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1) RAGA AGM - Monday 16th March 2020

This years AGM is being held at the George Public House, 344 City Way, ME1 2BH, Rochester. 7pm for 7:30pm start.

This year’s AGM will be held at The George pub,  The meeting will start at 7:30 sharp.  PLEASE NOTE that attendance will be restricted to members and their partners.  You can pay your 2020 fee at the door if you have not yet done so.

The formal meeting will include reports from the Committee and a detailed explanation of the annual accounts.  There will be election of the “new” Committee and discussion of the 2021 membership fee; the Committee is not proposing an increase.  Under “Any Other Business” members can raise any issue that they want to discuss.

Afterwards there will be an illustrated talk by Paul Stephenson about Pests & Diseases of Vegetables.  This is the third of his (gentle) talks based on the Botany of plants, although this time he diversifies into Zoology and Virology!

All RAGA members present will be issued with a complimentary raffle ticket and a draw will take place for a number of gardening prizes.  Free light refreshments will be served, and the bar will be open for the purchase of soft and alcoholic drinks.

2) COACH VISIT 2020

The Committee is considering organizing a coach trip to Wisley Gardens in 2020 (followed by a trip to Hyde Hall Gardens in 2021).  We could go again in September when they hold the Wisley Show: a combination of trade stalls and the National Dahlia Show.  Alternatively, we could give members a chance to see Wisley at a different time of year, perhaps when there is a small event organized by one of the specialist plant societies that use Wisley as their venue.  All this will be raised at the AGM and members’ opinions sought.  If you cannot make the AGM but want to make your views known, please contact any Committee Member, or leave a message at the shop.

3) RAGA SHOW REPORT AND RESULTS from 2019

This year’s RAGA Show again was held in the Thomas Aveling school hall,

Horticultural Judges – Chris Passey (Sevenoaks)

Home Produce Judge – Jennifer Goodban (Wainscott)

               AWARDS

Brian Davies Memorial Rosebowl                    Steven Pettifer

Vegetables/Fruit Trophy                                   John Roach

Flowers Trophy                                                 TBD1

Home Produce Trophy                                     TBD2

RHS Banksian Horticultural Medal                  Paul Stephenson

New Winner Horticultural Trophy                     TBD2

Other Class Winners       (Full list of placings on the main allotment notice board.)

TBD3

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