All Saints Cotgrave
All Saints Ladies Fellowship
We are a group of ladies who meet on the first Tuesday of each month in All Saints Church. Our meetings start at 2pm.
We have a guest speaker, followed by tea, coffee, biscuits and a chat!
We also have a sales table - the proceeds from this raises money for Traidcraft and also our own funds. Our subs are £7
a year and there is a small charge for a raffle ticket and refreshments.
New members are always welcome!
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Latest news - details of our last meeting on Tuesday 7th April
Our meeting began with Wyn’s prayer as usual. We had a good turn out of members with everyone looking forward to
Gardens through the Ages with Marion Wallwork.
Marion had a substantial selection of pictures of gardens depicting the history of flowers and gardens from 3000 BC to
modern day formal gardens. We worked through these in seasonal order starting with Spring. We saw gardens from all
over the world from the Hanging Gardens of Nineveh to Pompeii and Grenada. The variation of styles and colour was
In Great Britain it was the monasteries which started growing things for food as well as beauty. They developed roses and
lilies which were also symbolic of their religion. As time went by the big houses and castles had gardens to enhance the
surroundings and define their land. There were new creatures introduced such as deer and rabbits which began as
hunting prey but later ate the plants and vegetables – not so good!
The Royal families also had amazing gardens, some of which survive today. Hardwick Hall is well known for its herb
gardens, and knot gardens were also introduced. The National Trust is the guardian of a great number of wonderful
gardens and estates which many of Marion’s pictures showed. She explained that the rich who grew lawns were showing
that they had no need to grow vegetables! We saw so many famous gardens from Abbeys and large houses and those
designed for a special reason, eg the Oxford Physic Garden. Older houses had an Orangery which was the predecessor of
the greenhouse. There were many ‘English Landscape’ gardens from 1700’s which can still be visited. Famous designers
include Robert Adam and Caperbility Brown, and their work is still present in lots of local gardens, too many to list here.
Marion’s final comment was that ‘Gardens are for ever for Everyone'.