DON’T FORGET – The next meeting of Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club will take place on Wednesday 14 October 2015 at The Piggeries, Hall Farm House, The Street, Ashwellthorpe at 7.30 p.m. when the speaker will be Jane Lister of Hoecroft Plants. New members always welcome. Fuller details on the Leisure > Clubs/Groups/Events page
The next meeting of the Club will be held at The Piggeries, Home Farmhouse, 105 The Street, Ashwellthorpe (courtesy of Peter and Viv Barry) on Wednesday 14 October 2015 at 7.30 p.m. when the guest speaker will be Jane Lister of Hoecroft Nurseries. Many of you will know this Nursery and Garden at Severals Grange on the East Dereham to Holt Road (B 1110) and there are already many of its plants in Ashwellthorpe’s gardens I am sure – their specialisms are ornamental grasses and variegated or coloured foliage plants. So it will be a good chance to hear her pass on her extensive knowledge of the care and uses of various plants – and to ask questions on the aftercare of some of her plants you already have.
New members to the Club are always welcome – there is a small annual membership fee – so please contact the Secretary, Debbie de Spon, for more details on 01508 488300
Ashwren Players will shortly begin work on their next Pantomime. Anyone aged 8 to 80 , experienced or not, who is keen to have a go, is welcome to get in touch and have a chat – call Val Keel on 01508 488231
Some of you will know about the Qigong sessions at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall which started about three months ago and have been running on Thursday evenings between 6.00 and 7.00 p.m. . Qigong (pronounced CheeGung) is “an ancient Chinese health care system that integrates physical postures, breathing techniques and focused intention”.
The Qigong classes are taken by Karen Redfern from New Buckenham who has been a practitioner for ten years and she will be holding a workshop, along with Derek Smith, to conduct a Yin Yog and Qigong session at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall on Saturday 8 August between 10.00 a.m. and 12.30 p.m. Karen Redfern’s website is www.karenrdfern.co.uk
The meeting of the Gardening Club which had been pencilled in provisionally for Tuesday 12 May 2015 will NOT now take place.
So, the next important date is the Open Gardens Weekend on SATURDAY 13 AND SUNDAY 14 JUNE 2015. The “passport” tickets will cost £3.50 – valid for both days and for visiting all gardens in the programme – and will be available at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall.
Three members from the Ashwellthorpe Shuffleboard Club, which meets at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall every Wednesday evening throughout the year, took part in the first ever UK- based Shuffleboard tournament against visiting players from Canada and USA at St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich from Wednesday 29 April to Friday 1 May 2015. There were twelve players from Norfolk; nine from the Wymondham club and the three from Ashwellthorpe – Alan Dawson, Gordon and Jennifer Robbie – who won three, two and two matches respectively against their Canadian and US opponents. Two of the Wymondham Club members Roger Garwood and Martin Seaman won through to the last sixteen in the tournament.
The standard of play was amazingly good and the Canadian team included some past and present world champions. We could but look on and admire once our progress had been halted in the tournament, although the three Ashwellthorpe members did very well to win against such competition – the thinking-ahead of strategy and the subtlety of shots is something we shall have to bring to our club-nights! The shuffleoard courts were very different from the ones used in Ashwellthorpe Village Hall, being of a poly-tile construction as opposed to roll-out rubber mats we use. The Norfolk competitors found them very, very fast in comparison, whereas the Americans, in particular, found them very slow compared with the polished concrete (with beads on top) used outdoors in Arizona.
The tournament was well-organised and a pleasure to attend and to meet the North American competitors – many of the Canadians spend the winter months in Florida where Shuffleboard is on the calendar every day; the Americans also mostly play in Florida or in Arizona. Many members of the public wandered in to St Andrew’s Hall to see what Shuffleboard was all about and the tournament was covered by Anglia TV and Mustard TV. Apparently, the Germans are expressing an interest in another UK tournament, perhaps also in Norwich. Ashwellthorpe will have to practise.
Jennifer and Gordon Robbie
Competitor Alan Dawson facing camera; Jennifer Robbie vs. American competitor
Alan Dawson, Gordon and Jennifer Robbie are three members of the Ashwellthorpe Shuffleboard Club who are joining with nine others from the Wymondham group, to play against 40 top Shuffleboarders from Canada and the USA in the Norwich Open Shuffleboard Tournament from Wednesday 29 April to Friday 1 May 2015. This is the first major UK tournament and will be held at St Andrew’s Hall in Norwich between 9.30 a.m. and 4.30 p.m. on those days.
The Ashwellthorpe Shuffleboarders, who started in July 2007, play the sport at Ashwellthorpe Village Hall every Wednesday evening throughout the year(club nights at 8.00 p.m. except for the last Wednesday in each month when a club competition is held 7.30 p.m.). The game is tactically similar to bowls or curling with each player using a cue to propel, alternately, 4 discs down the length of the court which has a triangular scoring zone at its end with the aim of scoring with your own discs but preventing your opponent from scoring. Anyone is welcome to come along to take part in the Ashwellthorpe Shuffleboard Club meetings.
The Open Tournament at St Andrew’s Hall is also open to everyone – FREE ENTRY – to watch the competition, support the local players and have a go yourself. Try it.
Don’t forget the changed date for this month’s Gardening Club Meeting is Monday 13 April 2015 at the usual time and place – 7.30 p.m. prompt start at The Piggeries, Hall Farmhouse, The Street, Ashwellthorpe.
Tim from The Plantsman’s Preference in South Lopham (part of the Norfolk Nursery Network) will be coming to talk to the club about herbaceous perennials. “A look at some of the newer introductions and their place in the garden. Will look at new versions of Cottage Garden Favourites as well as the rare and obscure species not well known , giving ideas on planting combinations and on choosing the right plant for your garden”. The talk will last for one hour and plants will be available too.
2015 subscriptions to the Gardening Club are now due and can be paid at this meeting.
Due to unforeseen circumstances the date of the next meeting of the Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club has had to be changed and is now to be held on MONDAY 13 APRIL at 7.30 P.M. at The Piggeries, Hall Farmhouse, 105 The Street, Ashwellthorpe. Details of the speaker will appear later.
DON’T FORGET – TUESDAY 17 FEBRUARY at 7.30 P.M.
This is the next meeting of the Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club when Simon from Peter Beales Roses will be talking on ‘Climbing and Rambling Roses for Every Situation’. There will be plants available for purchase after the talk.
at THE PIGGERIES, HALL FARM HOUSE, 105 THE STREET, ASHWELLTHORPE