Meeting and Events
Throughout the year Purbrook Horticultural Society lay on a series of informative meetings about gardening, conservation, plants, nature, flower shows and lots more besides. On this page you can see our list of forthcoming meetings for the year ahead.
2024 Programme and Meetings
Something for everyone
Updated: 17th December 2023
We are very excited for the 2024 year ahead. Our range of speakers for 2024 will provide something for everyone, and we look forward to sharing their expertise we our members. If you have any questions about the speakers, just contact Lynda.
Start Times & More Details
All talks are held at Deverell Hall, London Road with doors open at 7PM for a 7.30PM start. Meetings are free to members and there is ample free parking behind the hall. An interval is normally held mid talk in order to have a free cup of Tea or Coffee and Biscuits; purchase from the Sales Table; announce the winner of the £5 Store voucher for best exhibit on the Show table [as judged by the speaker]; book your seat on the trip; draw the raffle, renew membership and take a comfort break!
Thursday 1st February 2024 - Speaker (to be announced)
The History of Stansted House
Stansted House is a Grade 2 listed Edwardian building which we are lucky to have right on our doorstep. It is the parish of Stoughton and is situated in a 1,800 acre park. Up to 1983 it was the home of the 10th Earl of Bessborough and there has been a house on this site since 1688 though several houses were built on the land prior to this.
The Chapel of St Paul was built in the 1800's and is a Grade 1 listed building. We look forward to finding out more about the way of life in this house in it's heyday and what is planned going forward.
Thursday 7th March 2024 - Speaker Maggie Haynes CEO
From Marching to Mulching
The Tupenny Barn project based in Southbourne was founded 18 years ago. It is a charity that organises school visits or children aged 3-18 to teach them food education. The staff run green therapy garden sessions and have a project for young carers. This was featured on Gardeners World in April 2023. There are also activities for the community such as foraging; wreath making; bee keeping and willow weaving.
The shop is open on a Thursday and sells organic bread; cakes; eggs; preserves ; vegetables and flowers grown on site. So far over £250.000 has been raised to fund and develop this charity. Maggie Haynes is CEO of Tupenny Barn and will give the talk.
Thursday 4th April 2024 - Speaker Steve Herra
Cunard History and Glamorous Stars
Steve Herra has given an interesting talk before about the liner QE2 which was the last ship he worked on. He is third generation employee of Cunard and still gives guided tours when the ships are on dock in Southampton.
This talk will cover some of the insider facts of the many famous people who sailed on the liners and their odd ways, including that of an actress who brought her own chickens on board so that her eggs would be fresh every day!
ARE YOU INTERESTED IN GARDENING?
The society is open to ALL who are interested in gardening. Meetings and talks are held at DEVERELL HALL, LONDON ROAD, PURBROOK and start at 7.30pm.
For just £5.00 PER YEAR for a household, you can access these meetings and our Trading Store which offers discounted gardening items.