TAGS has proved to be a good way of making friends as well as learning about gardening and
having an allotment.
In normal years we organise three trips to gardens, usually including one to RHS Rosemoor where we can take advantage of our affiliation to the RHS by offering free entrance. Most of the trips are by coach.
As an Affiliated member, the Society has a card available for Members to borrow, which permits reduced entry for 2 people to RHS Wisley, Rosemoor, Hyde Hall and Harlow Carr. Contact Social Secretaries to borrow the card.
We also organise at least 3 winter events, usually talks by garden experts on a wide range of subjects. We often host a “Gardeners Question Time” with 3 local garden experts on the panel
We work with Topsham Folk Club on the Topsham Wassail on the third Thursday in January too when we also host the final sing song in the Trading Hut.
If you have any ideas for trip or talks then we would be pleased to hear them, just email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also if you would like to go on any of the trips then please either email email@example.com or phone the Social Secretaries on 01392 877318. We prefer payment to be made at least 2 weeks before the trips, some do get sold out so don't leave it too late. Cash or cheques made payable to Topsham Allotments and Gardens can be left in the Trading Hut or sent to the Social Secretaries at 67 Newcourt Road, Topsham EX3 0BU.
It is not normally necessary to book our talks in advance, just come on the day and we would love it if you stay for a chat afterwards over tea, coffee and a biscuit.
Our current year's programme before COVID-19 restrictions were introduced was going to be :-
Thursday 23 rd April
OUTING BY COACH TO CAERHAYES CASTLE ( Sadly Cancelled CV19) 140 acres of gardens. Includes hour long guided tour of the Castle. Leave Holman Way car park at 9.30am, The Nelson at 9.35am. Return Topsham at about 6pm. Tickets for coach, garden and house to cost £25 for TAGS members, £26 for non members.
Saturday 2nd May
SEED AND PLANT SWAP at the Trading Hut at Butts Park 10.30am-12 noon. Bring any spare seeds, seedlings and plants to swap on the day. Enjoy tea/coffee and chat with other members. ( Sadly Cancelled CV19 but we are still trying to do something!)
Tuesday 9th June
OUTING BY COACH TO ABBOTSBURY( Sadly Cancelled CV19)
Includes gardens and swannery Leave Holman Way car park at 9.30am, The Nelson at 9.35am. Return Topsham at about 5pm. Tickets for coach and garden to cost £24.00 for members, £25.00 for non members.
Saturday 15th August
PHOTOGRAPH COMPETITION - Last day for entries. Details to follow in the Estuary magazine and by email to members.
Friday 21st August
BBQ hosted by Site Managers (venue to be advised) 6pm Bring your own food and drink to share. All TAGS members welcome.
Sunday 23rd August
FLOWER AND VEGETABLE SHOW, MATTHEWS HALL
Staging of entries and judging in the morning. Open to the public at 2pm. Why not give it a go, it's free to enter and free admission to the Show. All surplus produce
welcome for the stall.
Wednesday 9th September
OUTING BY COACH TO BISHOPS PALACE GARDENS, WELLS
Gardens, Bishops Palace and market. Includes hour long guided tour. Leave Holman Way car park at 9.30am, The Nelson at 9.35am. Return Topsham at
about 5pm. Tickets for coach, garden and Palace to cost £17 for TAGS members, £18 for non members.
Thursday 8th October
Katherine Crouch on Plants which should be Better Known 7.30pm in ST NICHOLAS CHURCH Members £3, non members £4 including tea
Saturday 21st November
OUTING BY COACH TO RHS ROSEMOOR GLOW
Leave Holman Way car park at 1.30pm, The Nelson at 1.35pm. Return Topsham at about 9pm. Tickets for coach and entrance to cost £10 for TAGS members, £11 for
non members. Supper will need to be booked in advance details to follow.
Thursday 21st January 2021
Topsham Wassail starting at Matthews Hall, ending at the Trading Hut. Time to be advised.
Thursday 11 th February 2021
Saul Walker on Stonelands:-One of Devon's Garden Secrets 7.30pm in ST NICHOLAS CHURCH Members £2, non members £3 including tea