Money-no-object gardening designs in Bolton-by-Bowland

Whist drive - There will be a whist and domino drive in Bolton-by-Bowland Village Hall on Wednesday, at 7-30 p.m. Admission £2.50 including supper.

Garden club - Chairman of Bolland Gardening Club, Bolton-by-Bowland, Mrs Margaret Middleton introduced Kevin Pratt, who gave an illustrated talk about “The Private Plants and Gardens of Cheshire”. He began by talking about gardens he had designed and now maintains in the millionaire belt south of Manchester. Among his clients are a number of footballers and a racing driver, most of whom had bought an existing house, demolished it and rebuilt from scratch. Gardens were designed on a money no object basis, with features ranging from a giant marble chess board to a water feature so large it had to be installed by crane over the house. Despite, or perhaps because of these excesses, the area is plagued with constant building works and a magnet for thieves. This part of the talk was an eye-opener as to how the other half lives.

In the second half he talked about one of his proudest achievements, when he spent a year designing parts of the garden at Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons, the restaurant run by Raymond Blanc. This was followed by a question and answer session and the chance to buy plants from his nursery, where he holds a National Collection of Fritillaries.

Thanks were given by Mandy Adamson and refreshments were provided by Mesdames Hartshorne, M. Lord and Ratcliffe.

During the AGM, officers elected were: Mrs Middleton (chairman); Mrs J. Craddock (vice-chairman); Mrs S. Farmer (secretary); Mrs J. Tippets (treasurer); Mrs M. Adamson (show secretary). Retiring secretary Mrs P. Cunningham was thanked by the chairman.

The next meeting will be on Wednesday, March 9th, when Mr K. Preston will talk about “Sweet Peas”. The meeting due to have been held on January 12th, had to be cancelled as the village hall was unavailable.

Young farmers - Members of Bolton-by-Bowland Young Farmers’ Club met on Monday night to go to Blackburn Ice Skating Arena. A fun night was enjoyed by everyone.

Next week’s meeting is stock-judging at Keith Whitwell’s farm, members to meet in the village at 7-15 p.m. Please ensure suitable clothing is worn, i.e wellies and coats, as it could be a cold night.

New members are always welcome, and for information about the club contact Eleanor or go to the Facebook page.