Nonington's History

For detailed history of Nonington visit Clive Webb's The Old Parish of Nonington.

Our Surroundings

The village is central to some excellent walks and heritage trails. Our own historic church was built over 900 years ago. FredvilleSt 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.



Nonington School

Link To Nonington School Website




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


                      Trip Organisers:  


Committee:  Di Mouzakitis , Carol Goodall, Michael Parker




The Gardening Club welcomes all villagers to take part in its programme of events for 2017/18. We have over 50 members and are always happy to see new ones. You don’t have to be a plant expert in any way! There is something for every level of skill and interest.

Our programme of speakers for 2017/18 is listed on the Programme page. These events are for everyone, whether a member or not. To help with costs there is a charge of £2 for non-members.

Annual membership subscription for 2017 is £5 per person,  .  

If you would like further details about the Gardening Club, contact: Chairman– Barry Rampton – Tel: 01304849112


Monthly Reports 2018/19




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


On the evening of Wednesday 13th June the Garden Club had an extremely interesting talk on Irises from Sue Marshall of Sissinghurst.
Sue began by telling members the history of the Iris and how the rhizome was used for medicinal purposes as Orris. She then continued by telling the audience of the different types of irises and what the conditions are needed for growing them-damp, sun or part shade and soil type. It was interesting to note that some plants flower twice a year.  Irises fall into two main groups, bearded and non bearded which, include tall bearded, intermediate, short bearded, Sibirica and Ensata. Members were then treated to a spectacular  slide show of some of the 10,000 Sue grows at her nursery. A lot of the plants are used at Shows including Chelsea. They come in all sorts of colours, sizes and shapes.
Sue was warmly thanked by all the members.
The winner of the monthly competition was Pauline Hales with a beautiful small black iris.
Next month's meeting is on the 11th July when the Speaker will be Katherine Lynn of Ticehurst talking about , How To Love Weeds and the competition is, 3 Weeds in a Mug.


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.”


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