Busy 2008 for Beer Horticultural Society

PUBLISHED: 15:00 22 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:19 17 June 2010

BEER Horticultural Society had a busy 2008, the chairman said at their annual general meeting last week. Ursula Makepeace noted the hard work which earned the society a Neighbourhood Award, the adverse weather which caused problems for the Flower Show and

BEER Horticultural Society had a busy 2008, the chairman said at their annual general meeting last week.

Ursula Makepeace noted the hard work which earned the society a Neighbourhood Award, the adverse weather which caused problems for the Flower Show and Charm Show and plans for the future.

She said: "The first six months were taken up by clearing up the surroundings of Puffins Playgroup in connection with the Neighbourhood Award Scheme as organised by Britain in Bloom. It involved a fair amount of fund raising in the village."

She thanked all of the volunteers and Michael Pritchard, Managing Director of Pecorama who provided manpower and machinery to cut a boundary hedge as well as Seaton Phoenix who funded the fencing at a cost of £820.

Ursula also gave special thanks to Kathy Boorman, John James and Alan Griddle for helping the society to gain a Silver gilt Certificate by South West in Bloom.

She added: "It would be nice if we could win a Gold Certificate this year, but this would mean looking even more carefully at the Britain in Bloom requirements."

The Flower Show was classed as a "reasonable success" considering the weather conditions and the effect on the Charm Show was "even worse".

Ursula said she would like to see more involvement from the children of Beer and the headteacher of Beer Primary said he will encourage the children to participate more in the future.

Compliments were paid to Audrey Tims who replaced Carolyn Leach as treasurer and John White who will soon be retiring from the committee.

Ursula ended her 2008 assessment by thanking all committee members for their "help and enthusiasm" and said she was looking forward to "the same kind of cooperation in 2009".


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