South Holland Growers Club
Online information for growers
The 2021 Four Oaks trade show has been cancelled due to the continuing pandemic.
The committee held a meeting on June 14th in the chairman's glasshouse, where social distancing was possible. It was agreed that summer visits were still impractical, and that prospects for a winter season of talks were virtually non existant. A further committee meeting was pencilled in for September.
Happy New Year to all our members. No chance for the club to make any plans yet, as we are in Tier 4, and the pandemic shows no sighn of abating. All we can do is keep waiting and keep safe.
The SHGC committee held a socially distanced meeting on August 24th to formally agree that members subscriptions due on September 1st would be waived, and that existing memberships would be extended for one year. Although there are currently no plans for meetings during the 2020 - 2021 winter season, it is hoped that it may be possible to resume summer visits and events in 2021.
The Growers Club website has now been re-hosted on a secure server in accordance with current best practice. The URL is now https://www.growersclub.org.uk although the old URL will still work.
The Zoom virtual committee meeting trial has been discontinued due to lack of interest and a change in the Zoom operating policy which makes it less convenient.
The proposed visit to Tim Wayman's arboretum has been postponed until 2021
The committee are planning to hold virtual committee meetings using Zoom. This should enable to club to operate normally even under a protracted lockdown.
Committee meetings have been suspended due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
The meeting scheduled for Monday 9th March has had to be cancelled due the speaker being unable to attend.
Members are reminded that the Spalding Gentlemen's Society lecture on Friday is "Plant Breeding - A Vital Technology" by Dr Richard Tudor, Plant Breeding Manager at Elsoms Seeds.
The meeting scheduled for February 10th has been cancelled as the speaker is unable to attend.
The date for the January meeting has been changed to the 20th.
The visit to Garford Farm Machinery has been cancelled due to lack of interest.
Members are reminded that the Spalding Gentlemen's Society programme of fortnightly lectures starts on Friday 13 September. The lectures are held at the Spalding Grammar School, starting at 7.30 pm. See link for details.
Full details of the visit to Garford Farm Machinery Ltd are now available here.
Please note that the venue for the post Town Walk buffet has been changed to the Lincolnshire Poacher.
More events of interest to members added to the Diary page.
The programme for the National Cut Flower Centre Open Day is now on their website, including the all-important hog roast at 19.40 hrs.
The visit to Garfords Farm Machinery has been rescheduled for later in the season when there will be more to see.
The Diary page is filling up with events of interest to members. Remember to keep an eye on it.
Members of the SHGC will be interested in the following news article
See the Visits page to see the updated summer 2019 programmme.
The Spalding Gentlemen's Society public lecture programme for 2019/2020 includes one of particular interest to our members. On 28th February 2020, Dr Richard Tudor, Plant Breeding Manager at Elsoms Seeds, will give a talk entitled Plant Breeding - a Vital Technology
The 2018/2019 winter program was rounded off last night with a very interesting and well attended talk by Richard Hindley on the impact of Brexit on plant health legislation. Many thanks Richard for such a clear presentaion of the likely effects of the different outcomes.
The committee is busy planning a series of summer visits and winter talks for the coming seasons. Keep checking the website for updates.
We now have Full Details of the Peterborough Town Walk.
The Town Walk this year will be the "Crime & Punishment" walk in Peterborough on August 24th.
The National Cut Flower Centre will hold their open day and hog roast on Wednesday 9th August. Please note that the details on the events page on their website are for the 2016 event. The correct details are here
Bridge Greenhouses Northern Office has moved to Hull. New contact details are on the Sponsors page.
The committee have decided that the winter 2017/18 season of talks will be held at The Jolly Farmer in Moulton Chapel, subject to confirmation of the arrangements. The pub has a suitable back room for the meetings and a good bar, so meets the essential requirements of the club.
The proposed visit to Neame Lea Nursery is confirmed for 10.30 a.m. Saturday 8th April.
Details of some of the planned Spring and Summer Visits are now avilable.
On the 6th April new Main Residence Nil Rate Band rules are being introduced which will affect Inheritance Tax. Darren Wakefield will cover this topic instead of Pensions Freedom originally planned in his talk on March 13th.
An excellent talk last night on 'Grants for Farmers and Growers' by Robin Turney. The service we recived the Whaplode Manor Hotel, however, was not of an acceptable standard. Consequently, the next meeting on March 13th will be held at the Moulton Mill at the usual time of 7.30 p.m.
The Links page now has a link to the Environment Agency flood warning page.
The Growers Club enjoyed an excellent talk on internet security from Phil Callow who also answered numerous questions from the members.
Happy New Year everyone
Don't forget our next meeting on Monday, January 9th. We all use the internet more and more for business, and staying secure is vital. Phil Callow will be giving a talk on how to stay protected, and will answer questions afterwards. Too important to miss!
At the AGM held on Monday 12th December 2016, Don Wilson retired as Chairman, and Mark Rowland was elected in his place.
Details of the programme of winter meetings have now been added to the website. Please note that the November meeting will be held at the Springfields Conference Centre, and the December AGM at Moulton Mill.
The SHGC winter programme will be held at the Whaplode Manor Hotel as in previous years. It is intended, however, to hold the AGM in Moulton Mill.
The SHGC enjoyed an excellent guided tour of Bourne yesterday evening, culminating in a tour of the Baldock's Mill Heritage Centre. An evening full of interest and much enjoyed by all who attended.
The meeting scheduled for November 14th will feature the NFU President, Meurig Raymond. This meeting will be hosted by the NFU and will be held in the Springfields Conference Centre to cater for the anticipated attendance. Further details to follow.
