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12:37pm Friday 20th September 2013 in News
NATURALISTS SOCIETY: The 2013-14 indoor meetings programme of the society took off on September 10 with a talk by Tom Lawson entitled an Ethiopian Episode. Ethiopia, while still knowing extreme poverty in some areas, is one of the fastest-growing economies in Africa and has a relatively stable democracy and a bird watcher’s paradise with 400-500 birds able to be ‘ticked’ in a two-to-three week tour, including about 40 endemic birds and several endemic animals. Tom showed us some of them through his wonderful photography. The next meeting, Flowers of the Arriege, will be on September 24.
GARDENERS: At their first meeting of the season, Wharfedale Gardeners were treated to a fascinating talk by Marilyn Elm, on the Arts and Crafts Garden. Marilyn, who lectures at Harlow Carr and Leeds University, gave an interesting introduction to the rise of the Arts and Crafts movement from about 1860 until its demise at the start of the First World War. The development of gardens gave this period the name “the Golden Age of Gardening”. Marilyn has a wealth of knowledge and her slides of houses, gardens and people of the period were beautiful and well captioned. The next meeting, on October 8 at 7.30pm at Otley Methodist Church, is by Jim Jermyn, plant hunter and alpine specialist and he will be talking on Galanthus and spring flowering bulbs.
BRIDGE CLUB: On Friday, September 13, seven and a half tables played 28 boards, N/S: 1st Mrs Pacey & Mrs Myers, 2nd Mrs Read & Mrs Greaves; E/W: 1st Mr & Mrs Shields, 2nd Mr Lee & Mrs Atkinson.