Lavant Horticultural Society’s
history goes back over 70 years.
It runs a programme of talks & events throughout the year for its members, who number some 140.

Meetings are currently being held on Zoom,
until normal meetings become feasible.
Help is readily available if you are not used to Zoom

Live in Lavant, Summersdale or nearby?
Why not join Lavant Horticultural Society?

new members always find a warm welcome

Annual membership costs £7 per person.
Meetings are then free of charge

Please contact Membership Secretary,
Margaret Rhodes, at

Annual General Meeting 2020
held online Wednesday 11th November using Zoom.

A good number of members tuned in to our first online meeting, which ran remarkably smoothly – our Secretary, Margaret Rhodes, having provided all members with all the documents for the AGM well in advance of the meeting.
Even members who were unable to take part in the Zoom meeting were still able to vote on the proposals.

The 3 officers of the Society, Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer, all stood for re-election and were returned unanimously.

The Chairman thanked Patricia Riches, who stood down from the Committee, for the positive contribution she has made to the Society.
The other Committee members offered to serve for another year and were all re-elected unanimously.

Given that the coronavirus situation forced the cancellation of so much of this year’s programme, it was agreed that existing members will have their membership extended until the end of 2021 without any further payment (although any donations would be welcome).
For new members, the annual subscription for 2021 will be £7 per person (no change from 2020).

The monthly meetings will continue on Zoom for the time being and this will be kept under review as the coronavirus situation develops. Speakers with Zoom presentations have already been confirmed for December, January and February.

  • The December meeting has been brought forward one week to Wednesday 2nd;
  • both January and February will be afternoon meetings at 2.30pm;
  • the Buffet Supper is being moved to July to take advantage of the summer evening and, hopefully, by that time, the ability to actually meet together.

Informal Zoom Sessions:
The meeting welcomed Mike Kingsford’s proposal for some more informal Zoom sessions to be held between the monthly speaker meetings, for open discussions between members on any points of horticultural interest.
It was agreed that the first one would be held on Wednesday 25th November.

Annual Buffet Supper   Wednesday 12th February 2020

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.

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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Lavant Horticultural Society's Privacy Policy (GDPR-compliant)

In order to run our society efficiently, we collect personal information about our members and hold it electronically. This information is only used to manage the Society’s affairs and to communicate with members. It will never be sold or disclosed to any third party, unless required by court order.

Members are asked to confirm their personal contact information and to let the Membership Secretary know when it changes.  The information is held securely on the personal computer of the Membership Secretary, and may be shared with the Chairman.  It may also be shared with a Collector in relation to members on their Collection List and with the Show Secretary and/or Social Secretary.

If a member does not renew their membership for a period of two consecutive years, the Society will delete all that person’s personal information from the records.
A member or ex-member can at any time require the Society to remove all record of their membership from the file.

Adopted by the AGM held on 14th November 2018

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