Horton, Ilminster, Somerset


Ding Gardening Club

 Updated 11 August 2020

All Gardening Club meetings have been suspended for the foreseeable future due to the Coronavirus epidemic.  Please monitor this page for updates.



Meetings start at 7:30pm on first Thursday of the month February-April and September-December

Other meeting start at 7:30pm 4th Thursday April and second Thursday May

(Note The Annual Spring Flower Show can be viewed from 6:30pm first Thursday April)

Venue Horton Village Hall

Latest update 10 August 2020

The Ding remains in Furlough till February 2021.  However the Committee continues to meet to plan for the future.


The AGM, which usually takes 6-7 minutes at the September meeting, will now take place in Peter Durden’s garden with the Committee and with a glass of wine (and will probably take longer!).  A full report and balance sheet will be available shortly after.


Seed Orders - Derek Butterfield is organising the seed order.  All those who ordered through the Ding will be contacted when the catalogues arrive from Mr Fothergills.


At the request of the Somerset Federation an article was sent about the Club which will be published in the Autumn.  It will be on the Federation web site.


Les Bayliss






Dear Ding Gardening Club Members


The Committee met yesterday to discuss the way ahead for Ding Meetings for the remainder of 2020 and have decided to cancel all club meetings until next February 2021 due to uncertainties in case of a possible spike in the virus.


So September, October, November and December 2020 meetings are cancelled.


Bearing in mind the age group of the majority of our members, the committee thought this would be the safest option for you all.


The Horton Village Hall Committee are meeting in July to discuss possible reopening.  


However our decision was made because there will still be problems of social distancing, cleaning of the hall and equipment.  This cleaning has to be carried out before and after each meeting and done by trained people.


We hope you fully understand and support this decision.  If the situation changes we might be able to have a meeting - possibly in December - but only if things return to an acceptable norm.


So as things stand, we hopefully will start in February 2021.  For those who paid their subs for 2020 they will not pay in 2021.  For those who didn’t pay in 2020 and any new members, they will pay the usual £10.00 for the nine meetings.


As you will all miss the September meeting, the committee will hold the AGM and publish a balance sheet and report to you all in September.


This major decision was made in the interests of you all and we hope you fully understand our decision.


Keep cheerful and carry on gardening and hopefully we can all start afresh in 2021.



On behalf of the Ding Committee

Les Bayliss



10th July 2020


2021 Speakers   WIP

The Ding Gardening Club year runs from January 1st to December 31st annual subscription 2020 (£10.00) per person. Renewal of membership must be submitted no later than 14th April each year, on renewal you will received your membership card and a programme of events.

Nine meetings per year usually held on first Thursday of the month at Horton Village Hall at 7:30pm. Meeting months February to April (Note April first Thursday Annual Spring Flower Show and the forth Thursday April and Second Thursday in May are normal meeting) and September to December, note AGM at September meeting.

Guests: £2 per meeting note December Invited Guest Only

At most meeting sale plant and other items, note in August there is the annual Horton Village Flower Show.

Our Gardening trips usually leave from Five Dials bus shelter Horton, Memorial Broadway, Pound Broadway and Ilminster market square.

Seed order discount usually 50% off list price and there are discounts on other products.  

In December we have an annual free Christmas party.

Meeting and trip details on http://www.hortonvillage.co.uk/ding-gardening-club-trips

SD 7.11.19



For more information please contact Stuart Davey by Email [email protected]

or Phone: 01460 55069