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12:12pm Thursday 12th August 2010
12:07pm Thursday 12th August 2010
The August meeting of Halesowen Gardeners Club was held on Monday August 2 in the Shenstone Theatre. Members were informed that some £160 had been raised at the club plant sale in June and all were thanked for their contributions of plants and for purchasing plants on the night. The trip to Hunters End Garden in July had been well attended and the club had received a thank you note from Colin and Norma Page for visiting their garden with an invitation to go back there again anytime as they had enjoyed the evening as much as club members. Members were informed that John Young's garden ‘Tall Trees’, Grange Hill, Halesowen, will be open on Saturday September 4. There is an admission charge of £2 to include coffee and cake with all proceeds to St Margaret's Church.
12:00pm Thursday 12th August 2010
3:22pm Tuesday 20th July 2010
3:09pm Tuesday 20th July 2010
3:07pm Tuesday 20th July 2010
3:01pm Tuesday 20th July 2010
11:37am Monday 21st June 2010
Our June evening was most wonderful in every way! Sandra Bright created stunning arrangements using delicate foliage Bridal Wreath (spirea), ivy, ruskus and leatherleaf ferns creating inspirational Floral Wedding Designs with lillies, lianthus, gerberas, carnations and golden rod (solidago) from hoops for bridesmaids, to pew ends, chair backs for the Reception, Church and Top Table arrangements.
11:36am Monday 21st June 2010
11:33am Monday 21st June 2010
2:54pm Thursday 3rd June 2010
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2:39pm Thursday 3rd June 2010
2:30pm Thursday 3rd June 2010
3:53pm Thursday 13th May 2010
The Society’s May meeting witnessed the welcome return of Steve Bach with a new show, entitled ‘Steam in the Sixties Part II’. Knowing his audience’s interest in Black Country railways, Steve went straight into some fascinating black and white images of Stourbridge Junction shed, the Halesowen-Old Hill branch and Oxley shed. However, this was but the precursor to an evening of pure nostalgia as we followed our photographer chasing the ever-decreasing numbers of steam locomotives across the length and breadth of England and Scotland.
3:41pm Thursday 13th May 2010
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3:28pm Thursday 13th May 2010
3:48pm Friday 30th April 2010
10:37am Friday 30th April 2010
10:35am Friday 30th April 2010
10:33am Friday 30th April 2010
The April meeting of Halesowen Gardeners Club held on Monday April 12 was well attended and it was pleasing to welcome a number of visitors. Our speaker Paul Hand, who was back at the club by popular demand, gave an entertaining talk on wooden spoons. Mr Hand is a skilled wood worker and, following a brief introduction on the history of spoon making and, how he had himself become interested in producing his own spoons, described the methods he used and showed examples of his work. Mr Hand now makes his functional spoons on a more commercial basis mainly using cherry wood but has tried to use all types of native wood including the black poplar (Populus nigra), alder (Alnus glutinosa) and oak. He informed us that in Scotland the birch is the common wood used and Wales favour sycamore wood. Sadly most of the Welch love spoons we find in shops are now made abroad. Mr Hand answered a number of questions from members, particularly on the techniques he used to finish the spoons, and was thanked for his talk, and for bringing along a variety of spoons of all shapes and sizes for members to examine. Our next meeting will be on Monday May 10 when the speaker will be Daniel Fildes with his talk on the Ceanothus Collection in Stevens Park. All visitors are most welcome to attend any of the meetings held in the Shenstone Theatre above the library on the first Monday in the month at 7.30pm. The Club night in June will be our plant sale and members are requested to bring any surplus plants that they have to offer for sale at the meeting to raise club funds. This is a popular fun night for both members and visitors where plants are sold on an auction basis. The July Club meeting on July 5 is the evening visit to Hunters End Garden in Bewdley and members are reminded to register for this trip and to pay £6 fee, to include refreshments, to Kath as soon as possible so that we can firm up arrangements. For further information on our meetings please visit our web site www.communigate. co.uk/bc/viewall.phtml and follow the link to Halesowen Gardeners’ Club.
11:41am Friday 16th April 2010
11:36am Friday 16th April 2010
11:03am Friday 16th April 2010
The March meeting of the Club was held on Monday 1st March in the Shenstone Theatre and our speaker was John Robinson who gave an interesting and well illustrated talk on The Natural History of the Wyre Forest. Mr Robinson retired from his work in the Wyre Forest some ten years ago and obviously has a vast knowledge of the wildlife in and around the area. He has won many awards for his photography particulary from wildlife magazines and gave us an insight into what was required to get that special photograph of seeds bursting from a plant, a woodpecker hunting for grubs or a bird of prey in flight. Mr Robinson commenced his talk by giving a brief history of the forest and the work that was once carried out including hazel coppicing and the making of charcoal. The way that the forest was managed has had a profound effect upon the wildlife there today and Mr Robinson gave examples showing how the flora had developed and then attracted the fauna and types of birds and animals. There were excellent photographs of a dormouse just coming out of hibernation, foxes, badgers, fallow deer and grass snakes as well as many plants and birds. The number of adders to be found had decreased over the last few years and Mr Robinson thought that this was in no small way due to the increase in the buzzard population – a bird of prey rarely seen in the area 30 years ago. Mr Robinson had in the past created wildlife gardens and showed photographs of his wild life garden at Lambeth Palace in London.
