National Auricula & Primula Society
Northern Section
Northern Section
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A gentle reminder from our Editor
Will all members please ensure that any articles and/or photos for this years Yearbook reach our Editor kate.gwillym@btinternet.com by the deadline of Saturday 31 July 2021.

Item posted - 24 July 2021

North-East Group.
We are delighted to report that the NE Group monthly meetings will re-start on Tuesday 3rd August 2021, at the Newbottle Working Men's Club, upstairs in the Snooker Room, from 7pm to 9pm. All members existing and new are most welcome. For further details see Diary page.

Item posted - 11 July 2021

alison goldie

It with with much sadness that we have to report the death of Alison Goldie on the 12th May.

Her funeral is to take place on 24th May, in Friockheim, Angus. Covid restrictions limit the numbers attending.

Alison was, until its demise earlier this year, Secretary of the Scottish Society and for many years she ran with Mark Hutson, Angus Plants.

We offer our deepest sympathy to her family and friends.

Item posted - 20 May 2021

Bob Archdale.
Regretfully we have been advised that Bob Archdale, a long standing Primula and Auricula grower, passed away on 17th April 2021, just short of his 102nd birthday.

Bob was mainly a Midland member, however it is understood he was also a past Northern member. Together with Peter Ward he started the Saltford group.

Our condolences go to his family and friends.

Item posted - 21 April 2021

Scottish Society.
Sadly we have been advised that the Scottish Society has been wound down.

Despite valiant effort by Mark and Alison over a prolonged period, it was decided to close for a number of reasons.

We wish them and all their members well and hope they continue to grow and enjoy their plants.

Item posted - 3 April 2021

Northern Section Shows 2021 Cancelled.
Regretfully once again the committee have come to the difficult decision of cancelling the 2021 shows, for the well being of our members.

We will leave the AGM open for now as it is almost 9 months away and things are changing, almost daily. Hopefully we will be allowed to hold an AGM this year.

Plans are under way to hold a photographic competition for members to show their plants grown this year. Further details will be announced in this years issue of Vernalis and here on the web site.

Item posted - 4 February 2021

Member Contact Details.
Have you used all your extra spare time this year to tidy up?
Have you changed to a new e-mail provider?
Do we still have your correct e-mail address?
If you have changed e-mail in the last 18 months or so, please ping a quick e-mail to naps1873@gmail.com to make sure you still receive all communications and important information.

Item posted - 8 December 2020

Seed Exchange 2021. Our President and Seed Scheme Organiser, Chris Gill, reminds all members to consider donating spare seed to the Seed Exchange scheme, if they have not done so already. This allows members to purchase at a very reasonable cost, quality seed for growing on. Ideal if you are just starting and want to try growing from seed.

To allow Chris sufficient time to sort and pack the seed, and allow for administration and postage time, but still leaving sufficient time to allow sowing in January/February, please send your spare seed as soon as possible.

Please send your seed to Chris Gill, see details.

Item posted - 14 November 2020

ann pickering

It with with much sadness that we have to report the death recently of Anne Pickering. Anne had been a NAPS member for many years, and a loyal supporter of the North Eastern Group. A respected primula grower, Anne had been training to judge Primulas at the Northern shows. With her professional background as a botanist and horticulturist, she gave several talks to the North Eastern Group on botany, plant pests and diseases, often bringing along a microscope for everyone to examine seeds, leaves, petals and farina. Anne will be sadly missed.

We offer our deepest sympathy to her family.

Item posted - 9 July 2020

trevor newton

It with with great sadness that we have to report the death of Trevor Newton. Trevor joined the Northern Society in the early 1980s and rapidly established himself as a major exhibitor, winning a number of Premier Medals and Trophies. He was a keen supporter of the North Eastern Section and often dominated the Show Auricula classes there. His main love was for the Show Selfs and for over 20 years he raised many top varieties, including: Red Sonata, Knights, Prince Bishops, Old Vinovian, Erjon and Sunnybrow. He was still exhibiting his new Red Self seedlings at Newbottle until very recently and will be greatly missed.

We offer our deepest sympathy to his wife and family.

Item posted - 15 June 2020