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Borehamwood & District Garden Society appeals for new members
Members of a garden society hope a reunion was “just the start” in rebuilding their once popular and well-loved club.
Just 17 people attended the Borehamwood & District Garden Craft Society’s reunion at Allum Hall, in Allum Lane, Elstree, last Thursday.
But back in the 1950s, the club had around 400 members.
Rose Barry, the club’s publicity officer, said: “It was heartening to find members from an era when the society was doing so well.
“It was a lovely day and really marvellous to hear some of the interest and excitement in our club from those days.
“So many people shared their memories and people bought in their winning trophies from the 1950s, hale and hearty. We also toasted absent friends and members. It was a great day.”
The society was set up following the end of the Second World War to promote gardening skills as a hobby and today holds annual flower and vegetable competitions.
But since its heyday, membership has fallen and in 2011 the club was on the brink of closure as members plummeted from 750 to just 60.
At the time, club secretary Len Anderson believed the reason for the decline was due to the development of Borehamwood, which left people with less garden space.
Mrs Barry hopes the reunion will spark a surge in membership and is calling on more people to join the club.
She added: “The reunion was just the start. It’s like we’re Cinderella and we’ll go to the ball one day.
“I want to concentrate on the future now and rebuild the society.”
The society’s next event is the autumn show, which will be held on September 21 at Allum Hall from 2pm to 4.30pm.
Anyone who wants to join the club should contact Ann Shuker on 07973184077.
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