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The gardening club currently meets upstairs in the Town House, Church End, Barley on the first Wednesday of each month, except for January, February and November.  The meetings start at 8 pm but the hall is open from 7.30 pm. There is ample free parking to the rear of the Town House and the entrance to the hall is also at the rear where there is 1 parking place for use of those with a disability.      

At each meeting we usually have a speaker covering the various aspects of gardening and related topics.  We try to vary this and more recently we have been trying to visit local gardens for our Spring/Summer evening meetings as an alternative to having speakers in the Town House. This seems to have proved very popular and we hope to continue to do so.         

Download the diary of activities and talks for 2017/18.

Membership is currently £10 per person for the year. (2017/18)   
Visitors are always welcome at £2 per meeting.      

Each evening we provide refreshments and hold a raffle.  We are also hoping next year to reintroduce our sales table where members can bring along plants, produce or home made jams and chutneys to sell on a 50-50 basis.     

Our Annual General Meeting is held on the first Wednesday of April when memberships are due for renewal.        

If anyone would like to come along to any of our meetings or would like further information regarding our club please contact Robina Zygmunt (Coordinator).     

All members and visitors can be sure of a warm welcome.  

History of Barley Gardening Club 

 The Barley Horticultural Society is a very well established village club which began its long and interesting history in the late 19th century. This saw the beginning of the Barley Flower Show when the whole village used to participate. In days gone by it was the norm for the winner's name for every event to be listed in the local newspaper.

Barley Gardening Club was formed by a group of enthusiastic parish residents while attending a Parish Meeting. Following the meeting they advertised and were rewarded by an overwhelming response. The first successful meeting was held in the Town House, starting with hired slides and printed details of Clematis.

In 1992 due to the club’s affiliation with the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) we were invited to exhibit at the Chelsea Flower Show.   Our application was successful and the club entered for four consecutive years between 1992 and 1995 and returned with a medal on each occasion.  

SILVER - 1992

BRONZE - 1993 

SILVER GILT - 1994 

BRONZE - 1995  

Photos of the entries can be seen displayed in the undercroft of the Town House. Due to the club’s  affiliation to the RHS, the Flower Show receive a medal from them each year to award at the Show. 

Over the years the club has been fortunate to have had many interesting speakers covering a wide variety of subjects on gardening, nature and the outdoors. We have also enjoyed many day trips to popular gardens a little further afield.  The Club has also organised Open Gardens in the village for charity and these have been great fun, especially the cream teas!

Contact
Robina Zygmunt - Coordinator  -  01763 848123  
Mel Chammings - Membership Secretary - 01763 848991  
Robin Saklatvala - Secretary - 01763 848992  
Rosamund Williams - Treasurer - 01763 848504