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Letter from Mayor of Hillingdon

Letter from Mayor
of Hillingdon

Our Chairman, Gerry Edwards, who is Chairman of the Royal Horticultural Society's Fruit Group, has just had a book published by the National Vegetable Society, aimed at gardeners & allotmenteers wishing to grow fruit for the first time and those wishing to expand their range of knowledge. Copies are available from Gerry at £3.99 plus postage. If you'd like a copy please email Gerry: gerryedwards@blueyonder.co.uk
or phone on 07768 657797. Gerry is very happy to sign a book should you wish.

News from the Trading Hut
The Hut has re-opened for sales.
Seed Potatoes:
Early CHARLOTTE Excellent flavour.
Early INTERNATIONAL KIDNEY Small, mild, and waxy. Also known as "Jersey Royals".
Main crop (red) DESIREE A tested variety on our type of soil.
Main crop (white) KESTREL An excellent eater with resistance to slugs.
Main crop PINK FIR APPLE Very knobbly, delicious flavour.
Come early as demand is expected to be heavy based on previous experience.
Onion Sets - excellent value for money.
Again our onion sets are:
Lots of slug pellets in stock including a limited stock of organic pellets.
Wanted Hut Volunteers.
Rewards - good company plus 20% discount on most purchases plus honorary membership. Contact me if you can help out one Sunday in four for light sales work. Rota swaps can be arranged when needed. Please contact Alan Thomas on 020 8429 0901.
Remember to renew your Membership, it's still only £3.
PLEASE NOTE: All members are asked to produce their membership cards on entering the Trading Hut.

Would members please help out by passing on any spare, empty, clean plastic shopping bags for use at the Trading Hut.
Finally may I thank all volunteers who have helped at the hut for their support during the year.
Alan Thomas - Trading Secretary.

RHS London Harvest Show 2016
RHS London Harvest Show 2016

RHS Fruit and Vegetable Competition
On 4 October 2016 EHS won the Affiliated Societies Cup for the best collection of apples and the EJ White Trophy for the best dish of dessert apples at the RHS London Harvest Show. Both displays made by Gerry Edwards.
The nine dishes of apples and pears comprised Ashmead's Kernel, Cox's Orange Pippin, Egremont Russet, Golden Delicious and Royal Gala (all dessert apples), Bramley's Seedling and Howgate Wonder (both cooking apples) and Conference and Doyenne du Comice (both dessert pears).
We were up against stiff competition from Nottinghamshire and Devon but won the Affiliated Societies Cup for the best Exhibit as well as the E.J. White Trophy for the best dish of dessert apples. Coincidentally E.J. (Ted) White was a member of Eastcote Horticultural Society for many years. Many thanks to Colin Spires for helping Gerry finalise the selection.

EHS supported the "Picnic in the Park" at Eastcote House Gardens on Saturday 4th June. We had a stall selling bedding plants. It was a fine day with a range of activities for all ages, ranging from choral performances, dog show and bee keeping.