Tilehurst Horticultural Association 

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Newsletter October 2018 

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Grass Roots Autumn 2018

   Newsletter    October - December 2018 

Dates for your Diary 

October Oak Tree Road Shed is closed until 2 March 2019   

25 October Talk by Thomas Stone “Gardening for Wildlife”       7.45 p.m. in the Village Hall

29 November Talk by Paolo Arrigo “Italy from Seed to Plate”   

7.45 p.m. in the Village Hall  

December Gratwicke Road Shed Closed until 3 February 2019

14 February 2019 AGM 7.30 p.m. in the Village Hall

Annual Summer Show

Well, what a Show! The first Summer Show, organised by Show Secretary Claire O’Brien, has to be judged a resounding success!  Records were broken in all areas, in spite of fears beforehand that entries would be impacted by the hottest summer for many years.  In fact, the weather on the day was also a factor in the success of this year’s Show as it brought competitors and visitors alike out in their droves. Thanks to our main Show sponsor,

there had been an increased level of publicity this year and the red and white estate agents boards lining the streets of Tilehurst, advertising our Show, attracted much interest. In fact, thanks to the substantial support of local businesses, this year’s Show made a healthy profit.

Claire O’Brien our Show Secretary writes:- “Summer Show Success: Thank you to every single one of you that contributed to the success of this year's record breaking Annual Show.  What a fabulous display of flowers, fruit and veg you exhibited! There is an item in lost property, a glass sweetcorn dish, please contact me to reclaim.  We are already looking ahead to 2019, the 3 August is the date for your diary.  If you have any suggestions for new classes, or changes to existing ones, or any other feedback, please contact me: 

show.tilehurstha@gmail.com   07903 269554 

We will be forming another Show Focus Group to meet a couple of times through the winter where we will finalise the schedule for next year.  Please let me know if you would like to be part of this group - we meet on an occasional Wednesday evening.”

Flanders Field Event

Members of the THA took part in an event organised by the Church of St, Mary Magdalen in Tilehurst to commemorate the centenary of the end of World War 1. Our display ran down the central aisle, leading towards the focus of the poppy cross. For further details and pictures see our website under Events.

RHS Wisley Visit


One of the benefits of our THA affiliation to the RHS is a free annual visit to an RHS Garden for up to 55 members. Our thanks to Maria Webb, who organised a coach trip for members to visit RHS Wisley on Wednesday, 5 September. This visit coincided with the annual RHS Wisley Flower Show, also featuring the National Dahlia Society Annual Show and the British Flower Bus, along with various trade and nursery stands. The trip was a great success. We hope to repeat the trip next year so if you were not able to go this year, we hope that you will have the chance in the future. 

E-Mail Addresses

Quite a number of our members now receive their Newsletter via e-mail. We do understand that some members either do not have an e-mail address or prefer to have the newsletter delivered. However, if we do not have an e-mail address we are not able to let you know of events such as the RHS Wisley visit, the NGS visit arranged by Julie Lawrence or the visit to Englefield Garden Centre if they are arranged after the quarterly newsletter is published. It is also more cost effective for us to deliver the newsletter in this way, so we would encourage you to change to the electronic version of the newsletter by emailing the Membership Secretary at membership.tilehurstha@gmail.com and the next newsletter will be delivered direct to your Inbox. Of course, the advantage of the electronic version of the newsletter is the wonderful technicolour photos!

Peat Free Compost

We do have a limited amount of peat free compost at Gratwicke Road Shed. Although it is a little more expensive than our other composts, we believe that our price for the peat free compost is competitive.

Newbury Show

Congratulations to our team on achieving second place in the Inter Village competition at the Royal Berkshire Show and, additionally, Best Dish of Fruit for our apples. This really was a good result given the difficult growing conditions this year and the unpredictability of produce available. In fact, the apples we exhibited were the only fruit which came for selection this year, whereas normally we have a choice of 3 or 4 varieties.

Trading Sheds

Nigel Turner will start organising the rotas for 2019 in November. We are looking for new Cashiers and Helpers for both of our trading sheds. The time commitment is not too great; a minimum of 6 hours a year of your time helping out would make all the difference. If you feel you could help, please give Nigel a call on 0118 9414 102.  As always, please remember to make a note of the dates that you are on duty and make sure you turn up on time.  This is the last year that Nigel will be organising the rota so this does mean that there will be a SITUATION VACANT.  You would need to be familiar with email and Word for this role. Please contact the Secretary if you feel you could help in this important job or speak with Nigel to find out what the role entails.

Dobies Group Discount Scheme

THA members can receive a 50% discount on seed orders and 15% off all other items, by using our special order form or by quoting the new code GD1022E when ordering online at www.dobies.co.uk or by telephone on 0844 967 0303 (calls cost 5p per minute). Please ensure that you give the code at the time you place your order as it cannot be applied retrospectively. Catalogues and order forms should be available in the trading sheds or at our talks, and goods ordered are delivered direct to your address. If you have any concerns about the quality of the goods you receive please contact Dobies Customer Service.

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