Branch Meetings

Terry Edney giving a talk about grafting and propagation

Branch members enjoying Terry's demonstration

Photographs by : Viv Brooks
Our eleven meetings each year (2nd Wednesday of each month except August) are the mainstay of our activities. We average somewhere around twenty numerically and have a wide age range with representatives of both sexes. There is no admission charge at the meetings, though members are encouraged to buy raffle tickets which help cover the cost of the room rent and speaker's expenses.

Although most of our meetings are talks by visiting speakers (some of whom bring plants for sale), usually accompanied by a slide show, they are not normally highly technical so you should not be put off by fears of being snubbed by a group of serious botanists - far from it!


Branch Meeting

Photograph by : Martin Brown
As well as the talks we have our AGM in November followed by either member's photographs or occasionally a plant sale. Another regular feature is our annual "Bring & Buy" night - see separate page for more information.

Periodically we have an "in-house" night of short talks and demonstrations covering the basics of cultivation - this is not just for the newer members, no-one is too old or experienced to learn!

Another popular regular slot is the annual quiz against Northumbria Branch.....


Quiz Night

Food in the interval at the Quiz Night


Photographs by : Martin Brown

The quiz nights have been a regular feature for several years now, hosted in alternate years by ourselves and Northumbria Branch. Don't worry, only those who allow themselves to be included in the teams are put on the spot, the rest can try to answer the questions in private or just sit back and heckle! Of course everyone, team members and spectators alike, get to sample the food in the interval.

Once in a while we get to celebrate a special event, maybe the presentation of a Society honour to a hard working member or, as shown below some other occasion. In this case Bill Maddam's cutting of a cake in honour of the Branch's 35th anniversary in October 1993. (See separate page for our 50th anniversary celebration event).


Bill Maddams cutting the cake

35th Anniversary Cake

Photographs by : John Ellis

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