The occasion of the 25th birthday of Gloucester Garden Club Incorporated was celebrated on Wednesday, June 28 with the gathering together in the Uniting Church Hall of a large number of current members.
These included president of Garden Clubs of Australia George Hoad, representatives from many other Garden Clubs and several invited guests that included Wendy Hughes (our first chairperson), and Jennie Hill (our first secretary in 1992 previously from Upper Bulliac but now from Miles in Queensland).
Sandra Davis and Ann Moylan, two of the original members from 1992 and both of whom are still members, were also in attendance.
President Shirley Hazell and Marilyn Swan, now from Newcastle, were acknowledged as two of the three current life members present at the celebrations.
Interesting and amusing accounts of early activities within the club were given by Wendy Hughes, Annette Brackham (past president of the former Stroud Garden Club), Jennie Hill and Marilyn Swan.
Sandra Davis read the minutes of that first meeting where the club was formed.
Our thanks were extended to retiring committee member Anne Williamson for the design of the new club logo and the making and donation of the new Club banner.
Special thanks were given to Sharyn Blanch for her amusing poem and her imaginative garden themed decorations in the hall and to Carmen Blanch for making the beautiful Country Garden birthday cake.
The full organising committee and all helpers should be congratulated on their efforts which made the day such a success.
Prior to a delicious lunch served by members of the Uniting Church Fellowship Group, George Hoad, as guest speaker, gave another of his most entertaining and interesting presentations, following his recent trip to visit many exquisite gardens in the United Kingdom, Spain and Portugal.
The cutting of the birthday cake followed, served with tea, coffee and slices provided by the members.
The day was certainly a very special milestone in the Garden Club’s history and president Shirley thanked all those who had shared the occasion with us, wishing them good health and happy gardening in the future.