Minutes of the AGM held on Zoom Computer Platform

On Tuesday 8th September 2020





 Club Officials:  Peter Goodenough, Sylvia Goodenough, Jean White, David Geach, Anne Geach, Barbara Elliott, John Tipping, Joan Tipping


Club Officials Apologies: None


Club Members:  9 other club members logged onto Zoom to participate.


Minutes of the 2019 AGM


The minutes of the 2019 AGM were read, and agreed by the members on Zoom.



Introduction and Chairman's Report

 Peter began by welcoming the members who were able to join us on Zoom for our AGM. He thanked Sylvia for her very interesting talk and professional slide-show presented on Zoom about ‘ Sex before Flowers’. He then went on to give an overview of the years activities and plans for the coming year.


Chairman's report in brief:-


The year started normally with a very interesting practical talk on apple growing and grafting given by Mervyn Wilson and David Geach. David had been given advice on how to graft apples by Mervyn and had done some grafting which went well and can be seen in his orchard.

In October we had a very poignant story of the Victorian Head Gardeners from Francis Burroughs, whose father was a Head Gardener. These wonderful characters commanded a lot of respect as they were very knowledgeable about all things horticultural.

In November we learnt a lot about scenting the garden, for after Head Gardeners disappeared flowers were not breed for scent but mainly to be big, colourful and blowsy.

In December we held another happy Christmas buffet celebrating the end of the second decade of the 21st century. Goodbye to teenage and hallo to the 20s - we intended the Spring Show to celebrate the roaring 20s of the 19 hundreds but more of this later.

In January we explored new tricks for old Gardeners. This gave us tips on many methods to use as we mature. Valuable as raised beds are, there among many other things we can do.

February was the magic of mushrooms, we did not try any magic mushrooms of sixties fame! There are a huge number of wonderful mushrooms that grow in Britain.

Finally, in March the well known garden writer Sally Nex gave us an excellent talk about all year round vegetable gardening. The take home message was to plan well ahead and to calculate the maximum amount of a particular vegetable that your family will eat and only grow that much. Good advice, don't waste space time and money by growing vegetables to compost.

Many thanks to Sylvia for her hard work in obtaining high quality but affordable speakers. John Tipping is now doing a sterling job of organising some very interesting talks for the coming year.

So in late March we had to cancel the Spring Show on Government advice about spreading coronavirus. Most of the annual plants I had grown for sale were taken by members of the club.

We were also forced to postpone Michael Brown's talk about Capability Brown but we have rearranged this talk that for December 2021.

Also, very many thanks to John Andrew for organising the coach trip to Exbury, obviously postponed but rearranged for May 2021.

So a frustrating end to a good year. We face challenging times ahead to keep the club vibrant in 2021 but the Committee is determined to overcome all difficulties to make the club thrive.


Matters Arising:

 Peter asked David how his grafted trees were doing. David reported they were growing well.


Treasurer’s Report

 We were privileged to see a photo of a socially distanced gardening showing David driving a tractor with Anne assisting, by sitting in a trailer enjoying the sunshine!


David then presented the treasurer's report and talked us through the details. We have made a loss of £174 due to the non-running of the Daffodil Festival, which had incurred some expenses. 


Membership Payments are to remain at £15.00 for single and £25 for joint membership. Visitors entry fee £3.00 each visit. (must be in advance to obtain Zoom link)

Payments can be in the form of a cheque posted to David Geach, or by Bacs System. Full details on these payment methods will be given to members shortly.

Membership fees are still needed to cover the cost of speakers for our Zoom meetings.

Membership cards will be issued by Sylvia upon receipt of the fee, which will still entitle members to a discount at Kelways. 


Show Secretary Report:

 No Report as the Daffodil Festival was unfortunately cancelled.


Programme Secretary’s Report

 John displayed, on Zoom, the schedule of speakers for 20/21 year. Our speaker for the February talk on Bonsai by John Trott, cannot be carried out on Zoom so may need to be rescheduled and replaced by another.

There could be the possibility that Christopher Bond could arrange a group tour of the Bishops Palace for us. In view of this John will make enquiries.


The club outing for 2021 will be in May and the Brimsmore discount evening will be in June.


Scheduled Changes in Committee

 Elaine Douglas has resigned from the committee. She has been on the committee and our treasurer for a decade and has been a great asset to the club.

We thank her for her time and dedication to her duties and wish her well for the future. Thank you Elaine.


Club Duties for 2020 / 2021:


Duties are-


Chair-                                             Peter is happy to continue for the present time

Treasurer –                                     David Geach

Secretary –                                     Jean White

Website -                                        Joan Tipping

Show Organiser-                              Peter Goodenough    

Programme Organiser-                     John Tipping

Catering Co-ordinator-                      Anne Geach+ Barbara Elliott    

Monthly Competition -                      Sylvia Goodenough

Committee member-                        Barbara Elliott

Annual Coach Trip-                          John Andrew          (non committee)


Barbara Elliott has stepped down from catering coordinator but is happy to remain on the committee. Anne Geach may need assistance to run the monthly competitions and to undertake the catering coordinator role.


Winners of the Monthly Competition Winners:


Single Bloom-    Linda Dodimead          Pot Plant-      Peter and Sylvia Goodenough

Flower Class-     Linda Biffin                 Vegetables-   Peter and Sylvia Goodenough

Fruit:                Jenny and Tony Potts


All of the above winners will receive a gardening voucher, in due course.


Any Other Business:

 It is hoped that we will get some more members joining our talks on Zoom. We need to start spreading the message. Maybe inviting members friends to join us in our house (where possible) or have a go themselves and helping them to log in to zoom.



Meeting closed 9.30pm approx.


Date of Next Committee meeting November 19th 2020