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Wickham Skeith Gardening Club

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Our gardening club was set up in the summer of 2012 by a group of villagers who were interested in learning more about horticulture. We aim to promote an interest in gardening through our opening meetings offering talks and demonstrations, as well as visits to gardens and nurseries.


Our annual programmes are varied and we try to include visits to gardens, national collections and specialist nurseries as well as talks on all aspects of plants and gardening.


One of our first visits was to Fernatix at Stoke Ash, they are holders of 50 RHS gold medals including quite a few from Chelsea, so many in fact that they are displayed on the walls of the toilet! We usually have a couple of local evening visits per year where we have had a private tour of Foggy Bottom at Blooms, a tour of the facilities at Howard's Nurseries showing how they produce their plants, a look around the national lilac and campanula collections as well as NGS gardens.

We also have one or two full day trips each year which go a little further  afield. Our first trip was to gardeners world live at the NEC, whilst this went down well we have found that our members prefer something not so far afield so we have recently visited Angelsea Abbey to see the winter gardens, Fairhaven Woodland Garden, RHS Hyde Hall and Somerleyton Hall where our coach conked out just as it turned into the drive and blocked all the traffic behind it!

Speakers have included specialists on trees, perennials, roses, garden design, colour, pruning, pests and useful creature – the list goes on – suffice to say that if you have any interest in gardening there will be something you like. In 2016 we organised a talk by Bob Flowerdew from BBC’s gardeners question time. The hall was packed to capacity and Bob talked and answered questions for over 2 hours.

Keep an eye on the monthly newsletter to check what's on.


The club also run the plant stall for the village fete and organise the annual produce show at the end of August.


We meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month either in the village hall, during autumn and winter, or at local venues for our visits.


Everyone is welcome, either as a member for just £10 per annum, or as a guest. Our membership has grown over the years to include people from surrounding villages and a few from further afield and currently stands at 37.


If you would like to know more please contact Rosie Bassett at




We will be using our own transport for this visit to an award winning garden (Blacksmiths Lane, IP6 9TX).  Parking is available in Coddenham village hall (200 yards away), or in the owners’ driveway if disabled.  Members £7/Non-members £9 - this will include a welcome talk, tour of the garden and refreshments.  Please arrive by 6:30pm.

Should you need a lift, etc contact Rosie or Eddie .



WICKHAM SKEITH PRODUCE SHOW ON SATURDAY 25 AUGUST – see details and entry forms towards the entre of this newsletter. 


Tuesday 25 SEPTEMBER 2018 – 7:30PM

We will be returning to the village hall after our busy summer of outings and our first speaker is Simon White of Peter Beales Nursery.  He will be presenting a talk on Chrysanthemums.  Members £1/non-members £3.



Show Categories



Vegetables & Fruit



 5 Runner Beans

 1 Cabbage

 5 Tomatoes

Herb bunch (min 4 types)

 3 White Onions

 3 Dessert Apples

 3 Courgettes

 Humorous Vegetable

 4 Shallots

 5 Plums

 1 Marrow

2 Sweet Corn

 4 Potatoes

 Longest Runner Bean

 1 Lettuce

4 Red Onions

 3 Beetroot

1 squash

 1 Cucumber


 3 Carrots

 Mixed Veg box (min 6 varieties)



Cookery & Preserves



Victoria Jam Sponge

6 pieces of shortbread

   Jar of Jam


Bottle of Homemade     Booze

Seasonal Fruit Pie

6 fruit scones

Jar of Marmalade


White or Brown Loaf

6 sausage rolls

   Jar of Chutney







Hobbies & Craft





Oil or acrylic

 Embroidered piece

 Wildlife Photograph


Pencil Sketch

Knitted or crochet piece

 Felted piece



Hand sewn item




Flowers & Plants



5 Stems of Dahlias – to incl 3 varieties

Vase of mixed perennials

5 Stems of Perennials – to incl 3 varieties

Vase of Mixed Fragrant Flowers

a Sunflower Stem

5 Stems of Annuals

Hedgerow/wildflower arrangement

a Single Rose


Small Flower Arrangement (6in or under)






3 Brown Eggs




3 White Eggs




3 Bantam Eggs




3 Coloured Eggs










  1. All classes are open to villagers and non-villagers, young and not so young, beginners and experienced. Junior entries will be judged separately.
  2. Exhibits that have won prizes in any other shows are excluded.
  3. All produce and flowers must be home grow by the exhibitor.
  4. All entries in the cookery classes must be homemade by the exhibitor.
  5. All hobby/craft entries must be handmade by the exhibitor and not previously entered in this show
  6. Photographs should not be digitally enhanced


Please return completed entry forms with the correct entry fee to:


Carol Galsworthy, 2 Kitchen Close, 766964, by Thursday 23rd Aug.


Late entries may be accepted at organiser’s discretion


Village Hall opens between 10.30 and 11.30am on Show day for exhibits.


Judging from 11.45am. The hall will be closed during judging.


Show open to public at 2.30pm.

Prize giving and sale at 3.15pm.

All remaining exhibits should be removed by 4.00 pm on the show day.


Please note that the Organisers are not liable for any loss or damage to exhibits.


The Wickham Skeith Gardening Club wish you all the very best of luck


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Age if 16 or under    …………….


Entry fee per class

20p Adult

10p Junior



Class Number


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Total Fee




Form to be returned, along with fees, to Carol Galsworthy, 2 Kitchen Close, by 23rd Aug.


 Please click here to download a copy of this entry form




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