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East Anglian Area

Representative :
John Taylor

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   The East Anglian Area has been in existence now since 1988 formally being the Peterborough Begonia Group.  John Taylor is the area representative taking over from Dave Staines.  John became the representative in Autumn 1993, he has been growing begonias for over 30 years mainly double tuberous and rexes he also enjoys designing and erecting stands of begonias with a different theme each year mainly in aid of charities.wpe11.jpg (22290 bytes) The area is run by a group of enthusiastic members one of whom was the late Roy Mackey who was a well known character and an enthusiastic grower of cut blooms.  Roy is greatly missed as he was known as the man who can.  If any member wanted something in the begonia world they would ring up Roy and if Roy hadnít got it he invariably knew someone who had.  He was a man with an enquiring brain and loved nothing better than experimenting with composts etc. to better our begonias.
The late Roy Mackey, stalwart Area member pictured at the National Show in 2001.

   The group meet up at the canteen, Castle Cement, Ketton, Stamford, Lincís three times a year and also hold a satellite meeting at Sawston , Cambridgeshire.  Most years we take a weekend trip over to the continent to visit shows or nurseries.  They also have a stand and bureau at the East Anglian Flower Show at Bourn, Cambís in June.  Their area show is held at the Baytree Garden Centre, Spalding on the second weekend in August each year.

 

2014

AREA SHOW
Baytree Nurseries,  Weston,  Spalding,  Lancs.
Saturday 9th. & Sunday 10th. August

Judge: Andrew McDougall
SCHEDULE     ENTRY FORM     RESULTS

MEETINGS
Sunday 2nd
. March 2.30pm   Plant & tuber sale

Sunday 23rd. March 2.30pm  Spring Meeting.
The Canteen, Castle Cement, Ketton, Stamford, Lincs.

2013

AREA SHOW
Baytree Nurseries,  Weston,  Spalding,  Lancs.
Saturday 10th. & Sunday 11th. August
Judge Dave Coates

SCHEDULE     ENTRY FORM     RESULTS     PICTURES

MEETINGS
Sunday 10
th. March 2.30pm   Plant & tuber sale

Sunday 24th. March 2.30pm  Spring Meeting.  Speaker Geoff Keer
Sunday 13th. October 2.30pm  Speaker John Taylor  PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
 
The Canteen, Castle Cement, Ketton, Stamford, Lincs.

April 2012

Congratulations to Dave Staines on being awarded a Silver Medal Award and also elected Vice Chairman at this years AGM.
Dave has been our Society's Archivist for many years and is a prominent Area member, exhibitor and hybridiser. Amongst his introductions the variety "Whispers" is probably the best known.
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2012

AREA SHOW
Baytree Nurseries,  Weston,  Spalding,  Lancs.
Saturday 18th. & Sunday 19th. August   NOTE NEW DATES
RESULTS     PICTURES

MEETINGS
Sunday 4
th. March 2.30pm   Plant & tuber sale

Sunday 25th. March 2.30pm  Speaker Alan Harris
Sunday 14th.  October 2.30pm  Speaker Dave Staines
 
The Canteen, Castle Cement, Ketton, Stamford, Lincs.

2011

AREA SHOW
Baytree Nurseries,  Weston,  Spalding,  Lancs.
Judge: Bob Bryce

Saturday 13th. & Sunday 14th. August
SCHEDULE           RESULTS          PICTURES

MEETINGS
Sunday 27
th. March 2.30pm  Speaker Dave Staines on hybridising.
Sunday 16
th. October 2.30pm

 
The Canteen, Castle Cement, Ketton, Stamford, Lincs.

2010

AREA SHOW
Saturday 14th. & Sunday 15th. August
Judge: Alan Bryce
SCHEDULE     RESULTS     PICTURES

MEETINGS

Sunday 7th. March 2.30pm - Plant Sale
Sunday 24
th. October 2.30pm - Speaker Jack Larter

 
The Canteen, Castle Cement, Ketton, Stamford, Lincs.

2009

AREA SHOW
Saturday 15th. & Sunday 16th. August
Judge: Alan Bryce
SCHEDULE    
RESULTS     PICTURES

MEETINGS

Sunday 1st. March 2.30pm - Plant Sale
Sunday 29th. March 2.30pm - Spring Meeting   Speaker Andrew MacDougall
Sunday 18th. October 2.30pm - Autumn meeting Speaker Alan Harris
 
The Canteen, Castle Cement, Ketton, Stamford, Lincs.

