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THE E-BULLETIN: |
NEW SUBSCRIBERS LIST
Recently a few members have not received Society news and information which has been sent out by email. We know that in the past there have been odd instances where the mail client (usually Outlook) has put the emails into a folder which is labelled as Trash/Junk/Spam or Unwanted. It is not clear why this occurs with some emails and not with others. It might be worth looking at 'Spam Preferences' under 'Tools' in Outlook or your particular email program. E-Bulletins are sent out as emails to subscribers only. The recipient's name or email address is included on the Bcc (Blind carbon copy) line of the address. This prevents any individual subscriber from seeing the names or addresses of the others in the list. Unfortunately it also means that you may find a warning that 'This message comes from a mailing list' with the implication that it is potentially Spam. In order to ensure that the E-Bulletin gets through to those who wish to receive it Allan is compiling a new subscribers list and asks you to:
1. Check your Trash/Junk/Spam/Unwanted folder.
2. Send him an email saying 'Bulletin, please' if you would like to remain on the list.
This will also ensure that the E-Bulletin goes out only to members who wish to receive it. No reply from you will be taken as a request not to be included in the new list.
10th February 2023
ZOOM MEETINGS 2022-3|
Over the course of the pandemic, the Midland and West has run two series of Zoom
sessions for members. The initial aim was to enable established growers to keep in
contact while we were unable to hold shows. This soon led to a second group which
was meant to replace the contact which new growers have with established figures at
the shows, giving them the opportunity to find out about the plants, their history and
and the experts' ways of growing them. The upshot of the sessions can be seen in
prizes won on the showbench and the enthusiasm which these new members bring to
the rest of the Society. With several of them now having collected the stipulated
number of prizes on the showbenches, they are catapulted into the open classes
alongside the very people who provided advice during the Zoom meetings.
We are planning to resume these get-togethers later this month. All you need is a
computer, tablet or smart phone with a built-in camera which will run the software
downloadable from zoom.us. These meetings are not quite the same as a face-to-face
chat but they can help members to put faces and voices to names they have seen in
the Argus and to exchange ideas or ask questions. Members from the USA and New
Zealand have taken part in the first series and we hope to see them again when we re-
start. If you are a member of NAPS M&W and might be interested in taking part, email
Allan at email@example.com. The sessions meetings are for members only and your
membership is checked in advance.
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NAPS M&W AGM
It was good to see so many members both old and new at the Bentley Heath Hall
where a good-humoured attendance were able to savour an enjoyable day. The
morning speaker was Malcolm Wright who gave us a novel look at the plants shown at
this years events. In the afternoon, Chris Gill let us into the secrets of producing
some of those beautiful plants which he stages, Auricula, Gold-Laced Polyanthus and
Old English Tulips. He also discussed in some detail his thoughts on possibilities for
breeding future plants. It is refreshing to hear a top grower speak freely about their
thoughts on this often very private topic.
Several new names were added to the committee at the AGM. John Green became the
new Assistant Secretary, Sarah Millington volunteered (via her mum) for the Editor's
post, while Ed Pickin and Peter Squire joined the squad. Other roles remain with their
current incumbents. Two of the committee's meetings in the course of the year will be
held via Zoom. This means that we can enjoy the knowledge, experience and
enthusiasm of members from a wide geographical area without any obligation on them
to drive very long distances.
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WEST MIDLANDS GROUP
There was a small (but very knowledgeable) group at our venue in Romsley for the
September meeting when the speaker was Ed Pickin who talked about plants which he
considers the best across the showbenches. It was a valuable and very insightful
evening. The next get-together is in November when the speaker will be Richard
Spiers talking about 'Growing for Showing.' Given Richard's enthusiasm for many
plants, this could be an entertaining evening.
- Updated on 6th of October 2022.