Yesterday evening I went to the Newton Park Horticultural Society’s Annual General Meeting, which was held in the hall of a local small primary school. Not surprisingly only around 25 people attended, which is approximately 10% of the membership. We heard that membership is up slightly, sales are good and the finances sound. All the present committee members were happy to carry on , there were no ructions and it was all over in an hour!
It’s a Bank Holiday weekend and on Monday after lunch I will walk to the nearby St. Andrew’s Church and have a look round the Community Fete that’s being held. The horticultural society will have a stall there selling lots of plants along with a selection of smaller items that are sold in the trading shed. If needed I shall help out with setting up the stall first thing.
Next Thursday both local government and parliamentary elections are being held here in the UK and I shall be back at the church, which is my polling station, to vote. It saddens me that so many people who are eligible to vote simply don’t bother, and I feel that they have no real legitimacy if they later express vociferous opinions about the council and/or goverment.
Have a look at The pothole gardener for someone who bothers in a very different way with his off the wall gardening.
Four very different events all of which depend on people who can be bothered to get involved, take part or turn up. Many of them put in a lot of effort and spend a lot of time for very little, if any, material reward and I for one applaud them all for being bothered!
Have a good weekend!