EVENTS 2014 – 2015

The events in a year

The 25th Anniversary Magnolia Tree
It was, of course, very difficult to follow our exciting event of 17th May 2014 when Members and guests celebrated 25 years since David Bellamy first inaugurated the Society aimed at preserving this tranquil garden in the middle of Ryde. That day, as reported in an earlier Newsletter, was a great success when, before a large invited audience, a Magnolia tree was planted by the Lord Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White and Mrs Fiona White in celebration of the start of the new restoration programme, following on from those early beginnings. Happily the Magnolia tree is thriving.

However Saturday 28th June dawned sunny and warm heralding a beautiful afternoon for our
MUSIC IN A REGENCY GARDEN EVENT. We were well entertained by the music of Wight Harmony,
The Brighstone Barnacles and Slainte Va while drinking the wine, chatting to friends and viewing the garden.

Brightston Barnacles, Wight Harmony & Slainte Va

Visitors enjoying the entertainment at the Summer Garden Party

Another event of the summer was the inclusion of Vernon Square in SOUTH & SOUTH EAST IN BLOOM 2014. The judges viewed the Square on July 21st as part of the presentation by Ryde Town Council. We hope we had the garden looking good for the occasion. In November The Garden received a Certificate of Excellence at a ceremony in Yelf’s Hotel.

Ryde in Bloom category Winners 2014

On the morning of December 5th we installed for the first time the generator which made the setting up and running of CAROLS IN A REGENCY GARDEN so much easier. This generator, shared with The Ryde Carnival Association, was obtained with an award, gratefully received, from Ryde NE Community Panel. It provided much better lighting and heating facilities for the mulled wine and even the mince pies – which seemed to be much appreciated by those assembled!

Carols in the Garden with Ryde School Brass Ensemble & Voices in Harmony
With the RYDE SCHOOL BRASS ENSEMBLE playing joyfully, the singers ‘VOICES IN HARMONY’ leading the over 100 people who had braved the chilly weather, the year was ended with much cheer and enthusiasm.

You can download a copy of the newsletter by clicking this link: –  Newsletter 2014-2015 Events