Would you like to start a new CGS group in your area?
Firstly, you are very welcome to email Jean Roscoe:
our Groups Coordinator, for help and advice and it always a
good idea to let her know your plans as soon as possible.
Bear in mind that new regional groups should ‘promote the
aims and aspirations of the Society’ and that all members
of the newly formed group should be paid up members
of the National Society. Only members of the National
Society are covered by CGS insurance should an accident
occur at meetings and outings.
You decide on where the first meeting will be and at that
meeting you can discuss what members would like the format
- When to meet - all year round, or spring to autumn,
once a month or more often; at what time?
- Where to meet - at a local village hall or in a member’s home?
- What you want to do - have talks, garden visits, plant
sales, plant swaps or all of these?
- How to fund the meetings - an annual charge, a charge
to attend meetings, raise funds from raffles, plant sales, etc.?
Note that newly set up groups can apply to the CGS
Executive Committee for an interest-free loan to cover initial
costs of, for instance, a meeting room, trips, speakers,
advertising, etc. Any loan must be repaid within 12 months
of the establishment of the new group.
Once you have a nucleus of a group, contact the Groups
Coordinator to confirm you are going ahead and ask our editor,
Julia Boulton, to put an announcement
in the CGS magazine.
- How to attract more members:
Clive Lane, our Administrator, can help.
You can also advertise in your local garden centre, library, paper,
etc. There is a CGS poster on the website which can be downloaded.
Don’t be put off by a slow response, a few people are enough to
make a start!
Once you have your group set up, officers can be elected as
you think necessary. In all cases, it is advisable to have a
Chairperson/Group Leader and a Treasurer. A named contact
person is needed for the website. A committee can be formed
later, if required.
- The constitution
Available under the ‘About Us’ section of the website.
The formal rules about setting up of groups and this must be
read and adhered to. Note that should the group fold at any
time, its funds, property, books and papers are to be handed
over to the Executive Committee to go into general CGS funds.
Though the Executive Committee has to have responsibility
for CGS regional groups to protect the reputation of the Society,
it does not interfere in the normal running of the groups; each
acts more or less independently.
A full downloadable copy of this information is available HERE