Two dates for your diary, AGM and Plant Sale

We are delighted to welcome Kate Stuart-Smith to our AGM on Wednesday 24th April, to give us a talk about the lovely garden at Serge Hill, Bedmond, Hertfordshire and the work of the National Garden Scheme. (NGS)

Serge Hill Project.

Some of our members will be familiar with the garden being so close to us at Bedmond. Kate is always busy in the garden or in helping to arrange open gardens under the National Gardens Scheme, as she is a joint County Organiser.

The AGM will be at the Thomas Field Hall next to Little Gaddesden Church. Doors open at 6.30pm and wine and cheese will be served, we plan a fairly short section on VPA matters and will then move on to Kate’s presentation, c. 30 mins and time for questions, after which tea and coffee will be available.

We look forward to seeing you. If you would like to find more information on Kate please click on the link below.

Kate Stuart-Smith and the creation of her effortlessly romantic English country garden – Country Life

Don’t forget our PLANT SALE on Sunday May 19th at 10am at the Village Hall car park. We would welcome donations of plants so:-

With seedlings ‘Please sow an extra tray for the VPA’

Have you too many of something, or need to create some space for something new, if so split up the plants or pot up the spares and bring them along on the day (or before if you cannot make the day itself). Plant donations can be left with Kate Filippidis at Christmas House, (left hand side as you head along the road towards Ringshall, or at the VPA store. More details on the arrangements for donations will be provided in the week before the sale. Please label up your plant donations so people know which plants/seedlings they are.

Thanks very much in anticipation!

Kate Stuart-Smith is our speaker at the AGM on Wed. 24th April

We are delighted to welcome Kate Stuart-Smith to our AGM this year, to give us a talk about the lovely garden at Serge Hill, Bedmond, Hertfordshire and the work of the National Garden Scheme. (NGS)

Serge Hill Project.

Some of our members will be familiar with the garden being so close to us at Bedmond. Kate is always busy in the garden or in helping to arrange open gardens under the National Gardens Scheme, as she is a joint County Organiser.

The AGM will be at the Thomas Field Hall next to Little Gaddesden Church. Doors open at 6.30pm and wine and cheese will be served, we plan a fairly short section on VPA matters and will then move on to Kate’s presentation, c. 30 mins and time for questions, after which tea and coffee will be available.

We look forward to seeing you. If you would like to find more information on Kate please click on the link below.

Kate Stuart-Smith and the creation of her effortlessly romantic English country garden – Country Life

Free photography training

We have received a very kind offer of free training on phone photography and phone videography for our members.

Phil Richardson our Photography judge at the recent VPA shows is offering free places on his course on 23rd March starting at the Village VPA store next to the Village Hall and then walking around the village.
We have a few spaces still available if you would like to apply and he has widened the offer to all our members not just show entrants.

There will be two sessions, one on Photography starting at 9am finishing at 11.15am and one on video starting at 11.20am finishing 1.30pm. You can join one or both sessions, just sign up by giving your name and email address on the blog link below. (It asks for your VPA membership number but we don’t have those so just say which sessions you would like to join.) Each session is limited to 8 people (previously 6) and is on a first come first serve basis, so reserve your place now! Click on Melen Training next to the VPA logo on this blog link.

berkhamstedphotographer.co.uk

We hope that the sessions are a success as we wish to encourage more entries at the next show.

Free Photography training

We have received a very kind offer of free training on phone photography and phone videography for our members.

Phil Richardson our Photography judge at the recent VPA shows is offering free places on his course on 23rd March starting at the Village VPA store next to the Village Hall and then walking around the village.
We have a few spaces still available if you would like to apply and he has widened the offer to all our members not just show entrants.

There will be two sessions, one on Photography starting at 9am finishing at 11.15am and one on video starting at 11.20am finishing 1.30pm. You can join one or both sessions, just sign up by giving your name and email address on the blog link below. (It asks for your VPA membership number but we don’t have those so just say which sessions you would like to join.) Each session is limited to 8 people (previously 6) and is on a first come first serve basis, so reserve your place now! Click on Melen Training next to the VPA logo on this blog link.

berkhamstedphotographer.co.uk

We hope that the sessions are a success as we wish to encourage more entries at the next show.

