March 2013 Open Meeting – Organic Vegetable Gardening

The meeting was held on Tuesday 19th March at 7:30 pm. in the small room of the village hall and was attended by fifteen members.
The presentation was made by the return of the popular RHS listed speaker, Terry Rands. Terry manages his garden organically and has been giving gardening talks, running courses, and attending gardening question events to over ninety organisations during the last ten years. He has exceptional knowledge on a variation of subjects, particularly organic and wildlife gardening areas.

Terry covered growing most vegetables organically and his presentation included many useful tips that will be taken up by the members attending to enable them to improve their vegetable crops.

Many questions were asked by members and all skilfully answered by Terry. It is a major benefit for all those that attend the Isleham Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Association meetings to have access to such gardening experts as Terry.

Refreshments were provided by Ann Ford.


February 2013 Open Meeting – Growing Clematis throughout the year.

The meeting was held on Tuesday 19th February at 7:30 pm. in the small room of the village hall and was attended by fifteen members.
The presentation was made by Roy Nunn a clematis specialist. Roy and his wife are custodians of a large collection of clematis varieties including many that they have developed.
Roy is the Vice President of the International Clematis Society having had a keen interest in gardening from an early age, and more particularly in clematis for the past 20 years.
He propagates plants from seeds and cuttings and assesses suitability for garden use. Following retirement from his work as a Building Surveyor at Trinity College, Cambridge he spends some time writing for various publications about the merits of growing the small flowered clematis.
Members left the meeting well informed regarding clematis varieties and their care to be able to enjoy flowering clematis throughout the year.
Refreshments were provided by Margaret Davies and Ann Ford
January 2013 – Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting was held in the small room of the Village Hall at 7:30 pm on 22nd January 2013. At the meeting, wine soft drinks, wine and nibbles were enjoyed by the fifteen members that attended.
The meeting was concluded with a gardener’s forum under the chairmanship of Chris Maxfield. Many questions were raised and discussed by members and in the main answers found.

Minutes of the AGM

1. Present
The meeting was attended by: Chris Maxfield, Ann Ford, Andrea Copestake, Howard Copestake, Jeannette Malkin, Ian Thorburn, Christine Hewitt, Clive Hall, Helen Hall, Margaret Davies, Glenda Preece, David Alberry-King, John Collyer, Pam Alberry-King, and Jenny Hodd. Apologies from Sally Chaplin, Sue and Rob Hall.
2. Welcome
The Chairman welcomed attendees to the meeting.
3. Minutes of the Annual General Meeting held on 18th January 2012
The Minutes were circulated and there were no matters arising.
Chris Maxfield proposed adoption of the Minutes; seconded by Howard Copestake.
4. Secretary’s Report
The Secretary’s Report was circulated to the meeting.
Clive Hall proposed acceptance; seconded by Jenny Hodd.
5. Chairman’s Comments
The Chairman said that the Committee had worked very hard during the year and, although not every event was a success, they had had fun and worked well as a team. She thanked each of the Committee members present for their individual contribution and remarked on the successful financial outcome.
6. Accounts
The Treasurer presented a statement of income and expenditure for the period ended 31st December 2012 showing £522.44, although he had noted a slight discrepancy in the figure brought forward from the previous year which he would investigate further.
7. Adoption of the Accounts for the previous financial year
Harold Copestake proposed adoption of the accounts; seconded by John Collyer.
8. Election of officers
The officers of the Committee confirmed their willingness to stand for re-election.
Voting was as follows:
Chris Maxfield. Proposed by Jenny Hodd; seconded by Clive Hall. Vote carried unanimously.
Vice Chairman:
Margaret Davies. Proposed by Chris Maxfield; seconded by Jenny Hodd. Vote carried unanimously.
Pam Alberry-King. Proposed by Margaret Davies; seconded unanimously.
Clive Hall. Proposed by Chris Maxfield; seconded unanimously.
Committee Members:
Helen Hall. Proposed by Howard Copestake; seconded unanimously.
Sally Chaplin. Proposed by Jenny Hodd; seconded unanimously.
Ann Ford. Proposed by Clive Hall; seconded unanimously.
Jenny Hodd. Proposed by Chris Maxfield; seconded unanimously.
Howard Copestake. Proposed by Clive Hall; seconded unanimously
All committee positions were filled with the exception of Publicity/Events Officer.
9. Appointment of Auditors
Clive Hall, Treasurer, to approach Robert Blair F.C.C.A. to audit the 2011/2012 accounts.
10. Events
A copy of the events programme January – November 2013 was presented to all attendees.
11. Vote of thanks
Ian Thorburn proposed a vote of thanks to all Committee members. Margaret Davies thanked the Chairman on everybody’s behalf for all the hard work she had done during her time in office.
There being no further business, the Chairman declared the meeting closed.

December 7th 2012 – Mince Pie & Mulled Wine Event – St Andrew’s Church Social Centre
The above event raised a total of £173.44 for the Isleham Allotment and Leisure Gardeners Association Funds.
Many thanks go to all those that supported the event.
It is planned to repeat the event in 2013.

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