CLENT GARDENING CLUB: The Annual General Meeting of the club was held in January. The chairman welcomed members to the meeting and received apologies.

The chairman reported on another successful year for the club with members having enjoyed a variety of interesting speakers at the monthly meetings. The annual joint meeting with Belbroughton Horticultural Society was once again a successful Gardener’s Question Time which produced a lively audience participation.

The club had enjoyed two splendid evening outings and a summer day trip to the magnificent RHS gardens at Wisley.

Membership remained steady and although the club lost two members to the great garden in the sky during the year membership had increased overall by one which was encouraging. The chairman thanked all members for supporting the club and in particular the honorary treasurer, honorary secretary and committee members for the efforts and support during the year.

The chairman then made a small presentation to the retiring honorary secretary Ann Hunt as a mark of the club’s appreciation of her efforts during her period of office.

The honorary treasurer presented another healthy set of accounts which, although showing a small loss on the year, indicated that the club remained in a strong financial position.

Martin Grange was then re-elected chairman with Peter Orme re-elected as honorary treasurer. Sue Mitchell was elected to replace Ann Hunt as honorary secretary and the remaining committee members were re-elected.

Following any other business the chairman reminded members that the first meeting of the new year would be haled on Friday 24 February when Linda Eggins will be entertaining us with a talk entitled “Old plants, new plants – who cares?”.

The meeting closed following which members enjoyed a glass of wine and a few “nibbles” to welcome the new gardening year.

All are welcome at the meetings which are held at Clent Village Hall on the fourth Friday each month and anyone interested in either joining or just visiting the club can get further details by visiting or by contacting chairman Martin Grange 01562 883009/07917 184762.