Lavant Horticultural Society, Chichester

Lavant Horticultuiral Society

Chairman’s Garden Open Evening Thursday 6th June

More than 60 members spent a wonderful summer's evening at Mike and Jacki Kingsford's remarkable garden.

The weather was absolutely perfect and the happy atmosphere was helped by a glass of Prosecco.

The garden is extremely large, with immaculate lawns and deep, well planted and maintained borders, as well as beautifully arranged areas of vegetable and fruit production.

This is all the more impressive as when Mike and Jacki moved in they found that many years of neglect had allowed the whole garden to develop into an unkempt jungle of trees and thickets. The site had to be cleared and levels set before any creative work could begin. Some of the best examples of the trees were retained to help form the structure of the new garden.

The high standard of the garden today is a tribute to Mike's indefatigable work, organisation and vision.

All proceeds from this event went to the Aldingbourne Trust. Peter Stanley, Aldingbourne's General Manager, described the Trust's wide range of work aimed at helping people with disabilities to become full and active citizens. The proceeds from this event will be going towards Aldingbourne's project of developing the area immediately behind Bognor Regis library into a community garden.

We are also very grateful to Sarah Newman who gave a talk and demonstration on flower arranging that was much appreciated by an attentive audience ranging from novices to experienced flower arrangers.

If you live Lavant, Summersdale or neighbouring areas

why not become a member of Lavant Horticultural Society ?

new members will always find a warm welcome.

The annual membership fee is only £7 per person.

This is very good value for money, as the monthly meetings are then free of charge

I(even more so if you take into account the complimentary glass of wine & finger buffet at the AGM)I

If you are interested, please contact Membership Secretary, Margaret Rhodes, at

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or catch up with her at any Society meeting or event.

Visitors are always welcome at our regular monthly meetings for an entrance fee of £2.

Lavant Horticultural Society

can trace its history back some 70 years.

Today it is very active, providing a monthly programme of talks and events throughout the year, in a friendly atmosphere, for its membership of some 140.

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Good well rotted horse manure is on offer to members, free of charge.

For collection from East Ashling - good vehicular access.

Takers must fill it into their own bags.

If interested, please e-mail:

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Main courses

Annual Buffet Supper

Wednesday 13th February

53 members and guests enjoyed this year's supper, which followed the traditional "bring & share" format.

Social Secretary Liz Hewitt had orchestrated a wide variety of tasty dishes and accompaniments for the main course, followed by a rich selection of mouth-watering desserts.

Pauline Williams won the horticulturally themed picture quiz (well, if you can identify a cucumber straightener, you deserve to). The general knowledge table quiz had everyone delving deep into their memory & puzzling over the cryptic questions.

All in all, a very enjoyable evening spent in good company.


More views of the Supper

Annual General Meeting 2018  Wednesday 10th November

The officers of the Society, Chairman Michael Kingsford, Secretary Margaret Rhodes and Treasurer Lesley West, all presented themselves for a further term and were unanimously re-elected by the members present.

The other members of the committee were also re-elected for another year and two additonal members were proposed and elected: Linda Hughes and Colin Richardson. Full details of the Committee can be found on the 'Contacts' page.

Robert Newman gave a presentation on GPDR (see below) and its implications for our Society.

On completion of the official business, the social side of the evening took over,

as members enjoyed a complimentary glass of wine and an excllent finger buffet

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The AGM adopted, with immediate effect, a GDPR-compliant

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personal information they may hold.