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CHICHESTER ORGANIC GARDENING SOCIETY

CELEBRATES ITS TWENTY YEAR ANNIVERSARY

WITH A CELEBRATORY FEAST

A magnificent feast was served after the AGM of Chichester Organic Gardening Society on Monday 29 October 2012. It was to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of the society and one of the founder members, Susan Maguire, was there to remind members of past times.
After a short meeting, when the business was speedily and efficiently dealt with, members and guests were invited to tuck into the food, all organically grown and prepared by members.
Between the courses Susan Maguire gave a brief talk about the enthusiasm with which COGS was founded, and explained the rationale behind its conception and introduced the retro exhibits she had saved from the first meetings.

Geoff King also spoke about the Bishop's Palace Garden and hoped that some members would volunteer to help there.
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Terry Timblick introduced the book he had co-authored with his wife, Christine, and offered copies at a discounted price. The new book 'A Picture of the South Downs' appeals to both lovers of Art and Nature and is available direct from the authors.
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The well known RHS award winner Barry Chambers was also present and is offering one day informal Garden Design Courses starting on November 15th.

Thus informed, everyone then fell on the desserts with relish and the convivial atmosphere of celebration continued for some time.

A SELECTION FROM THE MENU

FIRST COURSE

  • Savoury Cheese and Pepper Polenta Cake with chilli
  • Courgette Bake with carrot, onion, eggs and milk
  • Pasta, cucumber, rocket, peppers in vinaigrette
  • Beetroot, onions and fresh mixed herbs in balsamic vinegar
  • Broccoli salad
  • Mild harissa couscous with roasted vegetables, feta, cashews and figs in dressing
  • Baby spinach, grated carrot, tomato, red peppers, mixed beans and chick peas
  • Savoury Pumpkin Pie with onion, potato, cheddar cheese, chilli, seasonings in flaky pastry
  • Pickled runner beans
  • Roasted peppers
  • Plum chutney
  • Avocado dressing with olive oil, lemon juice, Dijon mustard,tabasco.
  • A selection of homemade breads

SECOND COURSE

  • Apple crumble with redcurrants, blackcurrants and raspberries
  • Apple flan with apricot glaze
  • Sweet pumpkin pie
  • Linzer torte - pastry: almonds, flour, eggs, sugar, olive oil; fruit: raspberries, blackberries, loganberries, currants
  • Paradise Slice with Weald and Downland flour, butter, sugar, coconut, mixed fruit, cherries
  • Cinnamon Buns - very sticky!!

Report by Susan Sinnett-Jones