Not just a flower show...

 Letter from the Chairman

Welcome to Acol Horticultural Society's website.

A Happy New Year to all our members & friends.

During the Covid-19 pandemic, one of the upsides of everything has been more of a community feel about the village and it would be wonderful to have more Acol villagers take part in the Society events and shows this year.

The Society holds 3 shows during the year in the Village Hall and many social events that are open to members and non-members.

For those of you not familiar with the Acol Horticultural Society, it is not all just about flowers and vegetables, although obviously they play a big part, but you don’t need a big garden to have a go. Many things can be grown in pots or troughs. 

There are also many other aspects to our shows.  For those Bake-Off fans out there, why not put your skills to the test in our tent?  Also for the photographers and artists amongst us and all you clever creative people there are trophies to be won in the photography, art, floral art and handicraft sections. 

Not forgetting the younger members of the community there are handicraft trophies and cash prizes to be won. We also have a growing competition for children and this year it will be the largest sunflower head to be exhibited in the Autumn Show in September.  Seeds will be supplied by myself.  The competition is open to children aged 13 and under and prize money will be given to the first, second and third place.

As well as the shows we also have a number of social events during the year including a Valentine’s Day afternoon tea, a social lunch in August that we call Nosh and Natter, a gardener’s supper in the autumn, which is usually a Race Night, and a great Christmas social in December. We had a very enjoyable quiz night in 2019 and we will be holding another this year on Saturday 14th May 2022 in the Village Hall.  This will include a sausage & chips/cod bites and chips supper.  As we no longer have any other social hub in the village, these events are a great way to meet new people and make new friends and we always make everybody very welcome.

Membership for the year is £4 for individual membership and £7 for a couple. There are 10 monthly meetings during the year on the first Tuesday of the month, starting in February (although this year it may not start until April).  We have speakers on a range of different subjects and tea, coffee and biscuits at the meetings.  We usually arrange a coach trip during the summer. In 2019 we also had a coach trip to Hyde Hall in Essex in June and were planning on a visit to Kew Gardens in 2020. 

Our meetings are free to members but if any non-members want to come along, then it's just £3 per meeting.  

We have an annual schedule for show entries, so have a look through the schedule and you will see all the information on how to enter the shows (many classes are also open to non-members).  Schedules are available on this site at the beginning of the year and printed copies can be picked up at our meetings or call the Show Secretary for a copy.

Having had a very successful first 53 years, and we are very proud to say we still have some of the original founding members, we are always keen to welcome new members to our Society. So please come and join us as we continue into our second half century and looking forward to the future.

We also have our own Facebook Page at www.facebook.com/acolhorticulturalsociety with regular updates on what is happening in the Society.

Stephen Ling - Chairman




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