December 13 2013 Latest news:
Beth Wyatt, Reporter
Monday, October 28, 2013
Chairman Bob Farnsworth talks about the Rainham Horticultural Society.
“The society was formed in the East End after the First World War to provide fertilisers and seeds for members.
“Members caught special trains to Rainham railway station where they would walk or be taken on the back of a tractor trailer to their weekend allotment sites, which had wooden sheds.
“Gradually people bought plots and moved in permanently, building the houses and bungalows we see today.
“The society quickly grew and bought a plot of land to sell seeds and fertilisers to allotment holders and homeowners.
Where: 300 Upminster Road North, Rainham
When: Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 9am to noon
Secretary: Elizabeth Davies
President: Keith Howe
Contact: Email firstname.lastname@example.org
“Advice is always free and flowing at the society, which provides funds to run a flower arranging society.
“It has a gardening club and holds four shows a year.
“Every week you can buy seeds and tools plus flowers for direct planting.
“We used to have about 1,600 members, but with less allotments and smaller gardens the membership is now 700.
“We need new members and people who would like to help on the committee. It is only £1 to join this year.
“Our initial motto in the 1920s was “Serving the people of Rainham with their horticultural needs,” and we are still doing that more than 90 years later.”
A landlady locked herself upstairs whilst “fearless” burglars smashed apart five fruit machines in her pub – this was the second raid in the area in half an hour.