Copplestone Garden Club

Our group has expanded over the last year which makes our fairly informal meetings quite interesting as more members mean more ‘Flowers of the month’ to discuss. Non gardeners are very welcome, and if you are new to the village it is a good starting point for meeting people. We hold our meetings at Waterbridge Golf Club, the perfect setting for a Garden Club as it looks out over their beautifully kept greens and attractive trees. As the clubhouse is open daily and serves hot food some of us take advantage of having a day off cooking. Our next meeting dates starting at 7.30pm are:

17th January 2018

21st February 2018

21st March 2018

Vicki & Lloyd Smale have taken on the two adjacent Community Village planters with a budget of £150 from the Parish Council. Watch these spaces as plants appear now and again in spring and these empty planters are transformed. The planter nearest the shop Lynette and myself look after; our aim is to keep some colour going through summer into autumn and, although the wind and rain did it’s best to wreck the Helenium Marmalade, it has kept going regardless. The most taxing part of keeping all these planters going is the watering in dry spells, so please keep them in mind when you pass by, just a bottle per plant helps no end and they and us will thank you for it.

Our two stalls at the Copplestone Fun Day,  for  plants and Bric-a-Brac, did amazingly well despite the weather with all the takings going to the ‘Help us Build our Village Hall’ fund. The profits for the coming year from the two plant stalls in Copplestone will also go to the village hall fund, so any spare plants you can donate would be greatly appreciated.

The Hospicecare/Copplestone Village Hall Fundraiser ‘Open Gardens’ will be going ahead on the 23rd and 24th June 2018 so please note the dates.  I hope many of you will be able to visit and support the event. So far seven gardens have confirmed opening and hot drinks, savoury bakes & cakes, cocktails and soft drinks will be available plus plenty of seating. An entrance fee for the group opening is £5 per head with accompanied children up to 16yrs free. Permission was granted by Great Western to open our now famous Station garden, which  the Station manager says is a first for her. The Station had a wonderful write up in November issue of The Devon Life.

Iris Middleton put a pumpkin plant in at the Station earlier in the year and by October it had produced 3 good sized pumpkins. James at the Farm shop very kindly ran a ‘guess the weight’ competition for the Village Hall fund with one pumpkin and the other two were auctioned off via Facebook, raising enough money to buy a few bricks!

On a sadder note I would like to acknowledge the passing this year of John Mason who was the clubs very first Chairman. We had a whip round for Liz his wife to purchase a tree to be planted at the Recreation field and it was lovely to have Liz attend our October meeting to thank us and invite us all to the tree planting ceremony.

Points of contact for anything mentioned in this article is Ann Downer (Secretary) on 84146 email or Anne Gatton on 84968 email

Anne Gatton