(From the Chipping Campden Bulletin. Reproduced with kind permission of Jeremy Green)

The president of the club, Doug Drinkwater, was impressed by the number of members attending the AGM of Ebrington gardening club. It had been a good year for meetings and evenings out. The visit to the gardens at Compton Scorpion in June was particularly memorable for him as he had visited it many years ago and recalled the taste of the apples and the mulberries there.

He thanked David White, the retiring chairman of the club, for his hard work during his period of office. Between them, David and his wife Pam had been chairmen for a combined total of seven years and he thanked them both for doing such a wonderful job.

Sadly, during the year, we had lost a founder member of the club, Peter Righton. Not only was he a committee member, but also an expert on dahlias and a judge of dahlias in the south of England. A new cup would be presented in his memory to the winner of the dahlia class at this year’s summer show.

In his report, David White recalled the club’s activities during the year: amongst them the winning of the inter-club shield, the visit to Welford Vineyard and the summer show. The proceeds from the plant stall at the summer fete had been donated to the village hall committee to enable them to purchase much needed trestle tables for village use. The highlight of the year’s activities for him had been the visit, in September, to Prince Charles’ home at Highgrove, when twenty-four members were privileged to enjoy a guided tour of the gardens. His only criticism had been the lack of colour in the gardens when we visited.

Following the treasurer’s report, which established that we had a healthy bank balance, mainly due to an increase in membership fees, the election of officers took place, John Massey being voted in as the new chairman.

The evening concluded with a discussion, led by Barry Sabin, on the club’s entry in the hanging basket and window box category at this year’s Hampton Court flower show. The theme would be conservation and wildlife. Barry and Sally would be responsible for putting the entry together but they were keen to incorporate the ideas of club members. The raffle during the evening was for the hanging basket to be produced for the show. This was won by Jane Hart, but of course she has to wait till July to receive it!