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Oct
16
Wed
Culham and District Horticultural Club – Mat Reese – The Art of a Flower Border @ Abbey Guest House
Oct 16 @ 7:30 pm
Culham and District Horticultural Club - Mat Reese -  The Art of a Flower Border @ Abbey Guest House

We have speakers at the Abbey Guest House on the 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm of the 6 winter months: January-April, October and November. In May, June, July and September we organise group garden visits. The annual subscription is £20. The cost of garden visits depends on how much the owners charge.

While Mat was at Wisley he was introduced to gardener and writer Christopher Lloyd and spent subsequent weekends volunteering in his garden, Great Dixter. So when he finished at Kew, there was only one place he wanted to be. He went to see Fergus Garrett, head gardener at Dixter, and started work almost immediately. He says “Dixter is gardened in a creative and inventive way, so we were constantly trying new things”.
After that, in 2010 Mat moved to Malverleys, a private estate in Hampshire, where he is developing and redesigning the gardens. He gave us a talk on Melverleys in November 2016. Mat is now regarded as one of a handful of top-echelon gardeners working in Britain today.

Oct
23
Wed
Historical Society
Oct 23 @ 7:30 pm
Historical Society

Dorchester on Thames Historical Society

Wednesday 23rd October 2019, 7.30pm, Village Hall Back Room

Members free, Visitors welcome (£3)

Professor Malcolm Airs will talk about: ‘William and Jessie MacFarlane and their Mission for Dorchester’

The Revd. William MacFarlane (Vicar from 1856 until his death in 1885), and his sister Jessie totally transformed Dorchester from a religiously-divided and economically backward village to become a centre for the High Church movement and a regenerated community. Using their wealth inherited from trade in the East India Company, amongst many other initiatives they completed the restoration of the Abbey, built a new Vicarage and School, founded a missionary college and provided the isolated hamlet of Burcot with a new church and school combined. Their legacy is all around us today in the village.

Looking forward, the talk on November 27th will be Tim Healey on ‘A 17th Century Christmas’.

Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings. Please arrive in good time – latecomers are sometimes disappointed due to the room’s limited capacity.
Margot Metcalfe, Chairman

Nov
2
Sat
Dorchester-on-Thames Charity Fireworks Display @ Dorchester Recreation Ground
Nov 2 @ 5:30 pm

Professional Display. Family Games. Locally Sourced BBQ. Full Bar.

NEW for 2019 – No Single-use plastics or glow-sticks!!!

DONATIONS on the gate

Come and have an amazing family evening while supporting your local charity

Nov
20
Wed
D.A.D.S. Treasure Island Readthrough and Auditions
Nov 20 @ 6:39 pm

Ahoy there me hearties – all aboard for the adventure of a lifetime! Long John Silver and his fearsome crew may thing that the treasure is within their grasp, but they’ve reckoned without the ladies of the Smugglers Cove Women’s Institute!

Filled with mischief, custard pies, songs, and laughter, this is a voyage into a panto mayhem that you definitely do not want to miss!

  • Readthrough/Singalong: Monday 1st July 7.30pm
  • Auditions: Thursday 4th July 7.30pm

For more info contact Ann: pantotreasure@gmail.com

Culham and District Horticultural Club – Dr Chris Thorogood – Mediterranean Plants @ Abbey Guest House
Nov 20 @ 7:30 pm
Culham and District Horticultural Club - Dr Chris Thorogood  - Mediterranean Plants @ Abbey Guest House

We have speakers at the Abbey Guest House on the 3rd Wednesday at 7.30pm of the 6 winter months: January-April, October and November. In May, June, July and September we organise group garden visits. The annual subscription is £20. The cost of garden visits depends on how much the owners charge.

Chris is a plant biologist who is the Deputy Director and Head of Science & Public Engagement at Oxford Botanic Garden and Harcourt Arboretum.
In 2016 Chris published a Field Guide to the wild flowers of the Western Mediterranean where he has travelled extensively including teaching field botany to undergraduates in the Algarve.
Chris says” The Mediterranean Basin has one of the world’s richest floras. Indeed, up to 10% of all vascular plants occur in the Mediterranean Basin, which represents just 1.6% of the Earth’s surface. This large area has a complex and varied geology and topography but is united by its typically Mediterranean climate of hot, dry summers and mild, wet winters.
In 2018 Chris also published Weird Plants which features weird, wonky and wonderful plants seen on his travels and illustrated with his own oil paintings.

Nov
27
Wed
Historical Society : A 17th Century Christmas
Nov 27 @ 7:30 pm

Tim Healey on: ‘A 17th Century Christmas’

The talk presents a vibrant portrait of Christmas in a turbulent age, describing Lords of Misrule, Twelfth Night revels, wassails, Boar’s Head feasts, frost fairs on the frozen Thames – and the Puritan ban on Christmas itself.

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A freelance writer and broadcaster, Tim Healey has presented many programmes on BBC 3 and BBC 4. He is also director of the 17th-century costume band, the Oxford Waits. In researching material for the band’s Christmas shows he acquired a lasting fascination with the subject.

Looking forward:

22nd January 2020: short AGM and talk by David Miles on ‘The Land of the White Horse’.

Please do attend the AGM, as it is an opportunity for feedback and sharing ideas about future talks, research and outings, and for you to stand for the Committee.

Visitors and new members are always very welcome to our talks and outings.

Margot Metcalfe, Chairman

Dec
15
Sun
Christmas Decoration Workshop @ Dorchester-on-Thames Village Hall
Dec 15 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Come and join me at my workshop to make a gorgeous, fresh, Christmas Door Wreath OR an Encrusted candlestick. Your wreath can adorn your door , sit upon a mantle or hang on the wall, the encrusted candlestick can take pride of place on your dining table or sit in an entrance hall, both are lovely. They will be made from Pine, Dogwood, Cupressus, Nuts,Cones,Berries,Mosses etc. ( the candlestick comes complete with pillar candle). You do not need any previous experience at all in flowers and everything will be provided, even a refreshment and a cheeky mince pie. A relaxed and fun class. (the photos are a guide, if you would like to check out my credentials please go to www.blossomwithlaura.com .Come and get in that ‘Christmas spirit’ .

Please email me on lleeflowers@icloud.com to book a place, leaving your name, email and telephone number and let me know whether you would like to make the wreath or candlestick and I will be in touch to take payment.

Feb
20
Thu
Newcomers meeting
Feb 20 all-day
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