Interest Group News 2019

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Posted on 4th April 2019

Excursions - Visit to Loseley Park,

Watts Gallery & Artists' Village

We've planned a visit to the world famous house near Guildford, Loseley Park. The gardens are some of the finest formal ones to be found anywhere in the world.

In addition we've arranged a visit to the Watts Gallery and the Artists' Village where there are some splendid works to be seen.

To find out more please visit the link below where you will find a fact sheet and a booking form.

Posted on 26 March 2019


From the left (standing): Robert, John B., Richard, John H.

Seated are Grace and Margaret.

Photography Group - Visit To Black Park

Our bunch of fair weather photographers had their first trip of the year to see what they could capture at Black Park.

Apart from the odd few spots of rain it stayed dry. Seven members made the short journey and spent an hour or so seeing what pictures they could take.

Black Park was chosen by our Cathy. She set a simple challenge; to take a picture of a single tree or one that had a reflection in it. We were also allowed to take pictures of anything in the park, just in case there were no trees or reflections to be had. 🙂

We ended with tea and coffee at the cafe before venturing back home.

Some of the pictures taken are now on the website. Follow the link below if you'd like to view them.

Posted on 22 March 2019

Garden Visits Lunch Party

The Group held its first Lunch Party at the Chalfont St Peter Community Centre.

Our guest speaker was Timothy Walker, who talked to us about how to encourage wildlife in the garden.

About Timothy…

He was born and brought up in South Buckinghamshire and at the age of 13 went to school in Abingdon.   From there he read Botany at University College Oxford. In 1995 he was awarded a Master of Horticulture by the Royal Horticultural Society of London. From January 1986 to July 2014 he  worked at the University of Oxford Botanic Garden & Harcourt Arboretum, firstly as General Foreman, then as Horti Praefectus (from 1988) and finally as Director (from 2002). Between 1992 & 2000 the OBGHA won 4 gold, 2 silver-gilt, and one silver medal at the Chelsea Flower Show London. Since 1986 he has been giving lectures to gardening clubs, horticultural societies, WIs, and many other types of group.  He has given more than 1,500 talks in Britain, Ireland, North America, and Australia to more than 100,000 people in audiences ranging from 20 to 350. 

Posted on 17 February 2019

On Friday 15 February the group made a trip to the Baps Swaminarayan Mandir in Neasden.
We have now posted a gallery of the photographs taken during the trip. Click on the link below…

Posted on 10 February 2019

The group are arranging a trip to the BMW Mini Plant at Cowley on Tuesday 19th March.

For more details click the link on the right.

Posted on 10 February 2019

At the beginning of 2019 we started a new group for those who would like to play chess.
The convenor of the group, Tony Micallef, welcomes any member that would like to join and play friendly games.
To find out more click on the link on the right and it will take you to the group's main page.