The Whaplode Manor Hotel will be under new ownership from October, so this offers the society another option for hosting the meetings for the coming sason.
Photos from the 2016 Flying Evening are now available on the SHGC Flickr account.
The owners of the Whaplode Manor Hotel are retiring at the end of this year and the hotel will close on the 4th December. The SHGC committee have been considering the options for a new meeting place and favour Moulton Mill. This will offer a suitable room for meetings, accessible by lift, plenty of parking in the imediate vicinity, and an excellent watering hole just across the road. Negotiations are currently under way.
Details of the visit to Jack Buck Farms have now been added. Prompt booking is advised as numbers are limited.
Details of the spring and summer visits have been updated. The proposed visit to Neame Lea has been postponed until 2017.
The details for the visit to Wiggenhall St Germans Pumping Station can be found here. Early booking essential.
The Visits page has been updated to include several confirmed and provisional visits for the coming months.
The committee are considering sponsoring a debate on the pros and cons of the potential Brexit in relation to the agricultural sector.
Full details of the 2016 Flying Evening are now on the website. Pre-booking and payment required.
Full details of the 2016 guided town walk are now available. Please make a note in your diary as it promises to be a very interesting evening.
The SHGC AGM was held on the 14th December at the Whaplode Manor Hotel. The existing officers and committee were all re-elected unoposed. After an illustrated talk on "Wild Animals of the Wild West" by Alan Knight, members enjoyed an excellent finger buffet and the chance to chat and socialise.
Member has modern glassnouse available for rent. For details see Buy & Sell page.
Photos of the chilli trial visit are now on Flickr
Visitors to the chilli trial will find better car parking at the house than on the holding.
Monday 6:30 for those who have forgotten
Slight refreshments will be served.
Chilli trial visit details confirmed
The Flying Evening scheduled for July 21st has been cancelled due to lack of interest.
Member has Wanjet F30 Mister for sale. See "Buy & Sell" page
A dozen menbers paid a very interesting and enjoyable visit to the John Innes Centre on Saturday. A selection of photos from the visit can be viewed on the club's Flickr account.
Details of 2015 Flying Night are now available here
Growers visit to the John Innes Centre arranged for 2.00 p.m. Saturday 25th April. Details to follow.
A replacement meeting for the 5th January has now been arranged. Peter Bingham of Kingfisher Nurseries has kindly agreed to step in at short notice with a talk on improving nursery performance, a subject that could benefit us all.
The meeting on the 5th January has had to be changed due to the non-availability of the speaker. If a replacement speaker cannot be found in time, there will be a forum. Watch this space.
The Growers Club now has its own Flickr account. It is called "South Holland Growers" and will feature photos of the club's visits and social events. Click on the link to view.
Revised details of winter meetings.
Details of early winter meetings added.
A club member has a quantity of field sprinklers foe sale. See the 'Buy & Sell' page.
A flying evening has been booked for the 22nd July. Further details on the Visits page.
Buy & Sell page updated
Guy Poskitt has been secured as the speaker for the meeting on 18th November
Details of the meeting on 18th November subject to change due to non-availability of speaker. The revised talk is likely to be of a similar nature to the original.
Full details of more of the winter meetings have now been added.
Bell Brothers have cancelled the visit scheduled for 30th November
On Wednesday 11th September there will be an HDC Lily Event at Winchester Growers. Starts 5.00 p.m., ends about 7.30 p.m.
Random Image Generator updated.
Details of visit to Staples Biodigester and Packhouse added.
Details of Folkingham town visit are now on the Visits page
Time is running out to book your place for the tour and BBQ at Nick Watts Farm. Seems too good to miss with the weather so settled.
The 2013/2014 winter program is taking shape and some provisional details have been listed on the appropriate page. Talks which have not yet been allocated a firm date are not listed.
The website now has a page with details of courses & events held by the Spalding Horticultural Training Group.
Proposed topics for the 2013/2014 winter season include the application of robotics in horticulture, biological control of plant diseases, and alternative energy sources. Details will follow as they become available.
The meeting dates for the 2013/2014 winter season will run from the 21st October to the 3rd March.
The committee have made good progress in creating an interesting and varied program for the 2013/2014 winter season, but suggestions for subjects are still welcome. Members can pass their ideas on to any member of the committee.
At the SHGC AGM, the existing officers and committee were re-elected unopposed, with the exception of Brian Taylor who wished to retire. The new webmaster, Mark Rowland, was elected to the committee in his place. After the official business was completed, a good turnout of members enjoyed an illustrated talk on her travels in South East Asia by Rebecca Schofield.
Links for some 2013 shows are on the Diary page
Details of more meetings added.
Further detsils of the first two meetings of the winter season added.
Google Analytics have now been installed on the website to track visitor numbers and useage.
The flying night at Fenland airfield was very successful with 24 flights, 27 meals and 5 children. A similar event is likely to be held next year.
Details of the winter programme of meetings have been updated, with the dates of two meetings changed.
The Flying Night has been moved to Thursday 2nd August due to the weather. Late bookings are still possible.
The booking period for the Flying Night has been extended - see details on the "Visits" page.
Details of the popular Flying Night, including the menus, are now on the website. Bookings and payments to Mike Farmer by the 24th, please.
For those who have misplaced their copy, the July 2012 newsletter is now available to download.
The website has been moved to a new server and is now fully functional (E&OE). Suggestions for improvements are welcome.
The site was created using Open Source Software - Bluefish HTML editor and FileZilla FTP client, on a computer running Linux Mint.
The SHGC website is now operated by a new webmaster, and is currently being revamped.