Charing Gardeners' Society was formed 125 years ago. During the early years of our society we had just one main event run in a marquee at the summer fete.

We are a thriving society of over 150 members with friendly people of all levels of abilities and we welcome new members at any time of year at any of our events. We are really pleased to report that there has been a great uptake in membership over the last 3 years and we are especially keen to encourage more children and families to take up gardening and participate in our programme of events.

The current membership cost is still just £3 per person and that entitles you to:

  • a copy of our 2021 annual: 60 pages of news, articles and information on our events. See a copy of our previous annual here

  • monthly emails with news & event reminders (optional)

  • reduced price access to some of our trips

  • discounted entry to our shows

  • ability to win trophies at the shows


To attend the Wine & Wander events you will need to show your membership card. So don't delay, join today. Simply contact our membership secretary, Jacqui Watson (01233 877751) or click below.

Heather Button
chairman & publicity

The Chairman organises the committee and chairs the meetings, delegates the activities of the committee and ensures the smooth running of the society. The publicity role is to prepare the newsletter and circulate, to write the content for the parish magazine and to update local media on activities.

Karen Saunders
vice chair & editor

The vice chairman stands in for the chairman when necessary. The editor produces the annual each year and also manages the website.

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Aly Pinnock

The role of the secretary is to take the minutes of the committee meetings and circulate them, to ensure actions are clearly allocated, to prepare notifications and circulate documents for the AGM.

Melissa Alexander

The treasurer pays invoices and expenses, pays in monies to the bank, prepares a monthly financial update for the committee and the annual accounts for the auditor.

Jacqui Watson
membership secretary

The membership secretary handles all new membership enquiries and renewals and manages the membership records.

Janet Wilkinson
social sectretary

The role of the social secretary is to book speakers for our talks and confirm presentation details with them and ensure they are paid.

Tony Green
plant sales

Tony is a relatively new member of the society but since joining has enthusiastically entered our shows and opened his garden for a socially distant Wine and Wander in 2020.

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Barbara Newman

Barbara books our visits and coaches, organises the wine and wander events and manages the provision of and teas/ wine for our talks and events.


If you are interested in helping us put on events for you please ask one of us about joining the committee.  Many hands make light work.

show secretary

The show secretary manages the show schedule, entries and results, books the RHS judges, manages the show on the day, calculates winners and oversees the presentation of prizes and Inter-village competition.