Digital Photography Group September meeting

The group met on Thursday 5th September in the Town Hall. Theme for the meeting was “Beauty and the Beast” – the same theme as Country File.

Also during the meeting members brought along a selection of 6 photographs each from which 3 were chosen to be displayed at the Main Meeting in October.

Below are Mike’s entries for “Beauty and the Beast”

Barrow to Baghdad and back

Our August meeting guest speaker was Philip Caine who entertained us all with tales of his working life starting in his home town of Barrow. Who would have believed that a lowly pot room boy would cater in the oil rigs, create working townships in Africa, become involved with the KGB and Russian mafia in Kazakhstan and manage camps for the Americans in Baghdad. An adventurous life indeed. Thank you Philip for a very entertaining talk. And! Because he arrived early, he set up the seating in the hall for us as well!

Fun with Wine Group May meeting

Our May meeting was hosted by Gill and Roger who had recently returned from a holiday in Uzbekistan. So guess what, we were served with two white, two red plus a Firewater 45% finishing off spirit…….. plenty of good sensible conversation and company at the start of the meeting, surprisingly good comments about the wine even if only 10% alcohol, not sure how it ended. We normally learn about the wine from the label but this month we had translation problems ….. can anyone speak Uzbekistan? See photo of label.Martin McBride

Gardening Group dates

WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 27th .Last year we had to cancel this visit because of the snow so lets hope we get better weather this year to look at these gardens.   The gardens are Hollyhock Gardens near Islip, post code OX5 2SQ.  we hope to see snowdrops here but the garden owner tells me the snow drops are early this year but even if they are coming to an end there is a very good display of hellebores amongst other spring plants. The visit includes tea and cake and will cost £5.We are due to meet there at 2pm so you can either go alone or meet up at the usual car park for lift sharing at 1.15pm.  Parking is in the farmyard by the gardens.I will be sending our host numbers a couple of weeks prior to our visit so if you could let me know if you are attending as soon as you can that would be appreciated.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 27th.I am waiting for confirmation on this visit but if it happens it will be brilliant.I have contacted the Fosseway garden centre near Moreton in the Marsh  GL56 0DS and they are arranging for a rep. from David Austin Roses to come and give us a talk. This will be a talk with slide show followed by tea and cake for £5.  There will also be money off selected roses and possible goody bags.  If this happens fossway are giving us priority tickets and once we have confirmed numbers they will open to public.The talk will start at 3pm leaving plenty of time if anyone wishes to have lunch there first.  I will make travel arrangements when this date has been confirmed.I have attended a talk like this at Bampton and it was extremely good.  It would be helpful if I knew who was interested in going so I can give the centre provisional numbers when they confirm.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 24th. This month it is a return visit to the Generous gardener at the coach house Ampney Crusis GL7 5RY. We went here on a very hot day in June 2017.  It is a wonderful garden separated into rooms by hedging and cotswold stone walls.  Our host offers refreshment after our visit.  I have yet to confirm the price for this but if I remember properly last time it was £7.50 and well worth it.  The house is next to the village church and this was open so we visited this as well and it was a very interesting church.  Hopefully it will be open for us this time as well.

WEDNESDAY MAY 29th. Another repeat visit to Chivel Gardens nr Heythrop OX7 5TR.  We went here in August 2018 and all of us agreed it was the best garden we had been to with the garden club, high praise.  The colours were wonderful and I am sure the spring garden will be as wonderful.  Our hosts look forward to seeing us again and providing the tea and biscuits we had last time.  For those who didn’t make it last time, make sure you do this time!

MONDAY JUNE 17th. Please note the different day this month as we are joining up with the History group.  Christine is organising a visit to Ablington house and gardens.  there is a minimum number of 30 persons needed which is why we have combined the groups.  I do not have full details but as soon as Christine confirms with the hosts I will let you know.

JULY, AUGUST, SEPTEMBER, OCTOBER are works in progress!! as soon as I have arranged things I will let you know.

November will be are usual social and quiz in the town hall.  This is a popular event  enjoyed by those who attend.

Photo Group June Topic

This months topic is “Looking Up” and “Bluebells at Badbury”

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Gardening Group 2018 dates

Here is the visit list for 2018.  A couple have yet to be confirmed.


SNOWDROPS AT HOLLYHOCKS GARDEN  North street Islip nr Kidlington  OX5 2SQ

described as a plants womens small edwardian garden. £5 for visit with tea and cake.


yet to be confirmed but possibly a visit to a garden designers garden in Lime Close Drayton.



£10 for visit with tea and homemade cake.

walled garden, kitchen garden, woodlands and many spring bulbs.


To be confirmed: PRIMROSE GARDENS  Steeple Aston



large walled garden  with shaded areas, topiary, rose beds and herbaceous borders.

£10 for visit tea and home made cakes.



wonderful views from garden over windrush valley

£6.00 for visit with tea and cake


CHIVEL FARM GARDENS nr Chipping Norton OX7 5TR

£7.50 for visit and refreshment.  £5.00 to NGS tea money to local church.

SEPTEMBER 19TH 2PM ( one week earlier than normal as I am on holiday the following week)


Displays of Michaelmas daisy and asters


Tour of the Oxford botanic gardens to hopefully be arranged.  Details to follow later.


Town Hall;  pre winter social, possible quiz, yet to be decided.

Nothing for DECEMBER and JANUARY.

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