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RCHS 75 YEARS ON! I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and would like to wish you all a very happy and successful horticultural 2015. As promised, this month we are going to give you some history of the Ruislip Central Horticultural Society, and inform you of events taking place this year. All details are available as always on our website, Here is Viv Ash, the Chairman of the RCHS to give some in-depth detail about our History and events. The History of the Ruislip Central Horticultural Society The RCHS was formed in 1940, and was initially called the Ruislip Central Allotments and Garden Society. This was probably in answer to the ‘Dig for Victory’ campaign to encourage people to grow their own food during the Second World War. From that date, Shows were held in the Great Barn Ruislip, which incidentally is the oldest Barn in the UK dating back to the 1300’s. Talks were held in the Stables and there was a Gardening Trading Centre (shop for members) open on Saturdays, in the Cow Byre (which was where the café now is behind the Barn). Part of the RCHS is a Cactus section, the inaugural meeting of the Cactus Section was held on 28th May, 1951 and they held their talks in the hut in the car park (called the Manor Farm Hall) these talks continue to this day. In 1976 the Cow Byre burnt down (hence our logo for many years was a phoenix rising from the ashes.) The then Mayor of Hillingdon, George Booth, who was a keen gardener, negotiated with the Council to rent two outhouses in the Barn complex. On the right of the Barn entrance we opened the shop, and on the left a storage unit for supplies and equipment. This Trading Shop was very successful and made a profit to cover the rent of the Barn for the three shows. It was manned by a team of volunteer members and was an ideal meeting place to chat and get advice and tips on gardening. In 2005, the Great Barn had a make-over with lottery money, so for three years we moved our shows across the road to the Youth Centre. This venue was lighter however, it did not have the ambience of the Great Barn. In 2008, we moved back to having our 3 shows in the Great Barn, however due to the renovation project, unfortunately we lost our Trading Centre and to this day members miss not having the shop to visit.

We have three shows annually which are very well attended by the general public, we have approximately 150-200 visitors come into the Barn at each showtime to see the fantastic exhibits that our members exhibit. The Spring show is usually at the end of March, exhibiting Daffodils and other Spring delights. Summer is usually middle of June to show Roses, and our Autumn show is usually at the beginning of September featuring some fantastic Dahlias and many other items. All shows have a General Floral section, Cactus section, Handicrafts, Photography, Floral Art, Domestic, Fruit and Vegetable, and a Children’s section. Willing helpers set up the show by 9am on the Saturday where members ‘stage’ their entries from 9-11am, judging then takes place until 1pm.  The doors are then opened to the public. The entrance is free with refreshments on sale. Presentation of prizes commences at 4pm.  Thinking of becoming a RCHS member? Why not come along to see a show, you may realise you have equally as good flowers in your garden as on the Show Bench. Or join the Society, enter a Show next time and win a Novice Cup! That's how we all got started and then you are hooked! As I mentioned we no longer have a Trading Centre but we have a reciprocal  arrangement with the Eastcote Horticultural Society so that members can go to their shop on a Sunday morning to purchase supplies and plants and bulbs.  Our membership fee is a small £5 per year per household. The Society has six talks a year, many with plants for sale. Plus the AGM in February where we offer refreshments. We have a very successful Fish & Chip Supper Quiz in October where we have over 100 people come, tickets sell very quickly! So come and join us and meet like-minded people for conversation and advice. In May this year we are presenting an evening with horticulturist and TV Presenter, Christine Walkden. Tickets are on sale already, so if you would like to come along please see the website for details or call Warren on 01923 451616. Come and join us for a social evening, become a member and enjoy free refreshments and drinks at the AGM on February 17th, 2015 at St Lawrence Church Hall, Eastcote at 7.30pm. We look forward to seeing you there.


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Ruislip Jan 15  

A5 Colour, glossy magazine distributed free each month to homes and businesses in the HA4 postcode areas of Ruislip and Eastcote. Local info...

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A5 Colour, glossy magazine distributed free each month to homes and businesses in the HA4 postcode areas of Ruislip and Eastcote. Local info...