Remembering that the AGM of 2019 had to be abandoned because of a heavy snow fall – the Chairman, June Cassidy, welcomed loyal and new members to the January meeting and AGM in complete contrast – very mild weather indeed. Reports were given from the Treasurer, Dick Sulch; Show Secretary, Sue Thompson and a summing up of another successful, eventful year from June. The Rose Bowl for Flower of the Month was awarded to Roberta Stather. Long service gifts were presented to Meg Salter who retired from committee duties and our refreshment ladies – Gwen Varvel and Myra Tyler who are hanging up their Tea Towels after years of boiling kettles.
Lynne Brown was voted in and welcomed as a new committee member.
Cllr Alison Foden, the Mayor, then gave a most informative talk about Dawlish in Bloom and how this initiative is blossoming with the help of the garden society to make Dawlish “Blooming Beautiful” as she put it. During the summer months, residents, local businesses, holiday accommodation and community centres brighten up the town to make it a nicer place to live, work and play.
Members commented that it was much easier to hear all the speakers this evening, this was due to the room being fitted with acoustic panels to improve the sound quality all round.
A Bring and Share Supper with wine and drinks finished off the convivial evening. (See above photo) Roger Kohl, Alison Foden, Jenny Lancaster. Roger and Jenny are Committee members.
Dawlish Garden Society will have much to celebrate in this our 160th anniversary year. There will be a Cheese and Wine evening at our regular May meeting at the Manor, but before that at 7.30 on Thursday, May 14, we have invited Chelsea Flower Show Gold Medal Garden Designer , Chris Beardshaw, to speak about “100 Plants That “Almost” Changed the World” at The Langstone Cliff Hotel, Dawlish Warren. Tickets for this special event are available from Dawlish Tourist Information Office now for £12.