Sunday 7th. June
Chapel Field Community Centre, Link Road, Sawston, Cambridge

2008

AREA SHOW
Saturday 2nd. & Sunday 3rd. August
Baytree Garden Centre, High Road, Weston, Spalding, Lincolnshire.

Judge: Bob Bryce
SCHEDULE          RESULTS          PICTURES

MEETINGS
Sunday 16th. March 2.30pm - Plant Sale
CHANGE OF VENUE - This Meeting will now be held at EDITH WESTON VILLAGE HALL
Directions from John Taylor

Sunday 8th. June 2.30pm
Chapel Field Community Centre, Link Road, Sawston, Cambridge.

Sunday 19th. October 2.30pm  -  Speaker Alan Harris
 
The Canteen, Castle Cement, Ketton, Stamford, Lincs.

2007

AREA SHOW
Saturday 11th. & Sunday 12th. August
Baytree Garden Centre, High Road, Weston, Spalding, Lincolnshire.

Judge: Dave Coates
SCHEDULE   PICTURES

MEETINGS
Sunday 25th. March 2.30pm
The Canteen, Castle Cement, Ketton, Stamford, Lincs.

Sunday 15th. April 2.30pm  -  Plant Sale
The Canteen, Castle Cement, Ketton, Stamford, Lincs.

Sunday 3rd. June 2.30pm
Chapel Field Community Centre, Link Road, Sawston, Cambridge.

Sunday 21st. October 2.30pm  -  Speaker Stan Jenner.
The Canteen, Castle Cement, Ketton, Stamford, Lincs.


Alan Harris auctioneer with helpers.

     The Annual Plant Sale at the East Anglian Area was held on 15th April 2007 at Ketton Cement Works canteen. This is always the best supported meeting of the year and attracted about 70 members from a large area. There were somewhat fewer plants this year and as a consequence bidding was brisk and most tubers made good prices. This is the area's principal fund raiser of the year and was a huge success."

                                    Report & pictures by Alan Harris


Buyers from far and wide.

 
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A warm welcome from the Area Representative.

The East Anglian Area Spring Meeting  2007.

 The Area Meeting was held at Ketton Cement works canteen on Sunday 25th March, with about 40 members present.
  The Meeting opened with John Taylor giving a demonstration on his method of growing cutting tubers using the double pot method from Dave Coates. This was followed by a slide show following John's recent visit to New Zealand.
  The meeting finished with a question and answer session amongst members and covered many topics including the problem of finding good peat compost.

                                    Report & pictures by Alan Harris


John Taylor demonstrating his cutting tuber growing method.

NEXT MEETING
Sunday 15th. April

AREA SHOW
Saturday 11th.
 & Sunday 12th. August

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Congratulations to John Taylor who has been awarded the Society's Silver Medal.
The award will be presented at The National Show.

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EAST ANGLIAN DIARY - Follow progress in John Taylor's Greenhouse

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Area Meeting  Sunday 24th. July 2005.
 
The summer meeting of the East Anglian Group was held on Sunday with about 40 members present. This was a practical meeting held just before the shows to demonstrate preparing plants and the procedure for timing and getting cut blooms to the show undamaged.  Stan Jenner gave the demonstration on plants and Alan Harris on cut blooms.
                                                                                   Report & pictures by Alan Harris


John Taylor opening the Meeting.

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John Taylor
opens the Meeting.

     The East Anglian Area spring plant sale was held at Ketton Cement Works Canteen on Sunday 3rd April. About 70 members came along and bidding was brisk as usual. Alan Harris was auctioneer and managed to sell all the plants. Although there were slightly less to sell than last year prices were somewhat higher and the selection of varieties was very wide from old favourites to the latest introductions
                                    Report & pictures by Alan Harris


The event is a social event as well as a plant sale.

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Area Meeting,  Sunday 24th. October  2004
The East Anglian Area Group met at Castle Cement, Ketton, Nr Stamford . About 45 members had a slide show from John Taylor, which also turned into a question and answer session on the treatment of plants going to rest at this time. The second half of the meeting was a practical talk by Dave Hall on the care of species and rexes as we move into winter. Both were well received and the meeting ended with everyone looking forward to the spring.

