Important Notice

Dear Members, 

For the reasons set out below; With immediate effect, all Talks will now be held at St Peter’s School, on Chapel Lane, Rossett. The first Talk, on Plants in Greenland and a Walk in the Arctic, at St Peter’s will be on Wednesday 30th April at 7.30pm.  The Talk on the History of the Potato, which was cancelled on 26th March, is now taking place at St Peter’s on Wednesday 21st May 2014 (The 28th May is not available at short notice due to School holidays).

The proposed trip to Chester Zoo on 28th May will not now take place. We were not able to secure corporate entry rates and the visit would have included a tour of the Zoo rather than the gardens.

This year started with all good intentions and the first talk of the year, by Mrs Jan Lomas from Eaton Hall, was particularly well attended by Members.

This in itself has given rise to a problem and I must apologise to all who attended the talk by Derek Jones in March as they found the room at Darland Sports Hall was already occupied by a Duke of Edinburgh Award Class.

Enquiries with Darland Sports Centre revealed that, despite having confirmed our bookings in January, they now realize they have double booked the room. They confirm the room is now booked to the Duke of Edinburgh Award Class for every Monday and Wednesday evening until October 2014. They have no other room to offer and the best they could come up with was a single meeting in the temporary canteen at the back of the School. 

A further problem arose when we were discussing the numbers attending the Meetings. The room we were using is limited to 30 persons. The attendance for Mrs Lomas was in excess of this and the aborted meeting on 26th was close to the maximum.

Fortunately, having been forced to relocate for the AGM last year, we have been able to approach St Peter’s School and the Head Teacher has agreed we can use their facilities for the forseeable future.

Once again; Apologies to all, but I am sure we will find our New Home more welcoming and less troublesome.

As you are aware, the June Show is advertised primarily as a Plant Sale and Show, with the emphasis on selling plants to obtain funds to help with the production of the Main event in August. We would appreciate it if any Member with surplus stock could bring it down to the Rossett Village Hall between 12noon and 1pm on the day of the Show, Saturday, 14th June 2014.

Assuring you of our continuing efforts to make this an enduring and thriving Society.

In an effort to provide variety and interest to Members, our programme for 2014 includes a proposed trip to a local garden. I have made enquiries at the below garden.

The Dorothy Clive Gardens (Willoughbridge, Market Drayton)

Delightfully woven into the magnificent tapestry of the Shropshire, Staffordshire and Cheshire borders, today explore a garden which includes a laburnum tunnel, alpine scree with pool, rose walk, edible woodland, seasonal borders and rhododendron filled woodland with waterfall. The garden is both formal and informal hosting a network of paths that invite the visitor to explore and discover the intimacy and tranquillity of the garden. Relax in the tearoom with terrace lawn hosting spectacular views.

The cost of group admission during the day is £6 per person, but they also provide an evening visit for £7. These prices do not include refreshments and the tour of the gardens takes about 3 hours. Tea and biscuits can be provided for £3 per head if ordered at time of booking..

The gardens close at 5.30pm for a day trip but, by appointment, stay open until 8.30pm. This would mean having to arrive about 5.30pm and so having to leave Rossett 4 – 4.30pm.

In addition, there would be a cost of about £250 to hire a coach.

I have provisionally pencilled in a Wednesday on either 16th July or 30th July, with the option of an evening visit.

Please indicate either by e mail to, text to 07906 487957 or phone call to Bob Bates on 01244 571338,  stating your preferences.

  • Which date would you prefer: 16th or 30th July 2014?
  • Daytime or evening?
  • Tea and biscuits required?

 REPLIES REQUIRED BY 30TH APRIL to allow time to assess viability of event and to make the bookings. Please Note - We may not be able to cater for all preferences and may have to cater for the majority in view of the numbers required to make the trip viable.

Bob Bates – General Secretary