Sponsors Events




Pats Pantry




KFHS Development


Web Links





KFHS Website


Modest changes to the KFHS website and its navigation have been undertaken during recent months and further modifications are currently being prepared.

Our aim is to not only bring the structure of the website up-to-date but to also prepare it for migration to new software with responsive display capabilities.

Responsive websites automatically adapt to any screen size so that visuals may be displayed and navigated as easily on mobiles as they can on tablet and desktop PCs.

We will endeavour not to cause unnecessary confusion during the transition period.


Societies and Sponsors have been allocated individual webpages and original data held by KFHS has been transferred to them.

We would be most grateful if you could check all data relevant to your organisation and advise of any errors or omissions.

The new pages can provide additional fields for publishing news, events and other information.

If you would like additional data to be added, please e-mail your text to:


We are considering introducing a new regular news feature inviting guest societies to provide an introduction to themselves and their members.

Details could include an overview of catchment area, membership, meetings, facilities, interests, specialities, activities, shows, talks, visits, awards, ambitions

- in fact anything that visitors to our website may find of interest and could encourage them to meet with or join your society.

We would be interested to receive feedback on the suggestion and/or any articles you would like to contribute for publication.





KFHS welcomes the Rough Common & Harbledown Gardeners Association


Rough Common & Harbledown Gardeners Association recently joined the KFHS and we hope that its members

greatly enjoy and benefit from future contact and shared experiences with other affiliated clubs and societies.


RCHGAs details may be found in its Society webpage.





KFHS welcomes the Shepway Chariots


Shepway Chariots are a newly formed organisation with an ambition of bringing the community together through our ongoing project of a community garden and wildlife corner, growing fresh fruit and vegetables.

As well as holding weekly fun filled activities, such as fun with food day and gardening activity workshops, we hold coffee and friendship mornings for elderly residents.


We have recently acquired half an acre of disused and overgrown land in Maidstone. It had become a hotspot for fly tipping and antisocial behaviour.

Our aim is to transform this unloved area into a fully functioning community garden.

We will encourage local residents to learn how to grow and harvest their own fresh fruit and vegetables in a bid to encourage healthy eating and an active lifestyle.

We hope to reduce social isolation and promote community engagement.


We have been awarded funding from the national lottery in order to build a large log cabin so we can accommodate groups of school children and residents.

As well as enabling us to make teas and coffees for the elderly on coffee and friendship mornings, we hope to start some cookery classes and engage residents in learning how to cook and eat healthily.


The benefits our project will bring are amazing. We have local schools, Mote Park Scouts and the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Probation Service plus many more already involved.

We just need you to help us to help our community.




Royal Horticultural Society Show Handbook


The new 8th Edition of the RHS Show Handbook has recently been published and is available from all RHS outlets including RHS Gardens


This latest edition includes a number of important changes relating to the judging of vegetables and flowers which Judges and Show Secretaries should be aware of




Jim Buttress


Jim Buttress launched his book during 2016:


The People`s Gardener


Personalised copies can be obtained from his website:


Jim also gives horticultural tips and advice on Facebook and on his YouTube channel



   Sponsors Events


November 2017 Events


This month, the following Sponsors will be hosting special events. Please see their web pages for details:


Godinton House & Gardens





KFHS Committee Meeting Dates




The next meeting will be held on 13 February 2018.


Committee meetings are held at Detling Village Hall at 19:30.


Any matters Societies or members would like to bring to the Committee`s attention, please advise the Secretary not less than 14 days prior to any meeting.



   Pats Pantry


Pat`s Pantry


Pat Westgate 01580 753895


Orange & Apricot Drizzle Cake




For the cake:

170g (6oz) butter

226g (8oz) dried apricots (chopped)

141g (5oz) caster sugar

28g (1oz) dark brown moist sugar

283g (10oz) self raising flour

Zest and juice of 2 oranges (inc juice for drizzle)

3 medium eggs


For the drizzle

One tablespoon of orange juice

56g (2oz) of white sugar




Prepare the cake:

Heat the apricots in the zest and juice for about 5 minutes, then stand the mixture aside and allow it to get cold.

Cover with the mixture with a lid to prevent it from drying out.


With your fingers, combine the sugars, then add the butter and cream the mixture together.

Beat in the eggs, then fold in the apricots and flour.


Cook in a greased, lined 1kg (2lb) loaf tin for approx. 60 minutes at 170 degC (gas mark 3).


Prepare the drizzle syrup:

Mix and heat the orange juice and sugar until boiling.


Finishing touches:

Remove the cake from the oven when cooked and immediately pour the drizzle syrup over it.

Both the cake and the syrup should be piping hot so the syrup will sizzle against the tin.

The syrup will slowly absorb into the cake and will add to the flavour.


The cake cuts very cleanly and freezes well.




Looking for Bikini Vases?


Supplies from:


C. Sales & Son


2. Warwick Road, Little Canfield, Dunmow, Essex, CM6 1GB


Contact: Sue Gowlett

01279 871 345



   KFHS Development


Judges and Speakers


The Federation is very keen to increase the numbers of judges and speakers listed in the KFHS directory.

Have you ever considered becoming a judge at shows or giving a talk on your own specialist subject?


The Federation is continually on the lookout for additional people to train as judges, and anyone who is keen to share their interests in all manner of subjects not necessarily associated with horticulture.

If you are already a judge or speak at society meetings but as yet are not registered in the Federation book please give us a call.


As a Society, have you booked your judges or speakers using your J & S list, or have you been able to find somebody by other means?

If so do you think you could persuade your contact to add their name to our list.

The Judges and Speakers list is a completely free means of introducing oneself to the numerous societies who are forever seeking to find new people to entertain or judge at their meetings or shows.


The Federation also arranges training for anyone who is keen to learn various subjects.

Vegetables - Flowers - Home Economics


The Federation published the latest edition of the Judges & Speakers list in December 2015.

If you would like to have your name included in the list or would like further information on training, please contact us.




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