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Chairman’s Introduction    

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! I wish you health and happiness for 2018 and hope that you will continue to enjoy the THACS events and newsletters. 

Ray Keppler (Chairman)


It’s time for a new editor, who can bring their own style and fresh approach to the newsletters. Could that be you? 

There are five THACS newsletters each year and your role as editor would be to collate and edit articles about forthcoming or recent events, insert the adverts and get the newsletters ready for printing. You would not need to write anything yourself (except maybe an editorial introduction) and you do not need to be able to use any sophisticated desk-top publishing tools. However, you would need to be able to work to publishing deadlines and to orchestrate the contributors to get their articles to you on time.  

The role of Newsletter Editor has always been done by a member of the THACS committee and so you would be most welcome to join us. This would make your editorial task easier because you would have a better understanding of THACS activities and be able to discuss and influence editorial policy and newsletter content. However, you could be Newsletter Editor without joining the committee if that would suit you better. 

If you would like to know more, please contact me. 

Ray Keppler   Email: raykeppler@btinternet.com   Telephone: 01438 717545

THACS  Events 

For ease of reference, here are the dates and titles of our events, together with the closing dates for the associated bookings. 



Closing date for bookings

15th January

Annual General Meeting*

No booking required

14th April

Spring Show

8th April

1st September

Autumn Show

26th August


* Notices for the Annual General Meeting can be found  HERE, click on Forthcoming Events for more information.


Photographs of THACS previous events 

For pictures of the Autumn Show and Show Winners click   HERE

To see pictures of THACS previous events click  HERE  then scroll

down to find the album containing the pictures you want to view.

Pictures by John Ling, Byron Sinfield, Mike Clark

Other News

Donations to charity

At the Spring and Autumn shows this year, there was considerable interest and a great deal of enthusiasm for the children’s work.  Their wonderful exhibits sparked off some animated conversations among visitors to the shows. Most of the exhibits come from children who attend Tewin Cowper School, Tewin Under-Fives Pre-school  or the Tewin Parent and Toddler group. In recognition of the hard work and enthusiasm of the children and the adults who make it all possible, the THACS committee has recently made a donation of £50 to each of these three organisations.

We have also made a donation of £100 to St John of God Hospitaller Services (Digswell Nurseries), using the money raised from the sale of produce at the two shows. Digswell Nurseries is a horticultural centre selling a wide range of plants whilst providing a supportive working environment and training for vulnerable adults.  (You can find out more at their website www.digswell.org.uk).

The donations support the aims of THACS, which are to promote the good cultivation of gardens and allotments, to foster interest in garden design and plants and to encourage village arts and crafts. 

Galleries, Museums and much more....

As 10cc said in their classic Art for Art’s Sake, Money for God’s Sake well there will be plenty of art available and some of it will cost nothing to see.

London Art Fair

The London Art Fair returns for its 30th anniversary 17th- 21st January 2018 and will be an unmissable opening to the international art calendar.

Over the last thirty years, London Art Fair has given access to exceptional modern and contemporary art, as well as expert insight into the changing market. Presenting leading British and international galleries alongside curated spaces Art Projects and Photo50, the Fair invites collectors and visitors to discover works by renowned artists from the 20th Century to today.

The fair takes place at

Business Design Centre
52 Upper Street
London N1 0QH

 Call 020 7288 6475 for further details or visit. businessdesigncentre.co.uk

Art courses

If you feel the need for instruction there are weekend courses available at The Art Academy (http://artacademy.org.uk). Courses cover drawing, painting, sculpture, etching, wood carving and many more. Beginners and experienced hands, have a look at their site.


Harry Potter a history of magic at the British Library on now until 28th February 2018.

Cezanne Portraits at the National Portrait Gallery until 11th February 2018.

Tate Modern are showing Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Not everyone will be taken into the future, on now until 28th January 2018.

I highlighted a number of exhibitions in our last newsletter and would remind you to check http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/ for what is happening at the National Gallery.

The Science Museum has a number of exhibitions on: - Illuminating India on until March 2018, Super bugs, The Fight for our Lives on till Spring 2019 and, for Star Wars fans, there is The Last Jedi in IMAX 2D from December 14th, and much more. Check www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/see-and-do for times and prices.

The V&A are showing Winne-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic from December 9th to April 2018 along with other exhibitions. Check www.vam.ac.uk for times and prices.

The Natural History Museum are showing Wildlife Photographer of the Year until 28th May 2018, featuring over 100 images showing the drama and beauty of the natural world.

Did you know the Natural History Museum have galleries at Tring? There are hundreds of exhibits on display there, all donated by Walter Rothschild. It’s not too far to drive, has free entry and there is free parking. If you fancy a little shopping, you’re a few minutes’ walk from the town centre. See nhm.ac.uk/tring for more information.

If you make it to Tring, then a short distance from there is Aylesbury, where you can visit the Bucks County Museum. There you will find the Roald Dahl Children’s Gallery, full of amazing exhibits inspired by his famous stories. See  buckscountymuseum.org for more info and prices.

Lastly if fashion is of interest to you then Diana, Her Fashion Story is displayed at the birthplace and childhood home of Queen Victoria, Kensington Palace. After a £12- million renovation, it is well worth visiting, Look at www.hrp.org.uk/kensington-palace for times and prices.

I hope some of these are of interest and you find time for a visit.

Jim Hall (Vice Chairman)


THACS  is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society 



Updated  AF - 27/12/2017