Please will members note that the Membership Secretary is:
Mrs Kate Chambers,
Low Mead, Upper Pond Street,
Duddenhoe End, CB11 4UT
Tel: 01763 838 754 or
to whom all membership enquiries and renewals should be directed.
A membership form is available to download here.
2019 – 2020
ESSEX DAHLIA SOCIETY ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP
£5.00 per member due November each year
Affiliated societies: £5.00
The Society has had a very interesting and challenging year. Without doubt the 2018 season was a challenging year for all those growing and showing.
To describe the weather throughout the spring and summer as unseasonal is an understatement. Now but perhaps a dim and distant memory the spring was exceptionally cold and echoes of the 1976 summer came flooding back with the prolonged heat and extensive dry spell. It was always going to have an effect and indeed it did certainly to the early shows however to their eternal credit our members responded magnificently.
It would be fair to say that the summer heat had a very serious effect on our early mini show. The members did what they could but the heat effects were obvious for all to see in terms of both quantity and quality. The late mini show however was a wonder to behold. The mini show, in effect, became a full show. There were over 200 vases staged which made for a magnificent show. The Society would like to thank all of those qualified judges who helped out with the judging on the night – something of an innovation for the Society which we thought was a great success and as you will see from this year’s schedule something which we intend to repeat. Judging at the late mini show this year will be by invitation to qualified judges present at the show. Congratulations in particular go to Kevin Moores who, being one of our more recent members, and in the face of all that competition secured the bronze and best single bloom.
The main show this year moved to the Northumberland Building on the Lordship Campus at Writtle University College. It was without doubt a resounding success. The Society was delighted by a visit from Essex Radio. Their broadcast brought in dozens of people on a rainy afternoon. It was a great delight to all of the exhibitors to see so many members of the public marvelling at the blooms. We hope to repeat it this year and once again invite Essex Radio to the show. The Society was very pleased with the new venue at the Northumberland Building. The hall was superb and the facilities ideal for the show. The Society remains extremely grateful to the University authorities for their assistance and support. To that end please see our 2019 programme. Both the Annual General Meeting, the later plant sale and the mini shows will now be held at the University but, like our very first show at Writtle, will be held in the main campus building. The facilities at the University match those of our previous venue at St John Payne’s School however the Society regrets that the increasing charges imposed by the School means that to hold the mini shows there is no longer financially viable.
Finance is always at the forefront of our mind and as the members know our plant sale is vital life blood for the financial survival of the Society. There will accordingly be two plants sales this year. The first will be held at the Essex Young Farmer’s Show which takes place on Sunday 19th May not far from the University. We will be selling dahlias only at this event. The committee hope to have approaching 1,000 cuttings available together with additional potted tubers. We hope to have both show and garden varieties available. If you wish to attend it will be a great day out but please note that entry is charged to the site. Our second plant sale will take place on 25th May prior to the Annual General Meeting in the main hall at the University. This, as before, will be open to the public, is free entry, and we hope to have the same varied selection available as in previous years but once again will include many show varieties at very reasonable prices. May we wish you all a good showing year.