About loiswakeman

Potter, photographer and technical author living in Devon, England. A bit of a geek too.

A special garden open in Musbury, 12-13 May

The garden at Musbury  Barton, near Axminster, EX13 8BB will be open on Saturday and Sunday, May 12th. and 13th., from 2.p.m to 5.p.m. in aid of Send a Cow.   (www.sendacow.org)   The garden was started in 1947 and has been developed ever since. Trees and shrubs are well established – some of them rare and unusual.  The garden has never been professionally designed. It has grown and changed  to suit the owners’ tastes.  It aims to provide colour and interest all the year.

There will be Teas on the Terrace and plants for sale.  This is a glorious, five acre garden in a wooded valley complete with stream.   Due to its steep paths and steps, wheelchair access is limited to the terrace from which there are fine views of much of the garden.

3 miles S of Axminster off A358. Turn E into village, follow yellow arrows. Garden next to church, parking for 12 cars, otherwise park on road in village.   Entry £5 – under 14s Free.   Dogs on leads welcome.


 It is 30 years since the first load of 25 pregnant cows were put on an aircraft and sent to Uganda where they began what has become the massive transformation of the lives of over 1 million people.   The charity has changed and developed over the years but the core value of giving a Hand Up – not a Hand Out has never changed.   As part of our celebrations of this anniversary we have several fund raising events arranged here, in Devon, where it all began in a Lapford farmhouse.

We don’t ask communities what they need – we ask what they’ve got. We help them identify and value resources they already have: their land, their families, their communities and capacities. Together, communities build a vision of a better future. Then, through training in farming, and by tackling social issues such as gender inequality, we enable them to acquire both the hope and the skills to get there. We are well known for delivering distinctive programmes that blend gender equality and social development training, alongside farming systems and business development.

For more information about Send a Cow visit www.sendacow.org


Meet the Plant Doctor, 12 May

Roger Hirons will be talking about

‘Steps to make the garden easier, giving you more time to enjoy it’

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Roger Hirons

Roger Hirons is The Plant Doctor.  Dorset born and bred, he has over 35 years’ experience in the horticultural industry and is a popular and enthusiastic speaker and broadcaster on all things plant-related.  Originally qualified at Pershore College of Horticulture, he spent many years running plant centres.

As well as practical and labour-saving ideas he will bring plants that will help you achieve good results with minimum effort. Some plants will be for sale after his talk.

At Chideock Village Hall, Saturday 12th May, 7.15 for 7.30 start

All welcome – members £4.00, non-members £6.00

A joint event by Chideock Society and Chideock Village Hall. We advise that cars are parked in the village car park next to the village shop and pedestrian crossing, or in North Road by the church, as there is no car park at the Village Hall.

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Early spring news from the Chairman

Following on from the appropriately themed ‘Bog Gardens’ talk at one of the wettest times of the year, we offer you this engaging speaker:

Wednesday February 28th at 7.30pm – TALK by Helen Kearney ‘Hedgerow Medicine’

Helen studied for a BSc in herbal medicine and lives on a 5.5 acre off-grid smallholding where she grows herbs and makes medicines and products for sale. Hedgerow medicine is a look at the uses of common plants growing in the hedges and edges, what you can make and what conditions it can be used to treat. Find out more at www.elderfarm.co.uk

Competition for summer show:

One potato tuber, grown in a container, both of which will be supplied by the Committee. The numbered container and potato will be available for purchase (£2.50) at the February meeting of the Society, and then from Committee members until all sold. No other containers will be acceptable. To be emptied at the show and judged on quality and weight.

Sponsored by River Cottage. Two Prizes will be awarded: one for the greatest weight of potatoes; the second for best quality crop, judged by Will Livingstone of River Cottage.

Future dates for your diary:

  • Our first outing is on March 13th (Tuesday) to NT Killerton, Exeter.
  • Wednesday March 28th 2018 at  7.30pm – TALK & WORKSHOP – ‘Willow Weaving’ with Jennie Knight of JK Willows nr Axminster. You need to book for this one! Includes the Chairman’s spring-flowering bulb competition.

See the Events and Outings pages on the web site for more details.

Special offer for Society members

Ashridge Nurseries are currently offering a 10% discount for members of gardening clubs, groups, and horticultural societies. Why not visit the Ashridge website for a lot of useful advice about all manner of gardening topics, as well as your chance to save?

The 10% discount code is HORT10 (you can enter this at the checkout stage).

Potato Competition

Sponsored by River Cottage

  • Grow one potato tuber in a bucket – to be judged by Will Livingstone of River Cottage at the  Summer Show
  • Collect your potato and bucket at the February 28th Meeting 7.30pm at Uplyme Village Hall or ring Brian on 01297 444962
  • Remember to bring your growing potato in the bucket, to the Summer Show Uplyme on July 14th, for it to be dug and weighed.

Entry Fee: £2.50  To include a seed potato and bucket.

Prize for heaviest crop and for Best quality crop.

Can you help?

The Society is in need of a new Publicity Officer following the retirement of the previous holder Rosemary Britton after several years. The job is not onerous – you need a few minutes about once a month to email details to the Uplyme Parish Magazine and the local papers, and at the end of each year, a bit longer to send our year’s programme to the Marshwood Vale and other annual publications (this has already been done for 2018).

