Our July 7th meeting sees Keith Barber visiting us to entertain us with an Evening of Nostalgia from the 40's, 50's and 60's.
Admission £1 for members, £2 for non-members/guests, doors open from 7.20pm at the Church House Hall, by the main lights in the centre of Ilkley.
More details on the Ilkley Gardeners' Association, hints and tips, our members only Stores Sheds at Leeds Road Allotments (Open Sunday morning for the rest of June) where substantial discounts can be found on fertilizers, composts and barks from 10am to noon each Sunday we open.
Membership may still be renewed for 2016, just £10 per garden/family.
The meeting starts off with tea and biscuit before the talk which concludes around 9.15-9.30pm.
Our June 2nd meeting took place on a beautiful summer's evening in the Ilkley Parish Church House Hall in the centre of Ilkley where some 25 members and guests where entertained by Michael and Alison Mitchell who own Slack Top Nursery in Hebden Bridge.
Michael set up Slack Top Alpine Nursery on leaving Askham Bryan Horticultural College in 1986 and now has nearly 30 years’ experience in the propagation and cultivation of alpine and woodland plants. Michael has taught alpine courses for the Royal Horticultural Society at their garden in Harrogate for several years and continues to speak widely to gardening groups.
He and his wife Allison run their specialist nursery and alpine garden at 925ft (282m) on a north-facing slope in the Yorkshire Pennines, near Hebden Bridge. The couple started exhibiting their alpine plants at several of the major UK Flower Shows in 2006 and have since won nine Gold Medals.
They also brought a supply of high quality alpine plants with them and many people took advantage to stock up. Our Stores Sheds are open each Sunday morning in June between 10am and noon at the bottom of the track at Leeds Road Allotments, by the Riverside Business Park after which they will re-open in March 2017.
Our next Monthly meeting is on July 7th, doors open at 7.30pm for tea or coffee and biscuits and we look forward to an evening of Nostalgia with Keith Barber.
Last year we opened our Stores Sheds to members of local gardener's groups of both Burley and Menston. This allowed members of these groups, upon production of their groups' membership card to avail themselves to our Stores sheds and to take advantage of the discounted prices.
Whilst this continues this year, we are delighted to have been able to offer the same service to members of Otley based Wharfedale Gardeners. Just come on down to our Stores Sheds on Leeds Road allotments as you come into Ilkley (just past both Kwikfit and the grey & glass building on the right as you approach Ashlands School any Sunday between 10 am and noon until the end of June 2016, where you will be made most welcome.
Following a questionnaire distributed at our September 2015 meeting, the members present voted overwhelmingly to make the following changes to the Stores Openings in the future.
Rather than continue to open later in the year where the changes to the seasons seem to be more apparent, ie: wetter, colder and no one comes when we open, in future the stores will be open each Sunday morning, 10am-noon from March to the end of June. As most people seem have got their composts and feeds by then, we will no longer be opening July-November.
Following a vote taken at our September 2015 meeting, where the Association Mystery Fuchsia was judged by John Foley of Holden Clough Nursery and regular stalwart of the Association Margaret Metcalfe won, again, It was decided that in future years, the Fuchsia judging would take place at our August Meetings.
Several reasons where put forward at the August meeting for the change including September was a busy month anyway with a raffle PLUS the Fuchsia Judging, time was often tight, people where away during August so the plants suffered as there was no one available to water the plants and shade if necessary and the most compelling reasons of all, with the apparent changes of the season, the plants were at their best in early August anyway.
This years' Association Mystery Fuchsia was Angie.
The Stores Sheds will be open from 10am to noon on the following Sundays during 2016, weather permitting:-
|March 6, 13, 20, 27|
|April 3,10, 17, 24|
|May 1, 8, 15, 22, 29|
|June 5, 12, 19, 26|
No cash or valuables are left in the sheds.
NIDDFEST ANNOUNCES 2016 LINE UP
Carol Ann Duffy, Christine Walkden, Tony Juniper, Brambly Hedge and Kathryn Williams to headline at the third NiddFest literary festival.
- A family-friendly festival celebrating nature in writing, featuring some of the UK’s best writers whose books are linked to nature.
- At venues across the glorious landscape of Upper Nidderdale, in the Yorkshire Dales – from remote churches, a barn café in a hilltop sheep farm, a riverside children’s tent and the festival hall in the market town of Pateley Bridge.
· Talks linked to outdoor events in the dale. Den building, wild swimming, stargazing, bird and wood walks and much more.
· Return of NiddFest schools’ poetry competition, which drew 500 entries region-wide in 2015.
· NiddFest’s goal is to inspire a greater love of nature and books in audiences young and old.
· Following a successful festival in 2015, with audiences local and national, at 65% capacity.
· 30 mins from Harrogate, with rail links to mainline stations of York and Leeds.
· NiddFest’s patron is the UK poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
Sad to say that Bradford Council have decided that in the face of Government Cuts regardless of how much money Bradford takes out of Ilkley in the rates and how litle seems to return to Ilkley in services, they have decided to charge for emptying of the brown Garden Waste bins throughout the Bradford District.
The annual charge as from June 2016 is going to be £35 per annum, payable in advance and no refund if you forget to put your bin out on one of the 11 collection dates during June 2016 to May 2017. If you wish to continue having your brown bins emptied after 31st May 2016, you need to pay your fee and get a licence sticker for your bin. No sticker, no collection!
The only bit of good news is that if you pay this extra fee before May 15th 2016, there is a 20% early bird offer which brings the fee down to £28. The option to purchase a licence comes into effect as from 1st April 2016.
The 2016 IGA Membership and Meetings Schedule card is now available and Membership can be renewed as from the October 1st Meeting and indeed the Stores Sheds from March 2016 or download the Renewal Form and send it in.
Membership is now £10 for the year, only one membership is required per garden, not per individual.
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Our June 2nd meeting sees Michael Mitchell visiting us from Slack Top Alpine Nurseries at Hebden Bridge and brings over ...
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NIDDFEST ANNOUNCES 2016 LINE UP Carol Ann Duffy, Christine Walkden, Tony Juniper, Brambly Hedge and Kathryn Wil...
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