, and I value the fellowship enjoyed with our members. For all of us the natural environment is our source of pleasure and inspiration.”
She added: “On a personal level every gardener I meet is a delight. Gardeners tend to be optimistic, patient and take the time to appreciate the wonderful world that we live in.
“The philosopher Frederick Langbridge wrote – ‘Two men look out through the same bars, one sees mud and one sees stars.’ As gardeners we see both.”