Not just a flower show...
Letter from the Chairman
Welcome to Acol Horticultural Society's website.
After another very busy year for us last year we are now looking forward to 2019. However it is with great sadness that we learned of the loss of Bob Lawrence at the end of 2018. Bob was one of our founder members and had been on the committee since the Society started in 1967. He has been a huge part of the Society and his contribution over the years both as chairman and show secretary has been immense. He will be sadly missed.
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 and in 2017 for the children we started a new competition to see who could grow the longest runner bean. This was followed last year by the largest sunflower head for the Autumn show. This year's growing challenge for the children will be the heaviest onion. Seeds will be provided and the competition is open to children aged 13 and under.
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 and a great Christmas social in December. Last year we also held a very enjoyable murder mystery evening and our thanks go again to Jim for organising this. This year we will be holding a Quiz Night in the Village Hall on Saturday 18th May at 6.30 for 7.00 pm. As we no longer have any other social hub in the village, this is a great way to meet new people and make new friends.
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. We have speakers on a range of different subjects and tea, coffee and biscuits at the meetings. Last year we also had a coach trip to Green Island and Hyde Hall in Essex in July. 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 51 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