April Meeting

Our April meeting will be on the 18th as the school is closed for Easter holidays.

We will begin with a short A.G.M. when we hope to welcome a few new committee members. New ideas are always needed.

The A.G.M. will be followed by a talk from our Chairman, Shaun Vallard, entitled ‘My Trip to the Galapagos Islands’. 

Visitors are always welcome at our meetings, at a small charge of £2. Members free of course.

25th April ; Members’ visit to Poundbury Garden Centre for a talk followed by discounted shopping. Please arrive in time for a 6pm start. 

From our members’ gardens;

Magnolia, Yellow River

Spring Show Report 2024

Tulips straight and tall

Our Spring Show was held on Saturday 16th March at the Memorial Hall. There were 209 exhibits filling the hall with Spring colour, always a cheerful sight. There were plenty of daffodils this year with 88 exhibits in this section.

 Trophy Winners

 Junior Cup   Highest points, Children’s Classes, Evie-May Warne  Downer Cup  Best Photographic Print, Adrian Rea   Nottington Cup Best Exhibit, Handicrafts, David Greenhalf   Prospect Cup  Highest Points, Preserves and Cookery, Neil Coad               Ridgeway Cup  Highest Points, Propagation, Bill Howarth   Society Rose Bowl  Best Exhibit, Floral Art, Sara Warren  Grandshaw Cup  Highest Points, Pot Plants, Bill Howarth  Silver Salver  Best Exhibit, Pot Plants (excl. bulbs,)  Ros Gant                    Golds Shield   Best Exhibit, Bulbs in Pots, Bill Howarth  Spring Show Cup  Runner -up to Highest Points 1-6, Neal Hatch  Benson Cup   Highest Points 1-6, Bill Howarth      Silver Cup  Best Exhibit, Class 23, John Morris  Silver Trophy   Best Exhibit , Other Cut Flowers, Evelyn Morris  Diploma   Best Vase, Daffodils      Pink Silk    Bill Howarth  Diploma    Awarded at Judge’s discretion  Angel’s Breath    Ray Hayward    Best Bloom in Daffodils    Countdown   Eric Salt  Medal for Best Daffodil Exhibit,  Bill Howarth   Championship Salver          Bill Howarth 

Images from our show


Early exhibitor, Friday evening

Saturday morning decisions


The preserves and cookery classes were well supported including 8 ginger cakes and 5 coffee and walnut.




Thanks to all who helped in any way and to all the exhibitors without whom there would be no show.


Important Programme Changes

Next Meeting April 18th. We have decided to hold a short A.G.M. at this meeting, prior to Shaun’s talk on his trip  to the Galapagos Islands. The A.G.M. has traditionally been held in April but was moved to the Autumn because of Covid. In order to keep the Society going, we need new committee members. Please give this some thought.

May Meeting (2nd) The talk has had to be changed. It will now be ‘Water in the Garden’ by Alan Eason.

Don’t forget the visit to Poundbury Gardens on 25th April at 6pm.

March Reminder

Our next meeting is on Thursday 7th March when Bryan Madders will give us a talk on growing dahlias for pleasure. The school is open from 7pm with the meeting starting at 7.30pm.

Our Spring Show takes place on 16th March at the Memorial Hall, Victoria Avenue. Full details can be found on the ‘Shows’ link. Have a look at the schedule and see if there is something you can enter. Entries close on Wednesday 13th.

This is our treasurer’s camellia, it has had the most flowers ever this year.

Sad News

We are very sad to announce that Sheila Seal has passed away. Sheila was a long time member of the society and, with her husband, Colin, served on the committee until last year. She ran the raffles at our monthly meetings with Colin and helped at the shows.

Her funeral will take place on Friday 1st March at 4pm at Weymouth Crematorium. Our sincere sympathies go to Colin and his family.

Sheila and Colin had been married for 63 years.

February News and March events

A good number of members and visitors attended the February meeting when local historian, Sue Virgin, spoke about Upwey as it used to be. Upwey was an almost self-sufficient village with all the shops needed for everyday life. We were shown photographs of ‘then and now’ buildings with most commercial premises now converted to housing.

Our next meeting will be on March 7th when Bryan Madders will speak about ‘Dahlias for Pleasure’.

Our Spring Show takes place on March 16th in the Memorial Hall, Victoria Avenue, Upwey. There are classes in horticulture, cookery, flower arranging, handicrafts and photography. There is also a children’s section. All classes open to all. Full details can be found via the ‘shows’ link.

Daffodils in last year’s show

More January News

A reminder that our next meeting is on 1st February when there will be an illustrated talk by local historian, Sue Virgin, entitled ‘Upwey, a Walk Down Memory Lane’. We will see pictures of how Upwey was in the past. All welcome, members free and visitors £2.

The Gold Club have sent us a list of free talks that you may be interested in, details below.


2024 Activities

A new year and time to think of what to grow in the coming seasons. Remember to sow a few more seeds or take a few extra cuttings to grow on for our plant sale in May.

Our first meeting of the year takes place on February 1st at St. Nicholas and St. Laurence school at 7.30pm. This will be an illustrated talk by local historian, Sue Virgin, entitled “Upwey – A Walk Down Memory Lane”.

This promises to be very interesting, showing Upwey past and present. There have been many changes over the years with new housing and the loss of several shops and businesses.

Open to all, visitors pay £2 while members are free as usual.

We hope you have planted your bulbs in readiness for our Spring Show on March 16th.


Merry Christmas and a Happy 2024

We wish all our members, old and new, a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Our Chairman made this wreath with things from his garden

There will be no meeting in January. We look forward to seeing you all on February 1st when local historian, Sue Virgin, will present ‘Upwey, a Walk Down Memory Lane’. Our meetings are open to all, members free, visitors £2.

December Quiz and Meal. This was again very enjoyable and we thank all who contributed in any way to it’s success.

During the evening an award was presented to the ladies who have provided teas and cakes at our two shows for many years. They include Sue Mountjoy, Carol White, Eve Price, Helen Goodman and Gill Wilkinson.

The Mary Middlemass Plate was awarded to the person who gained most points in our Flower and Plant of the Month competitions over the year, Eve Morris.

The Quizmaster, our Chairman, Shaun

Pondering the questions



The winning team

The Committee