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Dalston in Bloom Gardening Club

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The Club started in 1991 with a handful of members meeting monthly upstairs in Church House. Over the years, as we have grown, we have moved from the Methodist Chapel Hall to the Victory Hall and currently membership is at a record level of 150. Because of logistical problems we have reluctantly decided to cap membership at this level.

We meet on the third Tuesday every month from September to May in the Victory Hall for a variety of gardening related talks followed by social refreshments and our popular raffle. The exception to this is our Christmas Event in December, which is one of the most popular events of the year, when we have an American Supper and entertainment (cancelled this year due to flooding ). The cyclamen plants which were ordered for this event were sold in the Church during the Christmas Tree Festival, for which we provided a decorated tree, and raised £110 for the Cumbria Community Foundation.

As well as indoor events we have a Spring day out to visit gardens outside Cumbria or to a Gardening Show. In May we have our major fund raising event, the Plant Sale with Refreshments in the Victory Hall, from which we donate 10% of the proceeds to a local charity. This donation is pooled with donations from other local Garden Clubs who have their Plant Sale at the same time at a different venue and £326 was raised for Carlisle & North Lakeland Hospice at Home. We also have an outdoor meeting in June when we explore some local gardens with supper afterwards and raise several hundred pounds for the garden owners’ nominated charities. In July we have a weekend away exploring gardens further afield and this year we will be visiting the Worcester area. In August we encourage our members to enter the fruit, vegetable and flower classes at the Dalston Show and the Club sponsors the Garden Photograph section of the Show.

We have celebrated our 10th, 15th, and 20th Anniversaries with a special dinner and this year will be our 25th in September which is now being organised.

Dalston & District Gardening Club continues to go from strength to strength, adding to the quality of life in Dalston, our members enjoying the social, educational, and self support that the Club provides.

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