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Shadwell Horticultural Society: the new season of Horticultural Society meetings starts on Thursday, October 11 with guest speaker Tony Rymer. Tony’s subject is Alpines in the Wild and in Cultivation. These meetings are free to members, non-members are welcome there is a nominal charge of £2 , meetings are held at the Methodist Church, Main Street starting at 8pm, tea and coffee are served during the meeting and there is always an excellent raffle. This is an ideal opportunity to meet with friends, make new friends and have access to expert gardening advice. During the year the society has been lucky to hold their usual events despite the disappointing weather. As with all groups finances are getting tighter but with the generosity of volunteers and people making donations and purchasing goods from the society shop the society has managed to maintain the usual annual programme. The membership secretary Ann Dale is stepping down from her role as she is leaving Shadwell. Ann has given very many years of service to the society and will be greatly missed. The committee and members offer her their best wishes for the future and hope she will visit now and then. Ann Suter has offered to take over the job of membership secretary. Suggested jobs for this time of year from the Horticultural Society are to be aware of frost, cover tender plants with fleece at night and gradually bring them inside. As beds are cleared, weed, fork and feed the soil in preparation for next season. Leave a few inches of stem on dying perennials to help protect the crowns from frost. Compost heaps are quickly filled now so cover directly on top of vegetation with an old compost bag then a heavy carpet to keep in the heat and speed up the process. Forthcoming meetings are November 10, Himalayan Garden, Nepal, China, Tibet with Trevor Nicholson. New members are always welcome.