Child Okeford Gardeners’ Club

Child Okeford Gardeners’ Club

Our aim is to have informative, inspirational and friendly meetings. The meetings are usually held in the Village Hall unless otherwise stated and are on the 1st Wednesday in the month at 7.30pm.

Members are asked to bring anything from their garden to these meetings which they might to like share, ie: Flowers, Vegetables, Flowering Shrubs, OR problems which they may have encountered.

Our activities include Lectures and social evenings, in summer and at Christmas, which are a very popular and well supported. The highlight of the new year is undoubtedly the Gardening Club dinner in January where excellent food and convivial company together with great entertainment make for a splendid evening out.

Each Spring we have an informal show where members are asked to judge the exhibits and every August there is the  Annual Village show which is open to all.

All evenings include refreshments for a small charge.

The annual subscription is £8.00. Visitors are always welcome paying £3.00 each evening.

Contact Ann Pearce on 01258 861125 or email for more information.

July Report

Although attention this month will focus upon the Annual Village Show in August, mention must first be made of recent events.

The visit to Forde Abbey on Wednesday June 20th has been well received with the gardens, house and plant centre thoroughly explored. The fountain in the grounds was watched by many; you just had to check the wind direction to select your viewing spot before trying to estimate the height of the waterspout.

At Hey Day on Saturday June 23rd the Club stall was well stocked and well visited. A donation from takings has been made to the Hey Day committee for their charity CORGI. Many thanks go to all who organised the stall and the many who donated the superb assortment of plants.

Jenny Scorgi invited members to her garden for the Summer Social on Wednesday July 4th resulting in an enjoyable evening in perfect weather with a superb view across the garden and fields beyond. Many thanks go to all who attended and contributed finger food for the buffet, the organising group and, of course, to Jenny for the invitation.

Next Event

Saturday 11th August at the Village Hall 2:30pm – 4:30pm.

The Annual Village Show

Entry is open to both members and non-members. First time entrants will enjoy free entry to all classes. Any report you may hear that only members may enter is totally mistaken.

Many of the classes are firm favourites but there are new classes ( details below) Show Schedules are available from Cross Stores and The Bakers’ Arms, The Saxon Inn and the Pilgrim Fryer (when you pick up your supper on Thursday 3rd August) and should answer any queries that may arise. You may also contact Roger Hull (01258 863418) or myself if you wish to speak to someone.

Class F – `Made by You’

This will be an `Arts & Crafts’ class which will allow exhibits not covered by any other class using any medium or material; maximum size 15ins x15ins. This will only be open to amateur exhibitors for items not previously exhibited or sold. Exhibits must have been completed by the entrant.


This year exhibitors may enter two exhibits in this class but the second exhibit must be in a different medium or material. (size as above)

Children’s Entries

Children’s entries will be particularly welcome in all classes. The Kath Foot Cup is awarded to the Under 16 entrant gaining most points across the Show. All Under 12 entrants will receive a certificate to celebrate their participation.

Photographic Section

New for this year the Photographic Section, as advertsed in previous copies of this magazine, includes a Video Class. The subject is of your choice but must not be longer than 1 minute. It should be entered on either a memory stick or memory card in mp4 format. You should bring it to Registration and leave it to be downloaded onto a computer. The card or stick will, of course, be returned on Show Day.


Registration will take place at Laurel Farm, Station Road on Thursday August 9th between 6:00pm and 8:00pm. Remember to keep a copy of your list of entries and class numbers. Photographs mounted as per schedule should also be brought to registration so they can be displayed for the Show.

On the Saturday morning, bring your exhibits to the Village Hall between 9:30am and 10:45am and place each behind its entry card which will be on a table with the class number. Lots of help will be available!

Station Road and Hayward Lane Closure

Registration will take place at Laurel Farm, Station Road  on August 9th,  just be aware Station Road may or may not be closed to vehicular traffic depending on the progress of the work being undertaken by Wessex Water.

Future Events

Wednesday 5th September in the Village Hall at 7:30pm

David Usher will talk on

‘Care and Management of Trees and Shrubs’ with plants for sale.

As we always say ` All are welcome’ and we hope to see you at our events.

May all grow well in your garden.

Keith Leighton (Vice Chair) ph 01258 861462


Updated 13/07/2018






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