Lavant Horticultural Society’s history goes back some 70 years. Today it is very active, providing a monthly programme of talks and events throughout the year, in a friendly atmosphere, for its membership of some 140.

Live in Lavant, Summersdale or nearby?
why not join Lavant Horticultural Society?
new members will always find a warm welcome

Annual membership only costs £7 per person
The monthly meetings are then free of charge

Visitors are always welcome
(entrance fee £2 each at speaker meetings)

Interested? Please contact Membership Secretary, Margaret Rhodes, at or catch up with her at any Society meeting or event

Annual Buffet Supper   Wednesday 12th February

Some 40 members and guests got together in the Memorial Hall for our annual supper. Four of the lady members of the Committee had cooked a range of very tasty casseroles that were served piping hot, complemented by cold dishes, salads and sides contributed by the other participants, as were the wide choice of mouth-watering desserts. All was brilliantly organised by Social Secretary Liz Hewitt.
The quizzes had us all mulling over the answers, adding to the convivial atmosphere (as did the complimentary glass of wine).
A very enjoyable evening.

Annual General Meeting 2019
13th November

The Chairman, Mike Kingsford, gave a positive report on 2019: membership up a little, healthy finances, interesting talks and two successful garden visits; both the Annual Plant Sale & Annual Flower Show surpassed all records, as did the plant stall at the Lavant Village Fete.

The AGM voted to adopt the audited accounts presented by the Treasurer and heard reports from the Membership, Programme and Show Secretaries, as well as an introduction to the 2020 programme.

A new constitution was discussed and then adopted with immediate effect by an overwhelming majority of the AGM.

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The AGM voted for the current officers of the Society to remain in post:
Chairman – Michael Kingsford;
Secretary – Margaret Rhodes;
Treasurer – Lesley West.

Show Secretary, Roger Hart, stood down; the other Committee members were willing to serve for another year and Beryl Starkey volunteered to join them – this new Committee was confirmed unanimously by the AGM.

At the end of the proceedings the Chairman presented outgoing Show Secretary Roger Hart with a camellia and some wine in appreciation of his efforts.

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On conclusion of the business, members socialised over a complimentary finger buffet with wine/soft drinks and coffee.

Click below for the new Constitution:

Members' Open Garden
scheduled for 25th June

had to be postponed due to the coronavirus situation. Many thanks to Jill and John for agreeing to reschedule it for later this year or in 2021.

Members will be advised as soon as the new timing is fixed.

Chairman’s Open Garden
6th June 2019

More than 60 members spent a lovely summer's evening at Mike & Jacki Kingsford's remarkable garden. All proceeds went to the Aldingbourne Trust

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particularly to help the creation of a community garden at Bognor Regis library.particularly to help the creation of a community garden at Bognor Regis library. General Manager, Peter Stanley, described the Trust’s work helping those with learning disabilities and/or autism to reach their potential and live more independently.
Mike and Jacki’s very large garden with its immaculate lawns, well planted and maintained borders and areas of vegetable and fruit production is a great contrast to the unkempt jungle that greeted them when they moved in – a tribute to Mike’s indefatigable work & vision.
Sarah Newman’s talk and demonstration on flower arranging was much appreciated by an attentive audience, ranging from novices to experienced flower arrangers.

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