10:59am Friday 16th April 2010
Arden Forest Branch held its Spring Dance at The Conservative Club Blackberry Lane on Saturday March 28. As before this popular venue was almost a sell out and the evening was voted a great success by everyone attending.
4:29pm Thursday 8th April 2010
The Society’s March meeting saw the most welcome return of Bob Green with “More Steam in the Landscape”. Bob’s fame as an expert photographer of steam had obviously gone before him as the number attending was an all-time record for the Society and we welcomed several new faces.
4:24pm Thursday 8th April 2010
The New Year started with an illustrated talk by Marilyn Ferris on the ‘History of Mary Stevens Park’. This fascinating talk described the many developments that have been made by the successive families that have owned the park and have led to the park as we know it today.
4:10pm Thursday 8th April 2010
3:35pm Thursday 11th March 2010
3:31pm Thursday 11th March 2010
3:27pm Thursday 11th March 2010
The Annual General Meeting of the Club was held on Monday February 1 in the Shenstone Theatre. There was a good attendance and members were thanked for braving the weather and welcomed by the Chair, Garry Lynall. The minutes of the previous year's AGM were read and accepted. The Chair then gave a brief review of last year's talks and outings and referred members to the programme for the next 12 months. The Committee were thanked for their work in organising and ensuring the club ran with special appreciation to Judith Bridges for arranging the speakers.
11:26am Friday 5th March 2010
11:18am Friday 5th March 2010
11:05am Friday 5th March 2010
Help for Heroes benefitted from a fundraising evening in February. Mrs Celia Wilkie welcomed and thanked everyone for supporting the event and gave a brief outline of the ethos behind Help for Heroes which is the club's chosen charity for this year.
10:47am Friday 19th February 2010
The Society held its first meeting of the year in early February at the Birchley Social Club. After giving details of the trip to Swindon and the Gloucester Warwickshire Railway, Alan Atkinson introduced the speaker, Chris Dyche.
10:34am Friday 19th February 2010
11:28am Friday 22nd January 2010
11:26am Friday 22nd January 2010
11:22am Friday 22nd January 2010
The first meeting of the New Year was held on Monday January 4 and the speaker was Brian Draper who gave a talk entitled “Where to watch wildlife along the River Severn”. Brian Draper is well known for his knowledge of wildlife and has for many years acted as guide to visitors on his coach trip tours all along the River Severn. His talk described the types of wildlife to be found at selected places along the Severn commencing with the source of the river at Plynlimon where bird species short eared owl, merlin, peregrine falcon and red kite have been seen and red grouse, teal and golden plover breed. White heather is the dominant plant and dragonfly species and the common lizard are also known to live in this area. At each location reference was made to parking and disabled access with the talk ending at the last location being Slimbridge Wildfowl Reserve. Many types of animals, plants and insects were illustrated and Mr Draper was thanked for his most interesting talk. A comprehensive leaflet is available for members.
11:21am Friday 22nd January 2010
Cradley Heath Flower & Gardening Club commences its 2010 Programme on Thursday February 4. The Floral Demonstrator is Sandra Finch of Tettenhall. Her theme is ‘Famous People’. The Club is held at The Baptist Church, Four Ways, Corngreaves Road, Cradley Heath, B64 6BL. Doors open at 6.45pm for 7.30pm. Entrance Cost is £3 to include tea, coffee and biscuits. We hope all our members and visitors have had a good Christmas and we wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year and look forward to seeing you on February 4.
11:13am Friday 22nd January 2010
11:11am Friday 22nd January 2010
4:39pm Thursday 10th December 2009
4:37pm Thursday 10th December 2009
4:30pm Thursday 10th December 2009
4:22pm Thursday 10th December 2009
9:00am Sunday 15th November 2009
The largest audience this year attended the Society’s November meeting to enjoy a feast of steam from the camera of Alan Price. Alan, who is the proprietor of On Track Productions, had journeyed from Skegness to show us two of the many DVDs in his catalogue.
11:31am Friday 13th November 2009
11:27am Friday 13th November 2009
The new season for the club started with the September meeting; this first meeting of the new year taking on a different format to previous years; the first meeting has consisted of registration and a quiz, but this year it was decided to get straight into the programme of speakers.
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