About Us

The Club currently has a membership of over 100.

Talks are held monthly at the Ellendune Community Centre from January to November inclusive. See the Event Calendar for more information about the talks for the current year.

Annual events include a Spring & Autumn Shows, a Plant Sale, and trips to large shows and gardens. Information about these events can be found in ‘The Shed’.

Members enjoy many advantages including substantial discount to events and for garden materials and equipment from local suppliers. See the ‘Members Discount Scheme’ located on ‘The Club’ page.

Committee Members

President – Mrs S.P Lewis
ChairmanGwyn Blackwell 07738 628525
Vice Chairman – Chris Cossey
SecretaryPeter Wheals
TreasurerPaul Mills
Show SecretaryJulie Dowsett 01793 814118 / 07950 707560
Membership Secretary – John Vincent 01793 813091
Club ShopJess Bailey 01793 812267
Publicity & Website – Holly Barrand

Other Committee Members:
Jean Sidwell
Molly Western

 

Membership

Annual membership to the Wroughton Garden Club is only £10 and membership offers many benefits, including:

  • Club meetings from January through November.
  • Generous discounts on seed orders from Dobies.
  • Great rates on trips to garden shows, stately homes & gardens and exhibitions.
  • Discounts from local garden suppliers

For more information or to join please contact our membership secretary John Vincent on 01793 813091 adam66a@yahoo.com  or complete the form here.

Affiliations & Links

The Wroughton Gardeners Society is affiliated to and has links with the organisations shown below. Click on a logo to visit their website.

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History of the Club

Cannon Rees in 1944, the then Vicar of Wroughton suggested the setting up of a Gardeners’ Society, this was initiated in 1945 as the Wroughton Gardeners’ Society and Village Produce Association.  With Cannon Rees as Chairman and a Membership of forty-six.

Competition had been strong even from the late eighteen hundreds within the Village to have the best vegetables or flowers and show them at the various fetes, feast days and celebrations.  This continued with the new Gardeners’ Society.

In December 1946, it was decided that the name was not suitable and it was changed to the Wroughton and District Horticultural Society. In 1948 the Society became affiliated with The Royal Horticultural Society.

Cannon Rees was Chairman until 1956 when Frank Auger took over the Chairmanship.  From the inception regular monthly meetings and shows during the year were held and these have flourished to the present day.

It was decided at the 1964 Annual General Meeting that the name of the Society be changed to the Wroughton and District Gardeners’ Society.  The thought being that this may help to encourage new members.

In 1976 the Society became affiliated with the National Chrysanthemum Society and the National Dahlia Society. During this time a move had been made from the Church Hall to the Ellendune Community Centre, to accommodate the increase in Membership.  In 1981 the Society became affiliated with the National Vegetable Society.

Reg Iles took over as Chairman in 1984. Entries and displays at shows have gained Silver and Gold awards over the years.  Assistance has been given to start other clubs and societies together with helping local charities. There have been inter-society quiz nights and joint ventures with other Societies and Clubs in the area.

Jeff Bolton became Chairman in 1994 and retired from the post in 2013.