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Our first meeting of the year was well attended even though snow was forecast. The business was got through quickly in case the weather took a turn for the worst. Wendy Edmunds and Maria Palmer Hoyes were presented with plant arrangements for their big birthdays.

This year the W.I. is 100, Cheshire Federation 95 and Lr. Withington 70 so there is a lot to celebrate during the year. The AGM in London was talked about and we will be able to see what is going on locally as the event will be live.

Our speaker was Gordon Baillie the head gardener from Arley Hall. We had a really good slide show and Gordon is a very entertaining speaker. We learned some of the history of the garden which is still very much a family garden with Lord and Lady Ashbrook deciding where the future planting although Gordon manages to get quite a lot of his own ideas through. There is an exciting new winter/spring garden which will develop through time and this will be open all year round from next year. Arley is famous for its herbaceous borders which are magnificent and slides took us through the gardening year. There is also an educational programme of events with local schools which will hopefully instil a love of horticulture in young people for the future.

The competition of an old gardening tool was won by Gwen Hayhurst, 2nd. Molly Kennerley. The raffle was won by Irene Wilkes.

Our next meeting is on 25th. February and is called Red Carpet Tales by Richard Eves. The competition is a wine glass.

Gwen Hayhurst

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