Village news from Helen Price – 8/2/18


Village news from Helen Price – 8/2/18

Published 5 February 2018

Helen Price
01543 472203

Coffee morning, Saturday 17th February

A coffee morning will be held at the Village Hall from 10.30 am until 12 noon to raise Church funds.

There will be raffle, tombola, cake and produce stalls. We would welcome donations for the raffle and tombola of good quality items, including bottles of wine etc. and also cakes and produce for that stall. Please deliver raffle prizes and produce to Gill and Glen Wright at ‘Chaparral’, Yoxall Road. If possible please bring cakes to the Village Hall on the Saturday morning. Thank you.

Kings Bromley Gardening Guild

Gardening Guild members and guests enjoyed a fascinating talk by Danny Wells on ‘Joseph Paxton’ at the January meeting. It covered both gardening and historical aspects of the work of Paxton, called the “Busiest man in England” by Charles Dickens – and he certainly lived up to this title. Aged 23 years old in 1826, Paxton came to work as a gardener for the sixth Duke of Devonshire at Chatsworth. He built an enormous Palm House which was much admired by Queen Victorian and the Duke of Wellington when they visited Chatsworth in 1843. In 1844, the world’s highest fountain, the Emperor’s Fountain, was built for the visit of the Emperor of Russia. Paxton became involved in house-building, public parks, railways and a national newspaper, but he is probably best known for building “The Crystal Palace” for the Great Exhibition in Hyde Park. He received a Knighthood and later became a Liberal MP for Coventry. The “man of genius” died in 1865 and was buried near the Duke of Devonshire. This was an excellent talk, full of interesting information on a very busy man!

Our next meeting is on 19th February, when there will be a change in the programme and Allan Howard will be talking on “Serendipity in the Garden”.