The July Gloucester Garden Club meeting on the 26th took the form of a Soup and Damper Day in the Uniting Church Hall with the special guest being Suzanne Landers from “Airlie” at Rawdon Vale.
The club had raised $1,500 over the last few months, mainly from the sale of plants, donated garden equipment, the auctioning of some old stockyard gates and a Monster Plant Stall at A Day for Derek fundraiser on Saturday, July 1; an event supporting the CureBrainCancer Foundation’s research program.
Suzanne, in accepting the cheque, gave her sincere thanks to our Garden Club and to all the people of Gloucester and Dungog for their wonderful support.
President Shirley Hazell also thanked members for their ongoing help in maintaining the garden at Narraweema Nursing Home, which has been a regular monthly activity for six years now.
Recently a cheque for $500 was presented to the Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service, another generous donation which was much appreciated.
Despite the continuing cold and dry conditions, some excellent entries were received in the monthly Cut Flower and Fruit/Vegetable competitions.
Winners were: Flowers, Judy Liuzzo first Mr Lincoln rose; equal second Peter Hazell, cymbidium orchid and Frank Beggs carnation; vegies, Lemons shown by Sharyn Blanch first, second Peter Hazell broccoli, and third Bruce Myers orange.
Raffle winners: Sharyn Blanch, Judy Holstein, Margaret Blamires, Jessie Burley and Helen Thomson. Frank Beggs won the lucky door prize and Dot Harris, absent on the day, missed out on the $20 members draw.
On August 12 from 9.30am in the Anglican Hall, the NSW Floral Art Association will be holding their meeting with demonstrations by Angela Lewis from the Atherton Tablelands in North Queensland. Our Garden Club members are invited to join with the local Floral Art group for this special occasion.
The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 23 at Helen Evans’s home at Forbesdale.
New members and visitors are always most welcome. With 95 members in the club now, we look forward to welcoming our 100th member in the not too distant future.