Time to dip into our monthly raffle kitty again, when all those old paperbacks, Cds, unwanted presents and oddments of all sorts contribute to our annual evening out.
The evening started with a walk around Castle Neroche under the guidance of our professional forester member Jon, who explained some of the background and history of the site on the Blackdown Hills and how the forestry work had to be sympathetic to the site of an Ancient Monument.
Originally the site of an Iron Age Hill Fort the actual castle was built later probably by Robert,Count of Mortain in Noman times. The name possibly come from Old English Nierra and Rechich ,meaning Rache a type of hunting dog used in the middle ages and thus meaning the camp where the hunting dogs were kept.
Jon explained that in addition to the work of felling some carefully selected trees in order to improve the wonderful views across the Taunton Vale there was always the ongoing work of clearing trees such as this Beech which came down in the recent storms and making sure that the footpaths were clear and safe.
Large parts of the old ramparts have also had to be cleared due to Larch diseases.
Fortunately after two days of persistent rain, which had been most welcome for our trees and gardens , the weather turned out really beautiful and the members who could not manage the walk missed out on a lovely evening before we all got together for our meal at The Queens Arms at Pitminster.
Altogether a very pleasant evening , a good meal, good company and a good walk for the more active members.
Our Club President John Trott fresh from another RHS Gold Medal success at Hampton Court proposed the thanks to Andy for organising the meal and Jon for leading the walk.
Bonsai South West
Our thanks also to Adrian, Brian, Jon and Sara who travelled down to Exmouth last month to put on a display for our Club at The Bonsai South West Show in the Pavilion on the seafront . It must have been a good show looking at the photos and hearing how many bargains Sara brought back with her.
Note for your diaries -the date for our annual auction has been changed to Nov 22nd subject to confirmation.