Clows Top and District Gardening Club

MARCH can be a tricky month weatherwise, with sunshine one day, hard frost the next and often very windy. However, the daylight hours are getting longer and the ground is warming up. Daffodils and spring bulbs are giving fabulous displays. If time and weather permits try and do some weeding. You will benefit from this early start later in the year.

At the January meeting Rachel, a florist based at Mawley Oak garage, gave a demonstration of hand-tied bouquets. It was lovely to watch an artist at work – she made it look so easy and explained everything at each stage of the arrangement. Members found it very inspiring to try something themselves at home.

On the evening of November 7, Kidderminster hosted the annual inter-club quiz for the Jim Greenhow Shield. There were four teams represented from Astley, Bewdley, Clows Top and Kidderminster. Congratulations were given to the Clows Top team for winning the shield with a brilliant performance. If you’re not a member then you can join in at one of the monthly meetings. It’s a great opportunity for you to share your thoughts, ideas and advice with other members. The group has a great programme of speakers as well as evening visits to local gardens and an annual coach trip to Barnsdale Gardens in June.

The next meeting will be on March 26, and the evening will be the spring show and inter-club quiz, hosted by Derek Walker.

Diary Dates

  • April 23 – potagers, Chrissy Ching
  • May 17 – plant sale
  • May 28 – Hardy Plant Society, Vivienne McGee
  • June 25 – low garden maintenance, Carol Smith
  • July 23 – tales from Garden Labels, Dr Murray Mylechreest
  • August 16 – Clows Top summer show
  • August 27 – carnivorous plant, Mike King
  • September 24 – 60 years of wildlife photography, John Robinson
  • October 22 – I’m not much good at gardening, David Morgan
  • November 26 – Hartlebury Common, Dr Joy Rooney.

Clows Top and District Gardening Club meet the fourth Wednesday in the calendar month at Clows Top Victory Hall. Doors open 7.30pm. If you require further details please telephone Marion Wilson 01299 270475, or email the club on


Richards Castle Local History Group

THE Richards Castle Local History Group will meet this evening, at 7.30pm in the village hall. Local historian Alf Jenkins will talk about his childhood on the Clee Hills and his experiences as a rural lad at Ludlow Grammar School. All are welcome, the entrance £2 and refreshments will be available.


South West Shropshire Gardening Club

IS off to Ashwood Nurseries, Wednesday, to enjoy a feast of winter and spring plants. There are only two tickets left , £10 each, so contact Heather on 01588 650610 if you are interested.


Westhope Clover Club

WESTHOPE Clover Club opens again on March 6. Doors open at 7pm. The speaker will be Graham Massey, Legal Solutions, and will talk on tax care and toy boys. Members believe they know about tax and care and some are eager to know more. Visitors are always welcome.