Our first September event was a talk by Dr Ian Bedford, "The Trouble Without Wasps". I have to say, he didn't convince me that we desperately need them, but they are a lot cleverer than you may realise. They are also incredibly gruesome! There was a lot of interest, with a lively question and answer session after the talk.
We always panic as we are setting up for the Show on the Friday that there won't be many exhibits, but the members and villagers always come up trumps and the Institute ends up looking fantastic. This year was no exception, and after the last eighteen months it was a sight for sore eyes! The judges were so impressed, particularly with the Grown Flowers and the Fruit. There was only one class that had no entries - believe it or not, the "Pot Plant - Any Variety"! And what does every household have? Note for the 2022 Show!
Annie Robinson won several of the trophies, for the Flower Arrangements section, the Handicraft, the Preserves and Cookery, the Grown Flower, the Best Exhibit in the Grown Flower section, and the Bush Boake Allen Cup for the most points across all sections. And she thoroughly deserved them - her exhibits were outstanding, photographs will be available on the Show page in the next few days, so you will be able to see for yourselves. Roger Quince won the Peter Fisk cup for the most points in the Vegetable section, and the cup for the Vegetable and Fruit sections combined, with John Garrett receiving the Jubilee cup for the most points in the Fruit section - but only by one point, Ralph Carpenter and John Kemp were hot on his heels. Paul Woods was awarded the Shield for the best exhibit in the Vegetable and Fruit sections, for his amazing grapes, see the photograph below.
The school produced excellent artwork again, Ralph Collins-Jaffe won the School Shield for their best exhibit with his running runner bean, photograph below.
The Church provided the refreshments, some excellent cakes enjoyed by many!
Our October meeting, on Monday 4th is very topical - all about Climate Change and the Gardener. This is a wide-ranging, illustrated talk that briefly summarises the current science behind climate change forecasts, before delving into the impacts likely to be seen globally, in the UK generally and East Anglia more specifically.
We start at 7.30pm, in the Institute Hall at Hartest. Visitors are always welcome to come along to our meetings, with no pressure to join. Entry is £2 for members, £3 for visitors, which includes refreshments.
If you have any questions about the club, please contact Geraldine, either via email on firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone on 01787 280134.
Annie Robinson collecting the Silver Salver from judge Peter Fisk at the 2019 Show. (One of her six trophies!)
Pat Tebbit and Michelle Worrall in the background.
The two Peter's at the 2016 Show
During the visit to Richmond House in Clare in June, 2016.
Our display in the Church to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday.