23 people attended the February meeting of the Gardening Club where the speaker, John Effemy, a local expert on fruit trees, gave a talk on pruning and also answered many questions on trees and plants. Thanks go to him and to Peter and Viv Barry for holding the meeting in The Piggeries, and for providing refreshments.  John Effemy said that pruning was a “hands on” thing and, to this end, he will come to Ashwellthorpe on Saturday 1 and Saturday 8 March 2014 to go along to gardens to demonstrate and teach you the art of pruning your trees/shrubs. He will be at the Church Car Park from 9.30 a.m. but please let Debbie deSpon know in advance if you are interested in taking part so numbers can be gauged – [email protected] If there is awful weather, it will be rescheduled.

Nick deSpon collected the annual subscription of £12  from each of the 23 people present and a bank account will be opened with the keeping of proper accounts – there will be sufficient funding for a speaker at the April meeting followed by more outdoor activities during the summer months. Names of possible speakers at future meetings are being gathered together by various members and there will be a bluebell walk in Ashwellthorpe Wood when the season arrives.

The next meeting of the Ashwellthorpe Gardening Club will be on Thursday 10 April at The Piggeries from 7.30 p.m. The Piggeries are located close to All Saints Church; turn into the drive immediately adjacent to Ashwellthorpe Village Sign, and drive past Home Farm down to The Piggeries.

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