The AGM for 2019 will be held on Saturday 1st June at Exbury Social Club. We will meet at the club from 11 am for refreshments followed by the AGM at 11.30 am. Parking is available at Exbury Social Club, which is situated in Exbury village, near to the Gardens. Entry to the AGM is free to all Group members and their guests. Our AGM forms part of a weekend of Group events hosted at Exbury. Details of the weekend are given below. Please notify the Hon Secretary, Polly Cooke by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 01932 863719 by Wednesday 29th May if you wish to attend the AGM.Please see the following documents which have been prepared for the AGM.
EVENTS AT EXBURY GARDENS
(Saturday 1st June and Sunday 2nd June 2019).
Lionel de Rothschild has kindly invited Group members to visit Exbury Gardens, in its Centenary Year, for a weekend of events to be hosted there. These are:
Saturday 1st June (Gardens open 10 am – 5.30pm)
Details are as given separately by Pam Hayward. Please note: There will be plants for sale from some nurseries outside the Five Arrows Gallery.
11 am for 11.30 am details given above.
Lunch is at your own expense. Take advantage of Mr Eddy’s restaurant or light refreshments from the Old Tennis Courts café. There are also designated picnic areas in the gardens.
Afternoon Group Tour of the Gardens
A guided tour of the Gardens is available to Group members starting from the House at 2.30 pm. It will be led by Lionel de Rothschild and Head Gardener, Tom Clarke.
Evening Buffet Meal and Lectures (Entry by ticket only)
A buffet meal including a glass of wine will be held at Exbury Social Club starting at 6.30 pm.
We are delighted to welcome Seamus O'Brien, the charismatic and highly knowledgeable Curator of the National Botanic Garden, Kilmacurragh who will give us a fantastic talk along the lines of his recently published and highly acclaimed book 'In the footsteps of Joseph Dalton Hooker, a Sikkim Adventure'. If you don't already have a copy, these are readily available from online sellers such as Wordery or Amazon, and then you can bring your copy for Seamus to sign on the night.
We are also delighted that Lionel de Rothschild will give a talk about his grandfather, also called Lionel de Rothschild, and the history of the world famous Exbury Gardens in this milestone Centenary year. A selection of Rothschild and Exbury books will be available to purchase on the night. A superb evening is assured!
Sunday 2nd June
Continuation of Gardens Tour
On Sunday morning Tom Clarke will continue the gardens tour. This will include a visit to the glass houses and parts of the garden not visited on the Saturday.
The cost for the whole weekend of events is £40 per person and includes Garden entry on both days.
If you can only attend the events on the Saturday, including the meal and lectures, it’s £35 per person
There is no charge to attend the AGM.
If you wish to join the Garden Tour after the AGM but not the lectures, it’s £12.50 per person
Everything is payable in advance to our Treasurer, as we will be entering the gardens separately from the general public, away from the Main Entrance. Passes, tickets and maps will be issued to everyone attending.
If you don't like forms, just use it to find the payment details then contact Jenny Fly our treasurer at: email@example.com saying what you want to attend and how you are paying and we will sort everything out from there. Notice of attendance to these events and payment must be received by Friday 24th May.
Should you find that accommodation is not available in the immediate vicinity of Exbury Gardens, I am advised by Tom Clarke that Southampton is very close by and has many hotels and guesthouses.
Visit to the Rothschild Archive
Lionel de Rothschild has extended an invitation for Group members to visit The Rothschild Archive in London. The first visit will have taken place by the time you read this but a second visit is on Wednesday 26th June at 2 pm. This is a wonderful opportunity for you to see their correspondence and many other documents. If you have a particular interest, please let me know and I will pass on your request to the Archivist who will do her best for you.
There are still places available for this visit. If you would like to join the visit, please contact me.
firstname.lastname@example.org Tel: 01932 863719
Your presence at the AGM would be most appreciated this year.