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Spelthorne Com­mu­nity Gar­den is one of sev­eral cur­rently be­ing cre­ated across Sur­rey and is funded by Spelthorne Bor­ough Coun­cil and the Arts Part­ner­ship Sur­rey.

It re­lies on a group of lo­cal vol­un­teers to de­velop, care and main­tain it, work­ing along­side an artist from com­mu­nity art or­gan­i­sa­tion Sculpt It. The group is al­ways look­ing for new vol­un­teers so if you en­joy gar­den­ing, arts and crafts, phys­i­cal work or would sim­ply like to make new friends, then get in touch. The group meets weekly on a Satur­day be­tween 1pm and 4pm at the gar­den in Hawkedale In­fants School, Strat­ton Road. For more in­for­ma­tion con­tact Spelthorne coun­cil’s leisure ser­vices team at leisure@spelthorne.gov. uk or call 01784 446433.

Walton and Wey­bridge Flower Club

CHAIR­MAN Anna Craw­ford opened the first meet­ing of the au­tumn by an­nounc­ing that the fi­nal sum given to the Sam Beare Hospice was £400, which would be in­creased after a suc­cess­ful fundrais­ing cof­fee morn­ing in Au­gust or­gan­ised jointly by the club and ArtPeace Zim­babwe. Due to the gen­eros­ity of those present, some £1,000 was raised and shared equally. Other good news from Wis­ley was that four mem­bers were there with six ex­hibits; Es­ther Wood was com­mended – a good achieve­ment for her first en­try in a com­pe­ti­tion at this level. Anna re­minded mem­bers of the open meet­ing on Oc­to­ber 30 with na­tional demonstrator Nick Grounds at the Walton Play­house, at 1pm for 2pm. His ti­tle is Sea­sonal An­tic­i­pa­tion. In­for­ma­tion/tick­ets from 01932 226862 and cost £10 mem­bers and £12 for guests. She then gave a warm wel­come to an old friend of the club, Sur­rey area demonstrator Va­lerie Clark, with her demon­stra­tion, A Plea­sure Shared. She cer­tainly did that, with a beau­ti­ful ar­ray of flow­ers and in­ter­est­ing fo­liage us­ing favourite con­tain­ers and ac­ces­sories and re­gal­ing her au­di­ence with a mem­ory evoked by each one. The com­pe­ti­tion was en­ti­tled From The Al­lot­ment and the win­ners were: Be­gin­ners, Mar­ion Wil­liams; in­ter­me­di­ate, Anne-Marie Coombs; early ad­vanced, Mar­ion de Leito; ad­vanced, Ann Mans­field; se­nior ad­vanced, Kathy Hyde. The Kit Gasser Trophy for best use of colour/tex­ture was won by Pat Emer­son. The com­pe­ti­tion for the meet­ing on Thurs­day, Oc­to­ber 2 is Shades of Au­tumn and the demonstrator is An­nette Parshot­ten with Hol­ly­wood meets Bol­ly­wood. Vis­i­tors and new mem­bers are al­ways wel­come. Meet­ings at St An­drew’s Church, Her­sham Road, start at 2pm and tick­ets cost £6. Con­tact 01932 228214.

Edna Blow­ers

Elm­bridge U3A

AT Elm­bridge U3A’s Septem­ber monthly talk held at Her­sham Vil­lage Hall, John Ne­gus, a reg­u­lar guest on BBC Sur­rey’s Sun­day morn­ing Dig It gar­den­ing phone-in, con­fronted his au­di­ence face-to-face when he took us on a pho­to­graphic tour of the Caribbean is­lands, show­ing us wa­ter­proof fo­liage that is used to make roofs and a tree, ru­moured to have been used as a boat moor­ing by Christo­pher Colum­bus. One of his most mem­o­rable sto­ries was the fact that in Aruba, the res­i­dents plant cacti right around the edge of their houses and sta­ple them to­gether to keep their prop­er­ties se­cure – very dif­fer­ent to our bur­glar alarms. Dur­ing the Oc­to­ber meet­ing on Wed­nes­day, we will be hear­ing about the his­tory of the Lyons teashops from Neville Lyons, a rel­a­tive of the founder. Founded in 1887, it be­came the first ‘ food em­pire’ in the world. We shall hear about the main ac­tiv­i­ties through­out the his­tory of the company, in­clud­ing some amus­ing anec­dotes and many sur­prises along the way. The meet­ing will take place at Her­sham Vil­lage Hall, in Queens Road. Doors open at 1.30pm and the talk be­gins at 2pm. Ad­mis­sion is £2 for non­mem­bers and £1 for mem­bers . All are wel­come.

Stu­dents at Hawkedale School dig deep.

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