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Founded 1972

President: Malcolm Moss • Chairman: Mary Boorman • Membership Secrt. Alan Humphrey

About Us

2015/16 Committee
2015/16 Committee

Current Committee

The 2016/2017 committee members are as follows:

Committee members are elected at our AGM in October each year. Members are encouraged to participate in the society by attending the AGM and voting.

Membership & Subscriptions

Anyone is welcome to join the society and participate in our events!

For 2016/2017, our annual membership fee is only £5 and is valid from 1 Oct - 31 Sept. Please contact our Membership Secretary (Alan) using our contact form for more information on how to join.


Message from our Chairman

Mary Boorman

Welcome to our Website!

As a society, we aim to promote gardening and the growing of flowers, vegetables and plants, alongside it's associated handicrafts and cookery, photography and floral arts. The society was formed back in 1972 by a few local growers in the village of Crowhurst to share knowledge and provide a platform for friendly competition! Today, we continue their traditions by holding three flower shows each year - one in spring (March), summer (as part of the Village Fayre in August) and autumn (September). We also hold lectures through the year on related topics, several fundraising and social events.

As Chairman, I am very keen to promote the growing of flowers and plants to encourage wildlife in our gardens and local green spaces. The society now has a honey-bee representative and, in the autumn show, local bee-keepers can now exhibit their produce. I am also keen to encourage children to join in and be involved with our shows and events for which we have a children's representative who liaises with local children's groups, school, playgroup and other societies in the village which includes the Brownies and Cubs. Overall, we aim to be a part of the local community and interlink with all other local groups to share knowledge and have fun!

I was brought up in Battle and spent most of my time in our large garden as a child with my dear dad and mum. I learnt a lot from them and I used to love the smell of the tomatoes in a warm greenhouse which dad grew every year. We always had fresh flowers in the house that mum loved and that dad had grown and freshly picked vegetables that he grew, that we ate daily. His father (my granddad) had honey bees in the same garden and we had several hives in the orchard. I was reared on honey and love it! I am fascinated by the marvels of these amazing insects and watched my dad taking many swarms over the years.

We always welcome new members to the society. As a member, you are entitled to reduced ticket prices at our lectures and social events. Our flower shows are open to all - you don't have to be a member to have a go at exhibiting!

Happy Gardening!

Mary Boorman
Chairman, C&DHS


Messages from our Committee Members

Alan Humphrey

I lived in Crowhurst for the greater part of my life From the age of 8 when I went to school at the local primary when there were only 2 classrooms and we had Mrs Cullingford as Head Teacher.

My Father worked at Pinehill in Crowhurst until he retired. He was the gardener and my mum was the housekeeper there. Both were members of the horticultural society and this encouraged both myself and Mary to also be involved with the society over the last 20 years or so.

As Treasurer and Membership Secretary my role is primarily to upkeep records of our funds in and out of the society and to obtain annual membership fees from our members and hopefully keep our monies in the black in the bank and building society!

This involves also paying out for that we owe in hiring the halls for shows and events etc and for paying show winnings etc. Keeping the books in good order along the way and preparing them for annual checking by our auditor.

Last year (2014) we were able to fund the purchase of new Gopack tables which we need for the Summer shows and can be hired out now to raise further funds. That was a fine example as to why we need on going fundraising events and to keep the society afloat.

Alan Humphrey
Treasurer & Membership Secretary, C&DHS

Tim Knaggs

I have lived in Crowhurst for four-and-a-half years. I enjoy gardening, particularly on the vegetable side, but still need to hone my growing skills.

I have also kept honey bees for many years, currently having three colonies in my Sampsons Lane garden, and am keen to promote the role of bees in garden environments.

I have been the society's honey bee representative for the last three years. I liaise with local beekeepers and branches of the Sussex Beekeepers Association, and try to encourage everyone to respect the value and necessity of the wonderful honey bee – such a vital link for gardeners.

More recently, I became the fayre committee representative for the society. As our summer show is held as part of the village fayre, it is my role to liaise with the fayre committee and build a good relationship with them, to ensure our flower show and the fayre as a whole is a success!

Tim Knaggs
Fayre Committee & Honey Bee Representative, C&DHS

Jo Crouch

Hello! My name is Jo and I am the Children's Section Representative. I am a mum of two girls, a keen gardener and I also dabble in all things 'Crafty'.

I am passionate about getting children involved in getting their fingers dirty, whether that's in soil, paint or glitter!

My role is new for 2015 and aims to encourage children's involvement in the society and interest in horticulture and showing. I also provide a link to all the local children's clubs along with the village's primary school and playgroup.

Jo Crouch
Children's Representative, C&DHS