Horticultural Society

The last evening talk of 2018 saw the return of John Gamble and Kathleen Bird with another instalment of their audio visual presentations "A lens on our Gardens". This was a chance to see many pictures from the last Headley Open Gardens event in 2017 and, as ever, the audience were able to spot themselves and friends admiring the gardens that were opened to visitors all around Headley village. There were also pictures from some of this year's outings including Painshill and West Dean Gardens, which also included many members of the society "caught on camera".

John Gamble's visit to the Beamish Museum produced some interesting images of life gone by, and his section "Focus on Fauna" showed his skill in capturing birds and wild animals in their own habitats. Kathleen Bird's contributions included a fascinating story of animals being rescued from islands that were created as valleys were flooded during the completion of the Kariba dam project, and an interesting piece about "Stevia", a plant sugar substitute which is grown in Africa.

Comedy was provided by John Baker is his excellent piece "Grandma's Computer" - a salutary lesson to all of us not to press the wrong buttons on our laptops! Highgate Cemetery was the setting for his scary tale entitled "Halloween" with ghouls and ghosties everywhere.

The evening finished with another showing of "The Password", another salutary tale that was enjoyed by all.

It was a most enjoyable evening and many members stayed to enjoy a cup of tea and a biscuit afterwards, especially as chairman Christine Leonard had told the audience of the last-minute rush to buy milk and biscuits and requested that the effort did not go to waste!

There is no meeting in December and we start again on January 17th when Geoff Hawkins will test our knowledge with a fun quiz. Do come along and start the year with a bit of brain teasing - new members are always welcome.

Meetings are held in Headley Village Hall on the third Thursday of the month, and new members are always welcome.