For detailed history of Nonington visit Clive Webb's The Old Parish of Nonington.
The village is central to some excellent walks and heritage trails. Our own historic church was built over 900 years ago. Fredville, St Albans Court and Knowlton Court cover much of the land surrounding the village. The villages of Barfrestone, Goodnestone - where Jane Austen used to stay, Eastry where Lord Nelson was a guest at Heronden House and Broome Park, the home of Lord Kitchener, are just a few miles away.
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President:Peter Hobbs M.A(Oxon),C.C.I.P.D., F.R.S.A.
Chairman: Barry Rampton 01304849112
Assistant-Chairman: Di Mouzakitis
Hon. Treasurer: Janet Holness
Events Secretary: Barbara Rampton
Minute Secretary: Pauline Hodding
Raffle Secretaries: Mary Bowden & Eileen Seddon
Press Officer: Ann Palmer
Village Hall Rep: Janice Willett
Committee: Di Mouzakitis , Carol Goodall, Michael Parker
Nonington Garden Club had its latest meeting on 9 May 2018 in the Village Hall, which gave members a chance to rest from their labours over the recent Bank Holiday which was lovely and warm!
The speaker was Sue Buckingham on ‘The Thrill of Wild Orchids’. She gave us a very entertaining speech on the names of many orchids. It was obvious from her lovely photos how the orchids came to be so aptly named after animals and humans.
The monthly competition was ‘An Indoor Orchid Plant’ attracted a number of entries with first prize going to Jane Vurley, followed up by Pat Clayton and Pauline Hales.
The Club will be having a stall at the summer fete on 15 July and if members have any plants, vegetables, jam etc to donate that would be wonderful. There will also be a flower arranging competition for a display that is a maximum of 9” high by 9” wide.
There will be several trips including a visit to Marshborough on 21 June and please let the club know if you wish to come at the next meeting on 13th June. The Speaker will be Sue Marshall talking about ‘The English Love Affair with Irises’ and if you have a lovely iris please bring it along for the monthly competition.
Winners of the Monthly Competition
An Indoor Orchid Plant
Nonington Garden Club held its latest meeting on 11 July 2018 in the Village Hall and was well attended despite being in competition with England playing in the semi-final for the Football World Cup.
The speaker was Kathrine Lynn on ‘How to Love Weeds’ which was very enjoyable as we all manage to grow weeds whether we want to or not! A weed can be considered as a plant growing in the wrong place or whose value has not been discovered yet eg for medicinal use. Weeds can be minimised by close planting of desirable plants and ground cover plants.
The monthly competition was ‘3 Weeds in a Mug’ which attracted a lot of entries with first prize going to Pat Clayton, followed up by Ann Palmer and Pauline Hales.
Lesley Pilcher was remembered with a poem ‘There is Peace Within a Garden’ which was included in her funeral service earlier in the day. Lesley enjoyed gardening as her second career and trained with the RHS.
As usual there is no meeting in August but members and partners are invited to come to a Barbeque at Barry and Barb’s – please let them know if you are planning to attend.
The next meeting will be on the 12th September on ‘National Plant Collections’ by Philip Oostenbrink in the Village Hall, Nonington at 7.30pm. The competition will be “3 Roses of any Variety in a Vase.”
Nonington Garden Club held its latest meeting on 10 October 2018 in the Village Hall and was well attended. The speaker was Mercy Morris of Herne Bay on the topic of ‘House and Air Plants’ which was very interesting. We learnt that people keep live plants indoors as they enjoy nurturing something. Succulent plants have become trendy recently with photographs being placed on social media.
Some people think of their living plants as pets and can be very upset when one dies. Cuttings of plants can also be passed down the generations of a family. The competition was ‘A Flowering Pot Plant ’with Val, Carol and Ann in the top 3 with a variety of orchids.
A draft schedule of the classes for the Spring Show was made available so that planning and planting of bulbs can be started now in time for the show. The Christmas celebration will be in the usual format as agreed by members.
The next meeting will be held on 14th November and the Speaker will be David Bradley on ‘Fruit Growing in Kent’. The competition will be ‘An Arrangement of Foliage’ (no flowers).
