Stourton Caundle Garden Club


We meet once a month, September to May, to discuss all things gardening in a friendly and informal atmosphere. The January supper is always a huge success, whilst the Annual Show brings the whole village together and looks wonderful.





Current annual subscription is £7.50. This allows entry to the talks; the ‘club night’ at Castle Gardens when a 25% discount is offered on all plants and bulbs; and visits to outstanding local gardens.  New members are always welcome – just turn up at the Village Hall.







Garden Club Programme 2016/17


Meetings are in the Village Hall at 7.15 pm except for the May meeting which is at Castle Gardens and starts at 6.30 pm

Wed 12 October

Gardening in the Shade

Nigel Rowland from Longacre Nursey

Wed 9 November

AGM and Gardeners Question Time


Wed 14 December

New Tricks for Old Gardeners

Katherine Crouch

Wed 11 January

Annual Supper


Wed 8 February

Control of Pests and Diseases

Castle Gardens

Wed 8 March

Talk by Gardening Columnist of the Saturday Telegraph

Helen Yemm

Wed 12 April

The History of Abbotsbury Gardens

Stephen Griffith

Wed 10 May

Castle Gardens Discount Evening









The inaugural meeting of the Stourton Caundle Garden Club was held in May 1974.  Committee members were F Barnes, S Burch, Mrs Bond, Miss Spickenwell and the Misses Helen and Rosemary Julius.  They also had the power to co-opt two more members.  The Annual Show was scheduled for September and monthly meetings were to be held on the 2nd Friday of the month from October to April.  Subscriptions were set at 50 pence per year.  Membership was, and still is, open to residents from Stourton Caundle, Stalbridge Weston, Purse Caundle, Bishops Caundle, Bishops Down and Holwell.


A later committee meeting agreed the schedule for the Show, which consisted of 38 classes with sections in Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers, Domestic, Handicrafts and Children’s section.


Meetings moved to Wednesdays in 1975 and the first Constitution of the club was drawn up.  Mr Ron Baillie became a horticultural judge in 1982, and since then has provided judging at the Show.  His wife, Mrs Sylvia Baillie, acted as a secretary of the club for a number of years before becoming Chair in 1992.  They retired from active committee work in 1995 but Ron Baillie continues to do a sterling job in his capacity as horticultural judge.


Mrs Prue Seddon served on the committee from 1994 to 2010, when she was elected as President following the death of Miss Rosemary Julius.  The Julius sisters took it in turns to be Chair, Secretary or President of the club for almost 20 years.


Jane Yandell was elected as Chair in 1995 and held the post for 12 years until Nikki Hale took over in 2007.  In November 2012 Howard Ffitch became the current Chairman.


2016 Village Show

Photos: Alan Peters