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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.