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Gardening Interest Group
Gardening Interest Group
plant We now have a gardening interest group open to anyone living in St Stephen’s, beginners or veteran gardeners, with a number of events planned throughout the year.

Christmas Bulbs
On Saturday 11th November 2017 between 10.30 and 12.00 there will be Gardening Interest Group Event. Please come and collect Christmas Bulbs (small Narcissi for a pot for inside or outside). Children are very welcome and perhaps they could grow them as a present for a relative or a friend. Sue Herivel is hosting the event at 19 Moofield in her garden. So SAVE THE DATE and come along. Plenty of opportunity for swopping ideas about plans for your garden for next year.

Bulbs are funded from the proceeds of the Plant Sale last year but small donations very welcome. Look forward to seeing you then.

Sunflower Growing Challenge
A huge thank you to everyone (especially the children) who participated in the sunflower growing challenge over the summer. There have been some great blooms and really tall sunflowers.
Just to confirm that Alan and Mary Cunningsworth grew the dwarf sunflower with the most blooms (adult prize of a bottle of wine) and the following families had children growing very tall sunflowers: Family Cutmore, Family Howes, Family Sharp and Family Banbury.

The Open Garden Event held on a warm and sunny Sunday in June was a memorable highlight of the summer when we had the opportunity to visit many beautiful gardens and, more importantly, to get to know many of our neighbours. Thanks are due to everyone who opened their gardens for this extremely enjoyable event and to Graham and Angela Gibbens for offering us a lovely venue for the afternoon teas that were available. We especially thank Pauline Walters and Chris Molony for the effort they put into organising the day which raised £400.00 in total, £300.00 of which has been given to the Canterbury and District Early Years Project and £100.00 to Porchlight. Margaret and Alan Carver also offered teas and a plant sale in aid of the League of Friends. We plan to repeat the event next year when it will be the turn of residents living in roads not included in the event this year {i.e. St Stephen’s Hill, Green, Road, Close and Court, Manwood Avenue and Hales Drive} to open their gardens.

Here are some more images from the summer's very successful Open Gardens Day:

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Broad Oak Allotment & Garden Group
wheelbarrow For the gardeners in the area, there is already a Broad Oak Allotment and Garden Group, who meet at St Stephens Social Club.
They are a friendly group with one thing in common, growing your own in Allotment, Home Garden, Patio or balcony. Most of all it's a great time to socialise, get to know others, make new friends, your neighbouring plot holders, or local community. After a bit of advice from other Gardeners ? They meet up on the last Friday of every month and it’s free.
They have a Facebook page which you can see : here.