South Midlands Area Chairman's 2016 Spring message

Well this is a first for me!!

When I learnt that part of my duties as Area Chairman was to produce a letter for the Pot Pourri Magazine I immediately thought "what on earth will I be able to put down on paper?"

Well here goes.

I took over my post at the AGM in November and for those of you who were able to join us it proved to be a very enjoyable day although I must admit to experiencing a few nerves when I stood up to address everyone.

I looked around the room and saw a number of previous Chairmen were in the audience - no pressure!! However, I remembered advice I had received so Head Up, Chest Out and look Confident!!

I think it worked.

Suddenly Christmas arrived and we were all caught up in the whirl of Open Evening Demonstrations, Christmas Parties and preparation of Sprouts. It proved to be a quiet time in the world of Flowers and I was therefore able to ease myself into my role without too much trouble.

The Christmas Fairy was put back in her box for another year and January arrived. Time for me to turn my attention Area Matters. I chaired my first Council Meeting at Dunchurch and that seemed to go well. I then attended the two day Meeting held annually at Area Headquarters. Another first!

However, it proved to be less daunting than I anticipated and I found the visit very enlightening . The other Area Chairmen made me very welcome so I did not feel too much like a "New Girl".

We have a number of events to look forward to this Year including our participation in the Malvern Show and also Members Day which is being held at Moor Hall on Friday 20th May. This promises to be a day full of fun and friendship

I look forward to seeing you there. The Lonely Bouquet Day is planned for Friday 6th May and Club officer’s Day will be held in October, the Venue and date will be announced at next Council Meeting.

We have been invited to take part in Gardeners World in June - this Event gives us the opportunity to publicise our Association to the Public and hopefully encourage new members.

I hope to visit as many of the Clubs in our Area as I can and look forward to hearing from you. Do not hesitate to let me know what is going on within your Club.

Have a great Summer.

Ellie Meaking

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National Test and Pre-National Assessment Day

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