Monthly Meetings

Due to the current situation with the Coronavirus, we are now holding our monthly meetings remotely using Zoom; this will continue over the next few months. In due course, we will review how and when we can safely go back to “real” monthly meetings in a suitable community centre (eg, Gorse Hill or Pinehurst).

Planned meetings over the next few months are as follows:

April 15th – a return of Timothy Walker who will be talking about the Healing Power of Plants. The talk is to show that plant products are used every day by all of us to relieve pain and suffering, to heal wounds and to cure diseases. Mankind has exploited the medicinal properties of plants for thousands of years, yet the role of plants in modern medicine is still considered to be peripheral by many people.  This talk attempts to put the record straight.

May 27th – AGM. We currently plan to hold this via Zoom (see below, and 2021 Annual General Meeting Notice elsewhere on this website).

June 17th – Philip Aubrey will be giving a talk entitled “Successful Fruit Growing” – grow your own 5 a day – selection, planting, pruning.

July 15th – Mick Carter, the show committee chairman, will talk about the upcoming horticultural show on September 4th.

August 19th – Quiz/Q & A session.  Details to be confirmed.

September 16th – Wanborough Herb Nursery talking about the many different types of grasses.  They will also bring plants to sell.

October 21st – Angela Atkinson, who has written several books on the history of Swindon, will talk about some of Swindon’s historic buildings.  She will bring copies of her books for us to purchase.

November 18th – details to follow

December 16th – Christmas social

The talks to be held up to and including August will be held via Zoom.  We hope to be back in the Gorse Hill Community Centre from September (see below), but this could change. We will keep members informed of any changes.

Should you be interested in any of the Zoom meetings, please register your interest in the particular event with our Hon Secretary, Sue Stevens, by emailing her ( the day before it’s due to take place. She will send you a link to enable you to join the meeting; meetings start formally at 7.30pm, and you can join via the link from 7.15pm.

We’ve already held several very successful monthly meetings via Zoom, and we strongly urge anyone who hasn’t joined us yet to give it a try. 

Getting to grips with technology is not always easy but if you have a computer/iPad and an email address you should be able to join in. If you need any guidance with this, please let Sue know.  She will be happy to help.

In normal times, monthly meetings are held on the third Thursday of the month at Gorse Hill Community Centre in Chapel Street. Doors are open from 7.00pm and the speaker starts at around 7.30pm. Meetings end at around 9.30pm.