Programme for 2018 is now being prepared.
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CHS Review 2017
March We began the year with a social evening of Skittles and Pizza at The Bull, Shermanbury. A full house of 24 players knocked those skittles over.
April Our advertised speaker Bob Jubb was unavailable, but we were lucky in getting Mark Saunders, Head Gardener at Fittleworth House to give a talk on Garden Photography. His excellent talk and photographs encouraged some of us to visit Fittleworth that weekend as many gardens opened for the NGS.
April also saw the launch of our first ever Family Scarecrow Competition in Cowfold. With 11 families entering this fun event, scarecrows appeared in many areas of the village. The winner was awarded a child’s fork and spade set. Just right for use on the allotment home of the winning entry, Maisie the Mouse and fork and trowel handsets were given for second and third places. Packets of sunflower seeds were given to all who entered.
May We held a very busy and successful Plant Sale in early May. The Village Hall once more packed with plants from local nurseries at affordable prices. Not only did this raise much needed funds towards the CHS Summer Show in July, we also signed up new members.
There was a good turnout for Pete the Pond, our guest speaker in May giving a talk on the importance of wildlife ponds. Pete is Pond Warden for the pond in Acorn Avenue, which is a clay lined pond – and as such, must dry out during the summer.
It is the home pond of toads, frogs, 3 types of dragon flies, beetles and lots more. It is also home to about 100 Great Crested Newts. Acorn Avenue having been built before the regulations on disturbing them came into force.
June Michael Blencowe of Sussex Wildlife Trust on Bats and Moths, proved to be a veritable Pied Piper to the children and adults who attended our meeting in St. Peter’s Church and grounds in June. After an informative talk, Michael produced a very large moth that he had found that morning. Bat detectors were given to the children which picked up the various echo location clicks emitted by the elusive bats as they flitted overhead around the churchyard, sounding out the moths that are part of their food supply. Some moths were attracted down to a very bright moth trap lamp and the children were very good at identifying the various types.
July Cowfold Horticultural Society Summer Show on 1st of July was well attended by visitors to Cowfold Festival. Exhibits although down in number, in some classes from previous years, made up for this by their quality.
After the prizegiving it was announced to those present that after 22 years our Show Secretary, Lesley Etherton, was standing down. It was time for someone else in our Community to step forward and take on this very special task.
Our outgoing Show Secretary is very willing to give advice as to what is done.
You need to be organised and with computer skills, not necessarily horticultural knowledge, but a definite determination to keep the Summer Show going.
As ever we thank all those involved in helping to put the Summer Show together.
To Lesley, the Committee and CHS members who helped before, during and after the big day. Hayters, Scotts, Farm Supplies Dorking and Bolney Wine Estate for their sponsorship of the Marquee. Also to our President, Peter Crane, for his generous contribution to CHS funds, now in our deposit account.
At the end of July, the Committee were out and about in Cowfold shortlisting gardens for Cowfold in Bloom. Peter and Pat Fairhall were our judges. It was lovely to see people taking pride in their immediate environment and giving pleasure to passers-by. The overall best garden seen was the Community Garden at Godmans Court. George and Jill Moore who delight in looking after it are both in their eighties.
August In early August Jerry and Elaine hosted our annual members BBQ. We were lucky to dodge the rain and a very enjoyable evening was had by all. It was good to be able to meet and spend time with some of our newer members.
September A Sunday afternoon spent in the gardens of Parsonage Farm in Kirdford. Open for the NGS, tea and cake completed an enjoyable visit.
Our September speaker John Baker and his wife June Colley brought her collection of rare and expensive essential oils, for us to inhale and sometimes recognise. Complex mixtures, top notes, middle signature notes, and base notes that linger and are blended into perfumes that can alter mood and invoke memory of place, event or person. A memorable evening for us.
October In early October Pete the Pond came back to Cowfold to take part in the Clean-up Cowfold Day arranged by the Parish Council. Working his magic once more on the Pond in Acorn Avenue. He pointed out areas to be rejuvenated while enthusing on rare examples of plants and wildlife.
Unfortunately, Jim Buttress was not able to keep his engagement with us. At short notice Lesley Chamberlain stepped into the breach with her new talk on Women and their Roses.
CHS entered two teams into the fund-raising quiz night of the Royal British Legion, one team coming second. Well done to them.
We are now planning the 2018 Programme, beginning in March with a Pizza and Skittles social evening at The Bull.
The hanging baskets and tubs on the Green were in good colour from June to the end of September, watered and fed by Roger Hawke, Geoff Penhaligon and Brian Tucker. The tubs have now been replanted with wallflowers and trailing violas which are frost and snow resistant apparently, for overwinter colour. Daffodils are already pushing their way through the soil.
The large planters outside the Co-op which we have been asked to plant up, have filled out in a challenging, open, dry, windy, polluted position. They are subject to rubbish dropping, cigarette butts stubbing and the occasional knock from passing traffic. Despite all this they provide protection to pedestrians and some colour.
We have continued to honour the memories of Cowfolds fallen of WW1 with the planting of Forget-me -nots and sowing Flanders Poppy seeds for:
HARRY KENSETT Private 3rd Royal West Kent regiment, who died of illness 19th February 1917, while training in England, age 28. His two year old daughter Dora died two days later on 21st February. They were buried together in St.Peters churchyard.
ROBERT EGERTON LODER Captain 4th Royal Sussex Regiment. Died of wounds 29th March 1917 following the Battle of Gaza, age 30.
EDWARD WILLIAM HERMON Lt Colonel Commanding 24th Northumberland Fusiliers, killed in action 9th April 1917, first day of the Battle of Arras, age 38.
DOUGLAS COLLETT SYKES MC Lieutenant 11th Border Regiment. Died of wounds 26th July 1917 while serving with his battalion in Belgium, age 26.
And on this coming Friday afternoon I will be joined by children from St. Peters School as we remember
EDWARD HENRY PACKHAM Private 19th Middlesex Regiment who died from illness 2nd December while serving in Italy, age 32.
If anyone would like to join us, please let me know.
In 1918 there were 5 more deaths, two in April and three in August.
Bringing the final total to twenty three.
Thanks go to Karen Macauley of CVHS for her diligent research.