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Well Done Tricia!

I nominated my mum (Tricia Pearce) for the Community Hero award this year as over the years she has taken on and given more and more to the Horticultural Society and the Flower Show and I feel if it wasn't for the likes of her this traditional show would not continue.

I see from behind the scene all the little extra bits and pieces that go on along with the time and effort it takes each year to produce the show, BBQ's, Cream Teas, Plant a Pot and so the list goes on.

Kindly provided by Vanessa Riley

Southport Visitor Report:

Tricia has for the past nine years been Chairwoman for the Ainsdale Horticultural Society. Works tirelessly through the year helping with the planning of the July Flower Show.

She has reinstated the children's disco, car boot and an auction and she contacts firms and assists in putting together a great raffle for the show. She also assists in the selection and organising of the Floral Queen and attendants, shopping for dresses and organising the girls on the day and spends every waking moment in the week leading up to the show helping in the preparation for the big day.

She is still there on Saturday evening and back again at 6am to run the car boot.

She organises monthly talks, Christmas demonstration evenings and helps tend the ground surrounding the War Memorial on the village green.

This is a small snippet of the fantastic work this remarkable lady does.

We Say Thank You & Well Done Tricia!

Chairman's Review 2016

From Keith's report it is clear we had a disappointing Show. We didn't attract the craft stalls we were hoping to and for the first time since I became Chairman there appeared to be an awful lot of "grass" visible.

We were down on the numbers coming into the Show and the weather didn't help although it was dry and windy.

We expanded the Show to include a concert on Sunday afternoon which was well attended but the Event in the Tent was poorly attended.

In the past I have had comments that I am too hands on for a Chairman. I spent the best part of show week on the village green and towards the weekend from 6.00am until after 10.00pm. I am sure you don't need to hear this but by Sunday evening my head couldn't work out if it was Monday morning. I'm telling you this not for sympathy but to show you how desperately we need more members in the Committees. What I experienced was pretty horrific. I have been approached by young parents wanting to help on Show Day but we need help during the year and in particular putting the Show together and taking it apart.

Keith has told you we have been eating into our funds to cover the expense of putting the show together. Its not just the Show, the monthly talks are suffering from lack of members attending to the point that it is becoming quite embarrassing particularly when speakers have travelled some distance and only 18 people turn up. Consequently to cover the speakers fee and hire of the hall we are not making enough money to cover the costs. In my letter to you within the AGM details I explained to discontinue talks will be detrimental to the Society as contact will be lost altogether. We no longer have email addresses so would you kindly add these to the list going round and we can then send a reminder of talks coming up. In the new year we propose charging £1.50 to help towards covering the costs and this will include tea or coffee but we delayed implementing this until AGM tonight and we have your views on this idea.

Its not all doom and gloom. The children's committee hosted a very successful Plant a Pot and the parents came into the Church Hall for coffee and cake - but sadly very few members came in to support us. Likewise the cream tea at Anne and Franks could have been better supported. The Harvest Show and Supper made a pretty nice profit but one wonders how much longer we can continue to eat into our funds - probably just one more show! There is still the misconception that Sefton provide funds for the Summer Show - some hope. You will see from the accounts just how much the hire of the marquees cost without the added expense of furniture, fencing, security, generator; the expense goes on and on.

There is just one more event, the Christmas Floral Demonstration on the 29th November, here, starting at 7.00pm tickets still £5.00 including mulled wine and Christmas cake. Karen Bell was giving the demonstration and only requesting her petrol. Sadly she has had to withdraw and I have found a replacement in Joan Hardwick. Joan is a NAFAS Demonstrator and we have gone ahead and booked her. It will be a superb evening but it is going to cost rather more than petrol money. Please support it, I have tickets with me.

Finally I wish to thank Prue Shenton Frank Hanley and Ted Hartill who have resigned their positions as Vice Chairman, Secretary and Schedule Chairman their support both to the Executive Committee and the Society as a whole has been considerable Prue has put up with me for 8 years My thanks also to Karen Fairclough who made the Floral Queen's dress. Karen has been making the dresses for years and supports the Society by not charging us. Thanks also to Olivia, Kath, Claire, Louise, Carolyn and Prue for help with the War Memorial.

I am sad to say we have lost two faithful members in Mrs Bultitude and John Hainsworth who have both passed away. John only recently and we give our condolences to Vera.

I really don't have anything further to add. We are planning the Summer Show for next year and hope to make use of the marquees by hiring them out. We have found someone to run the bar in the same manner as Rob ran it. The craft marquee will be back and work is in progress to provide Tasting Tables and Trade Stands. Please don't let this be our last Show. In 2008 AGM when I became Chairman we had a loss of &pund;8000.00 and we bounced back - lets do that again.

Best Wishes - Tricia Pearce

Ainsdale Community Garden

As members will be aware we now sponsor the Garden and appreciate all the work that has been undertaken to provide Ainsdale with this facility in the first instance. The Garden, maintained to a high standard, relies solely on volunteers for its ongoing maintenance and to support this work they have set up a Gardening Club.

If you would like to offer your help or would like further information contact Jenny Boulton on 01704 578196 or email:

Ainsdale Horticultural society is an active and thriving society.   Its centrepiece event is the Summer show held annually on the Village Green.  This event showcases local talent and produce in a spirit of friendly competition.   However, competitive classes are open to all and visitors from beyond the local area are invited to come and compete  or simply have a great traditional family day out.