AGM: Monday 5th March 2018

Annual General Meeting of the Friends of Jubilee Gardens Ely – Monday 5th March 2018 at 7.00 pm in St Peter’s Church Meeting Room, Broad Street, Ely

Come along and hear what we have achieved this year and learn more about the exciting plans proposed for 2018.

Pauline Sherwood who has led the Friends for the past three years is retiring and we welcome Dr John Crawford as our new Chairman.

The Treasurer’s Report, Chairman’s Report and Minutes of the last AGM will be available at the meeting, but if you would like them sent to you beforehand, please contact Jane Blanchard by email:  janeblanchard@btinternet.com.

After a brief, formal AGM we will break for light refreshments followed by the showing of a DVD made of the TIME TEAM’S excavations before the Gardens were designed and planted.

The Friends are eager to keep the Gardens looking full of colour and interest and this year will be replacing several old areas of planting.    Your subscriptions finance these projects.   May I take this opportunity to remind you that we have just started a new financial year and the 2018 subscriptions are due.    I appreciate that some Friends may have joined in the last few months and as we operate a rolling programme, please renew your subscription at the appropriate time.

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2017 Christmas Wrap Up!

Christmas will soon be upon us!

Friends of Jubilee Gardens, Ely would be delighted if you would join us at Babylon Gallery on 7th December at 7.30 pm for an evening of Christmas Gift Wrapping fun, mulled wine and mince pies. Essential fund raising towards plants and trees for the beautiful gardens.

Sarah will share some gift wrapping ideas along with simple solutions to presenting those awkward shaped gifts to your family and friends There will be time to join in the fun with wrapping, whilst enjoying a glass of mulled wine, a mince pie along with those Christmas thoughts We look forward to seeing you.

Buy your ticket £6 from committee members or Burrows Bookshop.

 

Committee Members:
Pauline Sherwood, Chairman email: pdsherwood@talktalk.net
John Crawford, Vice Chairman
Jane Blanchard, Secretary
Matthew Cooper, Treasurer
Ann Laird, Membership secretary
Chris Light, Publicity
Mandy Powell
Sheila Friend Smith
Sarah Canham
Patricia Simmonds
Judith Lockyear
Tim McCready, East Cambs District Council representative

Join our Gardening Working Parties

Do come and join in at our sociable gardening working parties in Jubilee Gardens, Ely.

The final two dates of the season will be:

Wednesday October 11th
Wednesday November 8th

Any time during the morning; these are the days when the council gardeners are on hand and can deal with any debris we make.

Summer Outing – Tuesday 11th July 2017

Blacksmiths Cottage Nursery and Bressingham Steam and Gardens

Tuesday 11th July.

Travelling by coach from Ely’s Barton Square car park, we will start off with coffee before a guided tour of Blacksmiths Cottage Nursery: a small family run, traditional plant nursery growing over 2,000 different species of hardy perennial plants. Should be an interesting visit for gardeners, the display borders hold a collection of heritage, regional and unusual, garden-worthy perennial plant species. They grow around 85% of the plants from their own stock including some rare species. The gardens are also home to a wide variety of exotic animals and birds.

Following your own picnic lunch, we will travel onto Bressingham to spend the afternoon enjoying the gardens; renowned worldwide for their horticultural excellence.  Adrian Bloom and his father Alan have each created a six acre garden, the Dell and Foggy Bottom. Together with four linking gardens, there are now 8,000 species and varieties on display in 17 acres of rolling countryside.

What better way to explore the beautiful gardens and woodlands of Bressingham than by climbing aboard a magnificent steam engine! With over four miles of narrow-gauge steam lines and four journeys to choose from, it’s the perfect way to relax and enjoy the scenery! Our tickets also give us access to the Steam Museum and unlimited rides on the trains and we can even have a ride or 3 on the gallopers!  We will end the day with afternoon tea and expect to be back in Ely at about 6:30pm

The cost of this day including coach travel, entrance fees, morning coffee, afternoon tea and guided tour will be £33 to Friends and guests. Please bring your own picnic for lunch.

For further details and booking form, please contact our Events Secretary by email: a.l.powell@hotmail.co.uk or call 01353 360273

Summer Outing Tuesday 11th July 2017

Blacksmiths Cottage Nursery and Bressingham Steam and Gardens

Travelling by coach from Ely’s Barton Square car park, we will start off with coffee before a guided tour of Blacksmiths Cottage Nursery: a small family run, traditional plant nursery growing over 2,000 different species of hardy perennial plants. Should be an interesting visit for gardeners, the display borders hold a collection of heritage, regional and unusual, garden-worthy perennial plant species. They grow around 85% of the plants from their own stock including some rare species. The gardens are also home to a wide variety of exotic animals and birds.

Following your own picnic lunch, we will travel onto Bressingham to spend the afternoon enjoying the gardens; renowned worldwide for their horticultural excellence.  Adrian Bloom and his father Alan have each created a six acre garden, the Dell and Foggy Bottom. Together with four linking gardens, there are now 8,000 species and varieties on display in 17 acres of rolling countryside.

What better way to explore the beautiful gardens and woodlands of Bressingham than by climbing aboard a magnificent steam engine! With over four miles of narrow-gauge steam lines and four journeys to choose from, it’s the perfect way to relax and enjoy the scenery! Our tickets also give us access to the Steam Museum and unlimited rides on the trains and we can even have a ride or 3 on the gallopers!  We will end the day with afternoon tea and expect to be back in Ely at about 6:30pm

The cost of this day including coach travel, entrance fees, morning coffee, afternoon tea and guided tour will be £33 to Friends and guests. Please bring your own picnic for lunch.

For further details and booking form, please contact our Events Secretary by email: a.l.powell@hotmail.co.uk

Octagon Dance Display: Monday 1st May

Jubilee Gardens will be in full use during the annual Ely Eel Weekend celebrations and we are pleased to support the Octagon Dance Studio’s Dance Display at 10.30 am on Monday 1st May in the Bandstand.

The Friends will be their to promote and recruit new members as well as collecting money to purchase more plants.

Annual General Meeting: 23rd March 2017

Our AGM will be held at 7.30 pm on Thursday 23rd March in St Peters Hall in Broad Street, Ely.

All friends and visitors are welcome and we will take this opportunity to elect and introduce your new committee and thank the retiring members.

We look forward to seeing you there to discuss future projects and share ideas.

We shall also have an informal talk by Sheila Friend-Smith about the formation of the Gardens in 2002, its progress since then and plans for the future.


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