It doesn’t seem like a year since I was last wondering what to write as a welcome. How time flies.


2019 saw Otterton Garden Club move steadily forward. Membership has remained steady as has attendances at the talks. These have as ever proved both varied and entertaining. Many thanks to Jan and Angela for organising these. A particularly memorable talk was by local resident Geoff Porter on “Building a Nature Friendly Garden in South-West France”. Geoff had never given a talk like this before but you would never have known with his superb narrative and excellent photographs demonstrating how hard he and Pat had worked in converting a derelict mill and building a superb wildlife-friendly garden.


One particular pleasing aspect of our 2019 programme was the increase in entries at both the Spring and Autumn Shows. Both shows were excellent and at the Autumn show in particular we were struggling to find space to fit everything in, when I was thinking beforehand that there would be a shortage of entries due to the weather conditions. I obviously underestimated the resilience of the people of Otterton. A big thank you to Iain for organising the shows and also for his work as treasurer in keeping our finances on an even keel.


Thanks are due to the advertisers for supporting our club and I hope that you will reciprocate by using their services.


In common with many other clubs and societies, one area in which we struggle is in finding enough people to serve on the committee and help keep the club moving forward. Two members have recently tendered their resignations for personal reasons, leaving us very short of committee members. I’m sure that no-one reading this page would like to see the Club fold but without some new faces on the committee, this is a possibility. Please consider giving up just a little of your time to help keep the club going. We are a friendly bunch and there are only seven committee meetings per year which we try to keep as short as possible. You would not be asked to take on any specific task initially and of course new ideas are always welcome.


I look forward to meeting up with as many of you as possible again in 2020 and thank you once again for your support.

Eric Paver