If you think you might be able to help one of our local institutions, please contact any committee member who will be happy to talk to you.

Anne Swithinbank talk at Chardstock, 17/1/18

Members are invited to Chardstock Gardening Club’s January meeting to hear well-known local broadcaster and horticulturalist Anne Swithinbank.


(Raising and growing plants in cloches, frames, greenhouse, porch, conservatory and house)

Date: Wednesday 17 January 2018

Time: 7.30pm

Location: Chardstock Community Hall, Westcombes, EX13 7BJ

Cost: £6 for non-members

Contact for booking: Jenny Green, 01460 221619

Annual General Meeting 2017


DATE Wednesday November 22nd, 7.30pm
VENUE Uplyme Village Hall

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As the year draws towards its close, it’s time to reflect on what we have achieved. At the AGM on Wednesday, we’ll review the highlights of 2017 and present some of our ideas for the year ahead – talks, visits, shows and fundraising events.

We hope you will continue your membership of the Society in 2018 and enjoy participating in the activities. We hope also that some members will take on responsibilities – become committee members themselves or volunteer to do work for which they have the time and a talent.

The AGM is the annual opportunity for members to declare an interest in helping with the smooth running of the Society – don’t be put off by the thought of taking on a big responsibility, but perhaps consider offering your help for a small limited project to see how you get on?

Please give a thought to how you might provide some help, either alone or with a friend or two (perhaps a job-share?) and talk to Chairman Brian Tomsett beforehand, or on the evening of the AGM, Wednesday November 23rd. You can contact Brian on 01297 444962, or email arthurbriantomsett@btinternet.com


  1. Welcome
  2. Apologies
  3. Minutes of 2016 AGM
  4. Matters Arising
  5. Chairman’s report
  6. Treasurer’s report
  7. Election of Officers and Committee
  8. Appointment of Auditor
  9. Any other business

Minutes of 2016 AGM

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society
Annual General Meeting 23rd November 2016 at Uplyme Village Hall

Apologies: were received from Beryl Denham and Brian Cursley

President’s Welcome:  Jenny Harding stated that the President, Beryl Denham was recovering well at home after her recent illness.  She had sent her thanks for the Committee and helpers for organising a varied programme throughout the year, of talks and events with good attendance.  As some Committee members were standing down she posed a question – new committee members and helpers were needed – why not try for a year?

Minutes of the 2015 AGM were distributed and following agreement were signed as a true record.

Matters arising:  Robin Britton stated that that no-one came forward to be Show Secretary but the committee had done a very good job organising the Show, sharing jobs throughout the Committee, with Gill Wells taking charge of the Marquee, showing that this plan does work!

Chairman’s Report:  Jenny Harding reported that there had been 9 excellent coach trips, 11 monthly meetings with varied talks, a stall at the Village Fete, a decorated tree at the Lyme Regis Christmas Tree festival, with the Chris Beardshaw talk as the highlight of the year.  Success at the Summer Show meant contributions to the School, Playing Fields and Village Hall.  More volunteers are always needed to help run the shows, and with teas etc.  Looking ahead, a Ceilidh with lively band and caller is booked for 25th February 2017, with a seed swap, sweet pea planting, Quiz and bring and share supper in January, a trip to Kingston Lacey in March, and in April a competition for bulbs in a vase or in a pot.  Retiring committee members – Jenny thanked Tony Cook for over 20 years service on the Committee, Gill Wells for her help at the Show, but who will continue to organise the raffles, and Marjorie Waters for her help with the Show.

Treasurer’s Report:  The Statement of Accounts was distributed which showed that it had been a good year with a surplus of £2,725.  Marquee costs were split over 2 years, and £400 had been passed to the Fortuneswell Charity.  The Social event of Ferret Racing raised less income than previous year.  Approval of the Accounts was proposed by Brian Tomsett, Seconded by Barbara Bull and unanimously agreed.

Election of Officers & Committee:  President Beryl Denham, proposed by Pam Corbin, seconded by Tony Cook;  Secretary Rose Mock, proposed by Jane Godfrey, seconded by Annie Kobus;  Treasurer John Routley, proposed by Robin Britton seconded by Gerry Hampton, were unanimously elected.  Committee members Robin and Rosemary Britton, Jenny Harding, Pam Corbin, Brian Tomsett and Annie Kobus proposed by Barbara Bull and seconded by Jane Hadley – a Chairman and Vice Chairman will be elected at the next Committee Meeting.    4 new Committee members – Anne Fudger, Anne Rose, Jenny Thompson and Barbara Kidson were proposed by Anya Driver, seconded by Brian Tomsett, with everyone in favour of these appointments.

Appointment of Auditor – Mrs Baker is prepared to carry on, proposed by Jenny Harding and seconded by Gerry Hampton.

There being no further business the meeting closed at 7.50pm.




The Greening of Lyme

turn lyme green logoTurn Lyme Green – meeting

On Tuesday 14 November at 7.15 for 7.30pm in the Royal Lion Hotel, Lyme Regis, sometime Coast Ranger Terry Sweeney will reflect on the endeavours of many to keep Lyme and its landscape clean, green and valued. Uplyme resident Terry will update us on the coastal path as well as other local environmental issues.


For more information, please call 01297 446066