REDBOURN IN BLOOM Horticultural Society
Redbourn in Bloom was formed in the Millennium Year to serve the village by stimulating interest in plants and gardens and by helping to make Redbourn a more attractive place to live in. To do all this, the members of Redbourn in Bloom Committee organise functions, competitions and visits to places of interest and arrange plantings at strategic sites for summer and winter.
Redbourn in Bloom’s members decided at their Annual General Meeting to transform the group into a Horticultural Society which would more accurately reflect their current interests and would attract a wider membership. The Redbourn in Bloom Horticultural Society was therefore formed with the following objectives:
to increase the pleasure and improve the standard of gardening in the Village of Redbourn (the Village);
to promote good horticultural practice;
to enhance the Village environment by ornamental plantings and by ensuring suitable maintenance of open spaces in accordance with Anglia in Bloom’s aims;
to promote a positive conservation outlook and responsible environmental practice.
The aim is to have a relaxed informal society that brings like-minded people together to share their interest in gardening and to improve the village environment.
Membership of the Society is open to anyone interested in gardening and in horticulture in its many guises. A full programme of events is being planned with the aim ultimately of having at least five or six in the year. These will be day outings, talks, demonstrations as well as purely social gatherings. The annual membership subscription will cost £5 per family (one household). Anyone interested in joining is asked to contact Mr Keith Stanley (01582 792455).
The 2012 AGM of the RIB Horticultural Society was held on 10th September, when the following officers were elected: Don Corbett decided to retire from the Committee.
Treasurer & Membership:
Horticultural Show sub-committee Chairman: Roy Titchmarsh
Anglia in Bloom sub-committee Chairman: Pat Schofield
Programme sub-committee Chairman: Rita Green
Craft Fair sub-committee Chairman: Barbara Corbett
Click on the pdf link to open a membership application form * RIBHSmemform.pdf:
This can then be printed and sent to the membership secretary
EVENTS and FUNDRAISING
Redbourn in Bloom organise two main events each year – THE HORTICULTURAL SHOW, in September; and THE CRAFT FAIR, in October/November.
The Craft Fair is our main fundraiser.
Every two years we stage the Redbourn OPEN GARDENS WEEKEND in July, also a good fundraiser.
There are usually two or three talks, and two or three day trips throughout each year, a Plant Sale, and the annual 3 to 5 day Garden Holiday in May.
At the end of June, we have Local Competitions for Best Front Garden (Large, Medium, Small, or Drought), Best Hanging Basket/Container Display, Best School or Nursery, Best Shop or Business, Best Pub, and Best Public Building. Prizes are presented at a Social Evening.
We enter the ANGLIA in BLOOM competition each year, achieving SILVER-GILT standard for the last four years.
COMING EVENTS and TRIPS 2012/2013
Talk on 'Birds in Redbourn'
7pm in Centenary Suite
Members £5, Non-members £5.50
Trip to Kew Gardens
Trip to Eden Project & Lost Gardens of Heligan
HORTICULTURAL SHOW WINNERS
Best Exhibit in Show
Best Exhibit in Fruit & Vegetable Classes
Best Exhibit in Flower Classes
Best Exhibit in Floral Arrangement Classes
Greenleas Cup in Novice Classes
Centenary Salver for Most Points in Household Classes
Allotment Association Vegetable Cup
Ann Skillman Shield for Best Exhibit in Household & Craft
Maurice Webb Memorial Cup for Highest Points in Flowers
Zena Skinner Children's Cup - Best Exhibit in Children's Classes
Reg Finlay Trophy for Most Points in Dahlia Classes
RESULTS OF OLYMPIC TREASURE HUNT (July 7th/8th)
Over 16 section: Rosemary Hinde & Margaret Johnstone of Redbourn, with 16 correct answers.
Under 16 section: Miss Faye Sibley of Houghton Regis, with 7 correct answers.
LOCAL COMPETITION RESULTS
1st: The Bull
2nd: The Cricketers
3rd: The Holly Bush
Highly Commended: The MOT Centre
SHOPS & BUSINESSES
1st: Nine Lives Vets
SCHOOL / NURSERY
1st: Redbourn Infant & Nursery School
Joint 1st: St. Mary’s Church
1st: Michael King
2nd: Austin Trueman
3rd: Sophie Andrews
POTS & CONTAINERS
1st: Sophie Andrews
2nd: Margaret Mc Cloy
1st: Michael King
2nd: Dennis Remington
3rd: David O’Grady
1st : Woolhams
2nd: New Forge Place
1st: Jennie Corsbie
2nd: Fred Chapman
3rd: Nick Abson
1st: David & Alison Pepper
2nd: Kathleen Mead
Joint 3rd: Diana Lawton, Austin Trueman
1st: Vic Henry
2nd: Christine Jeffcrate
3rd: Rachael Collinson
1st: Gloria & Grahame Green
2nd: Michael Comerford & Lesley Singleton
3rd: Pauline.& Michael Williamson
1st: Michael & Gillian Gear
2nd: Nina Brown
3rd: Glenys & Paul Sharpley
REDBOURN IN BLOOM Trips & Talks 2009-2012
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If you have been impressed by the colourful planters and the improvements that have been made why not join this enthusiastic group. You do not need to commit too much time – an hour or two every now and then to help with the planting in the Spring and Autumn would be much appreciated. Alternatively, if you live near one of the planters you may wish to take over watering and/or weeding the tub. Please contact Diane Whiskin 01582 794832 if you are able to help.
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Tony Bull April 2009