Winter Show – Today!

Thanks for all your entries, we are looking forward to seeing you later.

Children under 16, don’t forget to bring your Pets.

Bring along your entries between 8.45am and 10.45am, judging begins at 11am.

Doors will open to the public for viewing at 2.30pm, which is when the Pets are due on stage. We will also have tea, coffee and cake and a great raffle.

Will you be going home with a cup or a prize?

Winter Show 2022

Don’t forget to get your Winter Show entries in!

Hi All

Just a reminder to get your entries in as soon as possible please. The sooner we receive them we can do the preparation of the entry cards and work out spacing for the entries on the tables.

The web site contains the programme and entry form for the Winter Show. VPA Winter Show – Little Gaddesden VPA (lgvpa.org)

You can either make your entry online and pay fees to Janet on the day or drop your entries and fee to Alastair Greene 1 Pond Lane (01442 843667) or Phil Bunting at 9 Cromer Close. (07505 248940)

The judge was pleased with the photographs submitted last year and this year the four categories are quite open and many relate to the village.

‘Sunset or Sunrise in Little Gaddesden’

‘Architecture or Buildings in Little Gaddesden’

Translucent: “Look Through”
       (not transparent or clear glass; try ice, plastic, sheers or coloured glass)

‘Local Landscapes’

The four classes for Pets are 1. Dogs, 2. Cats, 3. Rabbits or Guinea Pigs, and 4. Any other small pet.

This division will be judged on the following criteria

Knowledge of feeding, Good temperament, Care and grooming and Good health and condition

If you are aged 5 to 16 years inclusive and love your pet, why not make an entry, see instructions in the programme.

Come along on Saturday morning 3rd Feb to stage your entries, judging begins at 11am and then we are open to the public from 2.30pm for viewing and refreshments will be available from our cafe team. We look forward to seeing everyone on the day and don’t forget to bring some cash for the raffle.

Winter Show entries, programme now online

Hi All

Just to let you know that our web site now contains the programme and entry form for the Winter Show. VPA Winter Show – Little Gaddesden VPA (lgvpa.org)

Entries are now invited and can either be online and pay fees to Janet on the day or drop your entries and fee to Alastair Greene 1 Pond Lane (01442 843667) or Phil Bunting at 9 Cromer Close. (07505 248940)

You have until 8pm on Wednesday 31st January to fill in the entry form and get it to us but the sooner we have them coming in, the better we can be prepared for the day.

We would love there to be more Children’s entries this time and also we have so many Gentlemen in the village but so few cakes in the special Gentleman’s cake category!

Why not give it a try, if it looks like a cake when you’ve finished bring it along! The more entries the merrier, its Apple Cake this year.

The judge was pleased with the photographs submitted last year and this year the four categories are quite open and many relate to the village.

‘Sunset or Sunrise in Little Gaddesden’

‘Architecture or Buildings in Little Gaddesden’

Translucent: “Look Through”
       (not transparent or clear glass; try ice, plastic, sheers or coloured glass)

‘Local Landscapes’

The four classes for Pets are 1. Dogs, 2. Cats, 3. Rabbits or Guinea Pigs, and 4. Any other small pet.

This division will be judged on the following criteria

Knowledge of feeding, Good temperament, Care and grooming and Good health and condition

If you are aged 5 to 16 years inclusive and love your pet, why not make an entry, see instructions in the programme.

Please submit your entry forms by 31st January and then come along on Saturday morning 3rd Feb to stage your entries, judging begins at 11am and then we are open to the public from 2.30pm for viewing and refreshments will be available from our cafe team. We look forward to seeing everyone on the day and don’t forget to bring some cash for the raffle.

Winter Show is on Feb. 3rd

Happy New Year to all our members

Your Committee is hard at work setting up the Winter Show, so this is just advance notice and if you haven’t already got it in your brand new diary, it’s Saturday 3rd Feb in the Village Hall.

We will have all the usual favourites, Fruit and Vegetables, Cookery, Floral Art, Home made Wines and Spirits and Juices, Photography & Handicraft, Pets and of course Children’s Classes.

Programmes and Entry forms are being prepared and will shortly be available online and in the Village Shop.

Entries will need to be submitted by 31st January.

More information to follow next week.