Group raised hundreds for military charity

Bexhill Horticultural Society raised more than £600 for Help For Heroes in 2014.

During the year a total of £621.50 was raised (£71.50 already sent) with a further cheque for £550 presented at the Society’s AGM held on the 10th January 2015, at which 90 members attended.

Pat Reilly was re-elected as Chairperson for 2015 and Mr. M. Moss remains as the President.

The AGM was followed with a compilation of talks on six walks undertaken to raise money for the Melanoma Society by Harry

Townsend.

The talks were accompanied by slides of outstanding scenery of the places visited.

Harry started with his climb up the 19,000 foot Mount Kilimanjaro and the surrounding countryside.

Then over to Las Vegas and Death Valley, 250 feet below sea level a 25 mile trek with climbs up to 2 half miles, scenes showing the various cacti and the Joshua tree that only grows over 3000 ft.

A step across the water to Spain and the pilgrim walk to visit the Santiago Church, the communal living and hardship on route. This also included scenes whilst crossing the Pyrenees.

Then over to the Sahara desert, the ever changing sand dunes and plants that grow in the harsh conditions.

And finally his walk around New Zealand with his famous wheelbarrow ‘George’.

The Society’s future coffee morning will be held at the Pebsham Community Centre, where there is plenty of parking and served by the 98 bus route. The next meeting of the Society will be held at 2pm on Saturday February 7 at St. Martha’s Church Hall Little Common.

The talk at this meeting will be by Wing Commander P. Coulcher RAF (Ret) on Natural History of the South Downs.