Not just a flower show...
Letter from the Chairman
Welcome to Acol Horticultural Society's website.
After a very special year for us last year as the Society celebrated our 50th Anniversary, we are now looking forward to 2018.
The Society holds 4 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 last year for the children we started a new competition to see who could grow the longest runner bean. This year's growing competition for the children will be the largest sunflower head for the Autumn show. Seeds will be provided.
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. 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 Wisley in May. Our meetings are free to members but if any non-members want to come along, then it's just £3 per meeting. We have some very exciting speakers this year including Tom Hart-Dyke from Lullingstone Castle and Jim Buttress from the BBC Allotment Challenge programme.
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 at the beginning of the year and can be picked up at our meetings or call the Show Secretary for a copy.
Having had a very successful first 50 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 move into our second half century and looking forward to the future.
Stephen Ling - Chairman