20 November 1998

Wonderful plants in Sussex

THE leaves on the trees were just turning as I drove across my home county of Sussex to meet Hampshire FWC at West Dean Gardens, near Chichester.

The Edward James Foundation has renovated the gardens attached to the college famous for its art and craft courses. The 13 glasshouses have been restored to their Edwardian splendour and house a wide variety of plants. The tomato house was fascinating, I never knew there were so many different varieties.

It was good to renew the acquaintance of Hants members as we walked around the gardens trying to identify plants.

Jean Howells

CARMARTHEN

Thur, Nov 26, 12 for 12.30pm. Meet at The Oaks, Penygraig, Abergwili, for contribution lunch 2.15pm. Cake decorating demonstration by Mrs Pauline Richards. Contact Mary Thomas (01267-238316) or M L Morris (01267-241453).

Tue, Dec 8, Trip to Welsh Winter Fair at Builth Wells. Coach leaves St Clears car park 9am, Morfa Lane car park, Carmarthen 9.20am. Return 4pm. Cost £13. £5 Deposit by Nov 23. Contact Caroline Powell (01994-448297) or M L Morris (01267-241453).

CHESHIRE

Wed, Dec 2, 12 noon. Christmas lunch at Bears Paw, Warmingham. Cost £12.95. Names and menu choice by Nov 26 to Margaret (01477-533586) or Dorothy (01270-526278).

CORNWALL

Mon, Dec 7, 7.30 for 8pm. Christmas

dinner dance and raffle at Kilbirnie Hotel, Newquay. Tickets £13.50.

Thur, Feb 18, Holiday on Ice matinee at Exeter. Tickets £15. Contact Jane Bailey by Dec 4 (01841-541230).

NORFOLK-NORWICH

Tue, Dec 8, 12.30 for 1pm. Christmas lunch at Forte Posthouse, Ipswich Road, Norwich. Cost £16.95. Guests welcome. Please bring a wrapped parcel. Names and £5 deposit by Nov 29 to Rachel Tarry (01379-677241).

NORTH COTSWOLD

Wed, Dec 9, 12.30pm. Christmas lunch at Merrymouth Inn, Stow Road, Fifield. Cost £12. Contact Pauline Pomfret-Wood (01608-737733) or Jane Ridgway (01295-680262).

NORTHERN IRELAND

Fri, Dec 4, 8pm. Christmas dinner at The Old Yard Restaurant on Edenmore House to Drumnabreeze Road, BT67 0RH. Husbands and friends invited.

Contact Sheena Birch (01247-728030).NORTHAMPTONSHIRE

Mon, Dec 14, 12 for 12.30pm. Christmas lunch at Wellingborough Golf Club. Raffle. Names by Mon, Dec 7 to Rita White (01604-810351).

OXFORDSHIRE

Thur, Dec 10, 11am. Meet at Church Hall, Stoke Lyne for microwave demonstration. Contribution lunch. Contact Alice Mansfield (01869-277247).

RUTLAND

Wed, Dec 2, 12.30pm for 1pm. Christmas lunch at the Monkton Arms, no speaker. Please bring item for a Christmas raffle. Contact Isobel White (01572-822387).

SHROPSHIRE-OSWESTRY

Mon, Nov 30, 7.30pm. Meet at Oswestry Football and Social Club, Gobowen Road. Bring a plate supper and ideas for programme.Christmas flower demonstration by Curigwen Davies. Contact Margaret Jones (01691-656034) or (01691-652075).

SHROPSHIRE-SOUTH

Sat, Nov 28, 7.30pm. Christmas party at Diddlebury village hall, husbands and friends welcome. Cost £8. Contact

Val Humphreys (01584-861214)

SOMERSET-MENDIP

Tue, Dec 8, 12 for 12.30pm. Christmas lunch at Cameley Lodge. Contact Suzanne Bendall (01225-873644) or Dorothy Hardwick (01761-470384).

SUSSEX

Tue, Dec 1, 10.30am. Meet for mulled wine and mince pies, to distribute RABI hampers and have a festive get-together. Contact Mary Passmore (01273-452028).

WILTS AND GLOS

Wed, Dec 2, 12 for 12.30pm. Christmas lunch at Minchinhampton Golf Club. Please bring wrapped gift (value approx £2) Sub will be collected. New members welcome. Contact Yvonne Crew (01453-883282) by Nov 28.

A few of the Hampshire members enjoying the visit to West Dean Gardens.