VPA Looking to the Future

I’ve been sorting out my laptop recently and checking my word document folders to try and reduce some of the volume. When I checked the VPA files I couldn’t believe that I’ve been writing on behalf of the VPA every month for the last five years.

Looking through the files in previous years it was clear that the VPA was busy with monthly meetings including speakers, plant sales, summer and autumn shows, outings, AGM and an end of year social. However, given the reduction in support of our events and activities over recent years we have had to reduce our events to a Summer Show, an occasional outing and a Social in December in order to keep the VPA going. Please remember – all Upton and Blewbury residents have free membership to the VPA.

With the lockdown and other Government restrictions it has become apparent that more residents are becoming involved in ‘grow your own’.   So, maybe when this ghastly coronavirus has been dealt with and we can get back to some sort of normality, we will be able to build up the VPA as it was a few years ago to help and support budding gardeners in Upton and Blewbury.

It has been so disappointing that because of the Copid-19 pandemic we had to cancel our Summer Show which should have taken place in July and with the current ‘Rule of Six’ restrictions in operation we now have to advise that we are cancelling our planned Social in December. It is unlikely that things will have improved sufficiently by the beginning of December to take the chance of having (or being allowed to have) a large social gathering.

But, don’t forget we have organised a special competition to take place on Saturday 12th December. The details were in the October issue of the Upton News and are also available at Blewbury Post Office or from Maggie Maytham at Toad Hall (850126). If you want to take part, register your details at the Post Office by the 30th November or if you want more information, you can send an email to vpa.in.bl.up@gmail.com. Please support the VPA and take part

Did you know:-The average tree will drink roughly 2,000 litres of water each year and did you know wood from the pear tree is still used in the manufacture of high-quality woodwind instruments.

Happy Gardening, keep well and safe