Not content with the vagaries of the Christmas Festival the other thing that has taken up time and energy recently has been the initial preparations for next year’s Open Gardens (Sunday 14th June 2020).
I may have mentioned that I have been (basically) roped-in to taking the lead on this event. I do feel rather on the back-foot with this and it of some concern. There is only one other person who is ‘officially’ involved so I need to encourage some volunteers to join the Committee and, rather importantly, need additional people to agree to actually open their gardens to the [nosy] general public!! To that end, I have designed some posters and flyers and last week, popped into the monthly Winchcombe Gardening Club meeting which takes place in the Methodist Church’s hall which is secreted behind the church itself, but is still therefore in the centre of town.
Well, it was a hive of activity! I spoke to two old boys on the door who were keeping a track of members and visitors, and also taking payment of £1.00 for the evening talk on ‘Pub Signs with a Garden Theme’, and they directed me to the Chairman as they said they would get into trouble if they said I could distribute the flyers without his knowledge (bless!). Anyway, the Chairman was a delightful chap and he has invited me to go to the December meeting (4th) when he will give me five minutes on the agenda to enable me to introduce myself and plea for volunteers, seed-and-plant gardeners and donors, garden openers, tea-and-cake-makers and helpers of any description!! The Chairman then said the rest of the meeting would consist of eating mince-pies and singing carols?!
So – that should be fun!!
Bearing in mind I’m officially middle-aged, I was still the youngest of all the people in the hall by a good 15-to-20 years!!