The National Begonia Society


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Archive   2003 - July 2005

  July 2005
Congratulations to Dave Coates who has been awarded the Society's Silver Medal for his services as Area Representative, judge and hybridiser.  His successful new introductions include Nichola Coates, Vera Coates,
Mandalay, Gypsy and most recently Emily Rose.  The award will be presented at the National Show.

Spring Meeting.  Sunday 24th. April  2005
Members from a wide area including Kent, Wales, Devon and Somerset attended our Meeting at Portchester Parish Hall.  We were also pleased to welcome Society Chairman Len Gill, who had made the long journey down from Barnsley, South Yorkshire.
  The afternoon consisted of a slide presentation by Dave Coates based on growing and exhibiting for our Show classes.  After "half time" refreshments Dave conducted the usual raffle to help cover the cost of hiring the hall.  Also included was an explanation of the proposed layout of the hall for our forthcoming Show. (See below).  

From the South Coast Area Representative.
Dear Members.
  After 32 years at the Southsea Show more recently named the Portsmouth & Southsea Show it is with some regret that we are changing the venue.  After a committee meeting of our members we have decided to put on our own Show which will incorporate a group display and show classes as in previous years.
  Our cost outlay at Southsea in recent years has been approximately 600 for each Show some of which was recouped on the breakdown of our display.  We could also win 75 if we were to be awarded a Large Gold Medal.  However a private company is to be involved with organising the three day show next year with a remit to make a profit.  The upshot of this is that we would have to find another 200 each year for the show tables plus a general 10% increase on other costs.
  The new venue of the Show will be at the Parish Hall in Portchester where we hold our meetings each year.  I feel the new Parish Hall is an ideal size for our Show which will be held on Saturday 6th. & Sunday 7th. August.  Our local membership is enthusiastic about the new challenge and has the full backing of Brian Simmons our remaining founder member and first Area Representative.
Any new members who would like to become involved with either help, during the Show, or as a potential exhibitor please contact me on 023 9279 8144 for further information.

Dave Coates.

  Obituary    7th. November  2004
 Sadly we have lost another true friend.  Vernon Upfield has passed away, aged 71, after a long battle against cancer.  An active member and exhibitor at  Southsea  for over twenty five years  Vernon became  Show Secretary in 1989 and in spite of increasing health problems continued right up to this year.   Begonias were just one of his many interests which included golf, bowls and gardening.  Until recently he was also a JP.

 Our sympathies go out to wife Maureen and family.

Autumn Meeting.   Sunday 31st. Oct  2004.
Dave Coates opened the Meeting by welcoming Graham Milne from New Zealand  and John Taylor, East Anglican Area Representative and Society Membership Secretary.  Following the introductions Dave summarised  the year's activities and in particular our Show at Southsea.  Graham was then invited to present the trophies from our Show.
  The first half of the Meeting continued with a quiz followed by the usual free refreshments and raffle.  Following this John presented slides from his own Area Show and also the bi-annual carpet of flowers (begonias) in the Grande Place at Brussels.

Pictures : Graham presenting trophies to top - Dave and bottom - Bill Squibb.

Report by the Editor


Dave Coates receives the
Large Gold Medal
From Floral Show Secretary Steve Rees.

Portsmouth & Southsea Show.  6th. 7th. &  8th. August   2004.
In spite of dwindling numbers and increasing costs we managed to stage an excellent group display, albeit with a more modest number of begonias than previous years.  The design was by Mrs Betty Wileman and featured as a centrepiece 3 picture frames made by Bob Burchell.  The display gained a Large Gold Medal.
   Bill Squibb won the "Southsea Shield", our premier award.  Dave Coates was awarded Best Cut-bloom with his own introduction Nichola Coates and I was fortunate to win Best Pot with Fred Martin.
   There were a total of 61 entries from 16 exhibitors.                 Pictures

Report by the Editor.


Spring Meeting.   Sunday 25th. April  2004.
Speaker : Area Representative Dave Coates.
Just over 30 members attended our Meeting at Portchester on a lovely sunny afternoon.  Dave opened the Meeting with Society news and announcements  He expressed concern that having lost another stalwart (Frank Lindsell) our active numbers were approaching a critical level.  He also praised the new format of our bulletin.
   Unusually this was to be a meeting without any slides, instead, after the announcements Dave donned his marigolds and proceeded with a practical and detailed demonstration on potting on, taking cuttings etc.
   A break for tea and cakes was followed by the usual raffle.  For the second half of the meeting I joined Dave in a Forum to answer questions, this soon developed into a general discussion with many valid points raised.

Report & pictures by the editor.  

 Frank Lindsell, a well known and long serving member has passed away at the age of 84.  Virtually an ever present at the Southsea Show his untiring efforts in spite of failing health earned him respect from us all.  Frank was our Steward many years, during this period he even stayed at the Showground overnight so as to be there to meet and assist arriving exhibitors.

   Our sympathies go out to wife Doreen and family.

Autumn Meeting.   Sunday 2nd. November  2003
South Coast Area Representative Dave Coates opened the meeting by welcoming over 30 members. After local and national society announcements and outlining options for the future of our Show at Southsea he asked Show Secretary Vernon Upfield to present the trophies for this year's Southsea Show. (See also Show report below).

Bill Squibb

Peter Read

Gerry Want

Mrs Shirley Howe

   Our guest speaker was British Pot Plant Champion Peter Read, four times winner of the premier pot plant class at the National Show.   Peter gave an excellent, humorous and absorbing presentation of his methods of growing  very large pot plants.  He guided us through the season without the use of any slides, quite an achievement and very much appreciated by us all.


Portsmouth & Southsea Show.  1st. 2nd. & 3rd. August   2003
This was our 31st. year at Southsea.  The group display was the best for several years thanks to Area Representative Dave Coates who supplied most of the plants.  15 exhibitors staged 33 pots and 78 blooms plus full & half baskets and non-tuberous.
Dave Coates swept the board in the open classes and won bronze medals for the best cut-bloom and the best pot.
The stand was awarded a Large Gold Medal and cup for the best exhibit in the specialist societies class.                       


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