December sees our traditional Christmas quiz and Jacob's Join on Tuesday 17th, 7.30 p.m. start as usual
We meet every month at Chorley Cricket Club (see "events page" and location map on "contact us" page) for talks, presentations and social evenings. Visitors are always welcome.
Narcissi and Spring Flowers in Andalucía with Jack Swan
At the Members meeting on 19th November Jack Swan treated us to a tour of the ever changing landscape of Andalucía. Jack informed us that the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Andalucía are not only home to just over 2,000 plant species, but also to a wide variety of insects, butterflies and birds and he showed us some amazing photos of the beautiful butterflies that he found on his travels.
During his journey Jack had identified many rare alpine species and shared numerous photographs of flowers and plants such as the Butterfly Orchid and Giant Orchid, Red Berried Mistletoe, the Iberian Fritillary, the Paper White Narcissus and the Three-leaved Snowflake similar to the Leucojum Aestivum or Summer Snowflake that many of us grow in our own gardens. Whilst some of the photographs showed plants growing in drifts across grassy woodland, the majority of photographs showed alpines in low growing scrub and quite well hidden and almost camouflaged on rocky ledges.
Jack’s presentation lifted the spirits as we were transported to the sunny Andalucía’s landscape with its colourful spring flowers and blue skies.
On opening the meeting, Barbara Joyce (Chairman) reminded those going to the annual lunch at The Laurels in Charnock Richard on the 28th November that all drinks other than the tea and filter coffee served with the meal are to be paid by individuals as and when ordered.
Barbara said that it would greatly help with the organisation of the Jacob’s Join in December if those attending could say what food they would be bringing and add the details to the sheet being circulated. She also explained that the meeting in January will be the AGM and as such it provides an opportunity for Members who wish to take a more active role to join the Committee. Nomination forms that will be available at the AGM.
Iris Smith announced that Chorley in Bloom were recently presented with another Gold Award for the Small City category. Other awards were; a level 5 for the Community garden, a level 5 for Rookwood garden at Chorley Hospital and a Gold Award for Astley Park in the Large Parks category.
She gave an update on current projects, which include the allotment and the stumpery, and said that anyone wishing to volunteer to become involved in the projects would be very welcome.
At this meeting the table top show was for a “Photograph of variegated foliage”, the winner was Barbara Joyce.
The meeting on 17th December will include a Jacob’s Join and Christmas Entertainment organised by the Committee.
June McGuire (Secretary)