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The Presidents Welcome - Welcome to our website in 2017. Some areas are well up to date e.g. talks and events, but our Forum needs an injection to bring it forward. 2016 was a bit of a mixed bag for the Society. We were decanted to Netherlee School for our Spring talks and whilst the talks were excellent, only those with their own cushion survived the harsh seating. We have maintained a high quality in our speakers but unfortunately the numbers attending on a Thursday night has gone down. We are trying to address this, and I would urge all our members to support the winter programme and encourage friends along to the meetings. Have a look at the range of talks we have in place for this coming year. We lost two of our stalwarts last year in Wallace McNair & Jim Lamond. Both were ex-presidents and very active in our affairs. They will be sorely missed. The 2016 Flower Show was successful and whilst the number of exhibitors was down the quality remains excellent and there were several new exhibitors. I hope receipt of this Schedule enthuses you to consider a few entries this year. We didn†t have a coach trip in 2016, again due to numbers, and tried again this year 2017. Thirty members & friends attend a great day out to North Ayrshire, the highlight being the cream tea at Holmes Farm, Irvine.

Fergus Cumming

We had a great Anniversary night with Matthew Biggs with 95 members and friends attending our cheese and wine. Matthew himself thoroughly enjoyed his time with us and we are invited to apply for Gardeners Question Time with his support. Something for the future. Finally, no Society can survive without its members and Committee and my sincere thanks to all who help us thrive in the Busby and Clarkston community. Fergus Cumming President