Report & pictures by Alan Harris

Right : John Taylor opens the Meeting.
Below  Left : Dave Hall in full swing.
Right :
The audience are all awake during John Taylor's slide show.

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EAST ANGLIAN AREA
AREA SHOW
Baytree Garden Centre High Road, Weston, Spalding, Lincolnshire.
Saturday 7th. & Sunday 8th. August
Judge: Maurice Webb
REPORT & PICTURES
SCHEDULE

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Display at the Cambridge Botanic Gardens  2004
The Area staged a Display at the gardens until July 25th.

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Plant Sale,  Sunday  4th. April 2004.


The annual plant sale meeting was held at Ketton with about 70 members coming to sample the bargains.


This is always a popular meeting with over 300 plants changing hands. Bidding was keen with over £1000 changing hands.


Above, Stan Jenner, left and Alan Harris, auctioneer.

Right, Alan opens the auction.
Report & pictures by Alan Harris

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Area meeting, Sunday  26th October  2003
  
The Autumn meeting of the East Anglian Area was held at Ketton near Peterborough with 64 members turning out on a cold, wet and windy afternoon.  We were very pleased that John Hamilton was kind enough to make the long trek (mostly by air) to give a very interesting illustrated talk on how he grows his wonderful begonias.

Report and pictures by Alan Harris


John Taylor opens the meeting by welcoming our speaker and members


John Hamilton starts his talk with the aid of computer technology

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EAST ANGLIAN AREA
AREA SHOW  2003
Baytree Garden Centre High Road, Weston, Spalding, Lincolnshire.
Saturday 9th. & Sunday 10th. August
REPORT & PICTURES

THE EAST ANGLIAN FLOWER SHOW
Bureau & Stand
BOURN, near Cambridge
Friday 27th.  Saturday 28th. & Sunday 29th. June   2003
REPORT & PICTURES

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John Taylor opening the meeting

Area Meeting in Sawston, Cambridge  Sunday 8th. June   2003.
 About 30 members attended a talk from Stan Jenner on pot plants and Alan Harris on cut blooms.  The meeting was followed by a visit to see how Alan's plants were progressing.

Report & pictures by Alan Harris

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Plant Auction Sunday 6th April   2003.
  
The annual plant auction was again a great success with 72 members attending from all over the country.  Our national Secretary Alan Harris acted as Auctioneer and the takings for the day were well over £1í000 making £220 commision for our area funds. The Auctioneers helpers Chris Campbell, Dave Hall and Tony Renolds were kept very busy all afternoon, with the area rep John Taylor keeping the accounts in order. Prices ranged from £1-00 to £12-00 per plant With the privately bred Tubers of Nicola Coates and Whispers making the most money. An enjoyable afternoon was had by all, both venders and buyers and much appreciated was a refreshment break half way through the afternoon.

Report & pictures by John Taylor

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Area Meeting.  Sunday 23rd. March      2003
Report by Area Representative John Taylor 

   A good meeting was held at the East Anglian Area at Ketton with 71 members attending.
 The meeting was in the form of a begonia growers question time with a panel of experienced growers answering questions. On the panel was Alan Harris our National Secretary answering questions on cut blooms, Mag Staines on non tuberous begonias, Stan Jenner on pot plants and John Taylor as a roving chair person taking the questions from the floor. It was a good afternoon with a lot of banter and many members getting involved with a lot of varied questions.


The panel
Alan Harris, Mag Staines, Stan Jenner


Attendees
A total of 71
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Raffle
All the prizes are donated by members.


Tea Ladies
Verna Jenner & Christine Yeardley
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Report & pictures by John Taylor

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AREA MEETING.  Sunday 20th. October   2002
Report by Area Representative John Taylor 
Stan Jenner assisted by myself with a few slides gave a good and amusing talk on his way of growing pot plants  . As it was his first time of talking he did very well and it was appreciated by all who attended, about 60 members. His plants this year at our show were some of the best I have ever seen. He won the six pot class and the best pot in show. Some of our slides showed how he has improved over the years,I then put on some slides of pot plants so as he could then show our members how they could have been grown and shown better, all in all it was a good meeting.

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