October 2017


November meeting - Thurs. 9th. November - 7.30pm Village Hall
Sonya Burrows – ‘ Do Plants Wear Coats? ‘

October meeting – There was a programme change for the October meeting, Jim Buttress’s wife was ill and he could not leave her but fortunately Jenny was able to book Matthew Tanton Brown. Matt is one of these speakers who can talk for an hour or so with a few plants or flowers as ‘props’ . His talk was entitled ‘Winter Interest Plants’ and he had brought along an array of trees, shrubs and flowers with a striking display of colours, in particular leaves and berries. Stand outs for me were Liquid Amber, Sycamore, Japanese Maple, Spindle, Crab Apples, Hellebores, Cyclamen (buy UK bred), Scinnias and Orange Conifers, all displaying vivid colours. As always Matthew’s talk included amusing anecdotes at the expense of the WI and Monty Don amongst others. A great evening and even the WI members present will forgive his digs! Great stuff!
If you missed the talk and want to see more of these plants and Matt visit Place for Plants, Dedham.

Dobies Seed Catalogues - Dobies seed catalogues for 2018 are out and Ray will have them available at the November and Christmas meetings. If you can’t be there contact Ray on 448571 or you can collect from 6 Rectory Lane. Don’t forget members get a discount of 45% on seeds and 10% off other products.

November meeting
Sonya Burrows – ‘Do Plants Wear Coats’?
For our November meeting we welcome back Sonya Burrows whose illustrated talk is entitled ‘ Do Plants Wear Coats’ ?
Sonya is a popular speaker and we are pleased to see her back in the village hall .
Come early for this one as we will have full details of arrangements for our Christmas party. Alma and Jo will be coming among you looking for offers of help with refreshments.

Christmas party Thurs. 14th. December – 7.30pm Church Hall.
Charlie Haylock – ‘An Eccentric Look at Spoken English’.
We round off the 2017 programme with our Christmas party which will be held in the Church Hall , 7.30 pm, Thursday 14th. December.
We are fortunate to have Charlie Haylock back with us and many will remember him taking over proceedings at the 2013 Christmas party!
His talk this year is entitled ‘An Eccentric Look at Spoken English’ I expect he will be bringing some of his books along, well worth a read.
There will be no charge for members but we need some idea of numbers for catering so let Jenny know at the November meeting or by phone 448571. Jenny will also have a few tickets for guests at £5.
There will be the usual refreshments, including punch, and we will have a draw for club funds. Draw prizes will be welcomed to committee members or bring along on the night. So don’t forget – Church Hall.

Tales from the Allotments
The problem with writing these notes is they are read a month after being written and things can change dramatically , especially the weather. September, normally a warm dry month, this year has given us a higher than normal rain fall with some chilly nights. The rain has however given a boost to autumn root crops still in the ground.
The nice thing about the allotment is that it is never totally dormant with some crops such as brassicas, root crops, leeks, celeriac etc continuing to grow through the dark days of winter. Also we have the green shoots of autumn sown crops putting in an appearance before the year end. I have already planted Red Duke and Elephant garlic and plan to sow broad beans late November and all these crops will put in an appearance before the year is out, so the plots never sleep.
I have mentioned my bramley apple tree’s record crop this year, enormous fruits and without doubt the best cooking apple by a country mile. Try them baked , stuffed with fruit – delicious! Bob , being an ex fireman, used his ladder skills to help me pick some of the crop but as always the tantalising, biggest, fruits are always just out of reach! My favourite dessert apple , the cox, has not performed this year , some you win! My least favourite dessert is the so called golden delicious, which in my view is neither golden nor delicious!
I am taking orders for butternut squash if of interest, they come in small, medium or large and are available now. I can deliver to locals or you can collect. A small donation to club funds will be welcome. They are delicious roast and make great soup.

Roy Mallett 616