Gardens & Country
New members are very welcome, just email us using the pigeon
Jill Armstrong (Group Leader), Betty Ballard (Treasurer), Chas Bryer (Website)
There is no annual group fee, just bring your U3A card and pay for each event attended
Winter Program 2019/20
The winter speaker meetings are usually held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Rowing Club in Abbey Park.
Time: from 2.00-4.00 pm (October to March).
The entrance fee is £5 which includes free parking at the Rowing Club and free coffee/tea and biscuits.
This price should just cover the overall cost of the winter speaker program given the current membership level.
The remaining winter talks until March 2020 are shown in the Dates for your Diary table at the bottom of this page.
We believe we have a varied, quality list of speakers lined up for the coming winter so please come and enjoy an afternoon out in the depths of the winter!
The next talk is on Wednesday, December 11th and is titled Winter Colour and Interest in the Garden, a talk by Duncan Coombs.
Duncan Coombs has a wealth of experience in horticulture and lectured at Pershore College for many years. He has links with the RHS and is involved in community voluntary work. This talk will be back at our usual venue of the Rowing Club in Abbey Park at 2pm provided the floods recede in time!
The first talk of the winter program was on 9 October, entitled Wildlife on and around Bredon Hill, given by Jamie Smith. The winter season kicked off with a talk illustrated by the use of photos and videos captured by camera traps placed on and around Bredon hill.
Sincere apologies to the many people who managed to come in November despite the late change of venue. A catastrophic failure of the speaker's slide projector, as evidenced by the smell of electrical wires burning, forced the cancellation of this talk. This was a great disappointment to all. A special thought for Betty who had managed to rearrange a new venue at short notice, and inform everybody using phone calls, emails and smoke signals. The Rowing Club owe us a favour for double booking our normal room in error. Not our fault, but apologies for the inconvenience. Ironically the Rowing Club access road was flooded on the day so this talk was fated not to happen. We hope the many new members return in December (assuming the floods have receded). The computer technology being used in December should be more reliable (fingers crossed!), and replaceable if necessary. Another mention should be given to Richard Hunt who did everything he could to rescue the situation on the day but was defeated by old technology. We move on and look forward to December!
The 2019 summer program has now been completed.
In 2019 our group visited Cerney House Gardens, Brockworth Court, Hill Close Gardens (Warwick), The Tynings (Stoulton), Morton Hall and a cottage garden in Defford. Some photos of the visits made in 2019 are shown on this webpage.
We are currently looking for volunteers to assist in the running of this group. If you can help keep the group going in the future please contact us.
For all enquiries please use the pigeon to send us an email. Thank you.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Wed Dec 11th||Winter Colour and Interest in the Garden, a talk by Duncan Coombs of Pershore Horticultural College at the Rowing Club, Abbey Park|
|Wed Jan 8th 2020||Bodenham Arboretum through the Seasons, a talk by photographer Adrian James at the Rowing Club, Abbey Park|
|Wed Feb 12th 2020||The Nature and Habitat of Tiddesley Wood, a talk by David Molloy of the Worcestershire Wildlife Trust at the Rowing Club, Abbey Park|
|Wed Mar 11th 2020||The National Garden Scheme in Worcestershire, a talk by David Morgan at the Rowing Club, Abbey Park|
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