Nonington Garden Club held its latest meeting on 14 November 2018 in the Village Hall and was very well attended. The speaker was David Bradley on the subject of ‘Apple Growing in Kent’. There were a lot of interesting facts about commercial fruit growing, one of which was that cider was legal tender for agricultural workers until 1917!
The competition was ‘an arrangement of foliage’ with lots of lovely autumn colours. The top 3 entries came from Cheryl, Barbara and Barry.
Thanks were given to Angela Worman for laying a wreath on behalf of the Club at the recent Remembrance Sunday service.
In December instead of a meeting there will be Christmas festivities and if you wish to attend please inform the Chairman, if you haven’t already added your name to the list.
The Spring Show will be on 30 March 2019 so now is the time to start planning and planting your entries. The photograph category will be a photo of ‘Your Garden in Winter’ so you need to be looking for photo opportunities over the coming months.
Nonington Garden Club held its Christmas Party on 12 December 2018 in the Village Hall which looked very festive with lights and decorations. There was a quiz and carol singing and entertainment from the ‘Two Barrys’. There was a lovely spread of food provided by members and a lovely fruit punch. There was a sad note as we were informed that one of our members, Eric Hawkes died yesterday after being ill for some time.
The first meeting of 2019 will be on Wednesday 9 January at 7.30pm in Nonington Village Hall. New people are always welcome to come along as guests and can join the club another time if they enjoy the experience. The speaker in January will be Jackie Aviolet on ‘Herbs and their Uses’ which may appeal to a wider group of people than gardeners. The competition will be ‘An original poem about herbs’ so you may want to sit down and write something when the weather isn’t favourable for gardening!
Nonington Gardening Club’s first meeting of 2019 was held on Wednesday 9th January. Meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm in Nonington Village Hall. New people are always welcome to come along as guests and visitors were welcomed from Shepherdswell and South Africa.
Members were given a programme for the Spring Show to be held on 30th March so that they have time to plan which categories they wish to enter. The Garden Open Days will be held on 29th and 30th June and if you wish to open your garden please contact the Chairman for further information.
The speaker was Jackie Aviolet on ‘Herbs and their Uses’. As on her previous visits, Jackie was very entertaining as she explained that a lot of herbs were introduced by the Romans. Herbs can be edible which is why gardeners grow them today and the other uses are medicinal and cosmetic.
The competition was an ‘An original poem about herbs’ which proved popular and the winning 3 by Pauline Hodding, Dick Henley and Libby Merricks were read out. The next meeting is 13th February and the speaker will be Steve Edney on ‘the Salutation Gardens’ which are in nearby Sandwich. The competition will be ‘A photograph of your garden’ so start snapping or searching your albums in readiness.
As a child living in Sandwich I wondered what lay behind the old brick and flint high wall of the Salutation grounds. Of course, in recent years the secrets have been revealed, with the gardens being open to the public. Steve Edney, the head gardener there, told us more at the February 13th meeting of the club.
The theme of the illustrated talk was “Succession Planting”, but Steve also included anecdotes about his encounters with celebrities in the gardening world, e.g. at the Hampton Court Flower Show where his garden won a gold medal. This year he will be showing at Chelsea too.
He told us about re- establishing the Salutation garden after the flood 5 years ago and how he now approaches the planning. The rules he uses start with “Know what you plant” and “Know your soil” . We were advised to choose plants with long flowering seasons and good foliage cover. He also talked about: “Succession on the Wild Side” in the wild flower meadow where 10,000 bulbs have been planted to attract pollinating insects. This is a low maintenance area, where, with the right mowing regime, wild plants, such as the Birds Nest Orchid, have established themselves unaided. There were many other helpful suggestions about plant characteristics which were greeted with appreciative sounds from the audience.
Steve was introduced and thanked by Di Mouzakitis as Barry Rampton is recovering from illness. Everyone wished him well. The photo competition was won by Barbara Rampton, with Pauline Hodding and Pat Clayton second and third. The next meeting is on March 13th at 7.30 pm in the village hall when Anita Sedgewick will speak on “The Historic Landscape of Kearsney Abbey”. The competition is for a vase of 3 spring flowers. All are welcome. Also on March 30th the Spring Show takes place. This is open to all.