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BEDFORDSHIRE: Hon. Sec: Mr David Livermore, 6 Cambridge Road, Barley, Royston, SG8 8HN.  Email: david.g.livermore@gmail.com . Meetings: Wilstead Village Hall, Nr Bedford, 7.30 pm. on 1st Monday, February to December. Programme on request.  http://www.bedfordshirealpines.com/

BIRMINGHAM & DISTRICT: Hon. Sec: Mrs Sonia Morris, 55 Grange Road, Stourbridge, DY9 7LH.  Tel:  01384 378609.   Meetings: The Unitarian New Meeting Church, 31 Ryland Street, Five Ways, Birmingham, B16 8BL, every  2nd Friday, January to April; September; October and December.  Birmingham Botanic Gardens Lecture, 3rdThursday in August. Roy Elliott Memorial Lecture 3rd Saturday in November. Garden visits March to August. Subscription: £6.00, Family £10.00. Visitors welcome.

BRISTOL: Hon. Sec: Cathy McLaren, 35 Quarrington Rd, Horfield, BS7 9PJ.  Tel: 0117 9513180 (only after 7pm) e-mail: cathymclaren75@gmail.com   Meetings: The Methodist Hall, Westbury-on-Trym, 3rd Friday 7.30 pm., September to May. Subscription: £10 per person; Visitors £2.

CHESHIRE-EAST: Hon. Sec: Vacant (Temporary Contact Bob Worsley e-mail: bob@homeinthegarden.co.uk  Meetings: Wilmslow Preparatory School, Grove Avenue, Wilmslow. Usually 3rd Monday, September to April, 7.30 pm. Summer Outings. Subscription: Single  £10.00;  Family £18.00;  Visitors £4.00.

CHESHIRE-WEST & WIRRAL: Hon. Sec: Peter Cunnington, 3 The Quillet, Neston, South Wirral, CH64 9QE. Tel: 0151 336 3407. Email: p.cunnington1@ntlworld.com Meetings: Gladstone Village Hall, The Village, Burton, Neston, South Wirral, CH64 5TH. 2nd Friday, September - May 7.15 pm. Subscription: £5.00 for AGS Members on production of a valid membership card  £8.00 for non-members. Visitors welcome.

CHESTERFIELD & DISTRICT: Hon. Sec:   Mr Steven Spells, 120 Prospect Road, Bradway, Sheffield, S17 4JE.  Tel: 0114 235 0125.  Email: steve@sueandsteve.myzen.co.uk.   Meetings: 2nd Sunday, 3 pm, September-May, in the Schoolroom, United Reformed Church, Cotton Mill Hill, Holymoorside, Chesterfield. Subscription: £3.00.

CHILTERN: Hon. Secs: Stephen Cotton, 59 Haw Lane, Bledlow Ridge, Bucks, HP14 4JH. Tel: 01494 481863.  Email: cotton768@btinternet.com     Meetings: Great Kingshill Village Hall, Nr. High Wycombe, at 7.30 pm., 2nd Friday each month, except June, July & August. Visitors very welcome. Subscription: £6.00; Family £9.00.

CLEVELAND: Hon. Sec:  Mr Barrie Roberts, Kyneholme, Knayton, Thirsk, N Yorks, YO7 4AU. E-mail: barrie.roberts@agsgroups.org    Meetings: Methodist Church Hall, Marton Moor Road, Nunthorpe, TS7 0BP at 7.30 pm 2nd Tuesday in month, September to April. Subscription: £6.00 single; £9.00 family. 

CORNWALL: Hon. Sec: Mrs Elsie Beamish, The Cottage, Carloggas, Penwithick, St Austell, PL26 8YS. Tel: 01726 850516. Meetings: St Marks Church Hall, Sticker, St Austell, 3rd Wednesday exc. August and December at 7.30 pm. Garden Visit in July. AGS Members visiting Cornwall are very welcome to our Meetings. Subscription: £7.00; Visitors £1.00.

COTSWOLD & MALVERN:  Hon. Sec:  Mrs Pam Turner, Bramblegarth, Forge Lane, Upleadon, Newent, GL18 1EF.  Tel:  01531 820666.  Meetings:  1st Wednesday, Redmarley Village Hall, Redmarley, Gloucestershire, 7.30pm., January to December, exc. August. Spring Show, Maisemore Village Hall, near Gloucester.  Subscription: £10.00; Joint £14.00; Visitors £3.00

DERBYSHIRE: Hon. Sec: David Charlton, 41 Cole Lane, Ockbrook, Derby, DE72 3RD.  Tel: 01332 668915. E-mail: david.charlton41@btinternet.com  Meetings: 1st Wed. Sept. to May, Breadsall Memorial Hall, Breadsall, Derby, 7.30 pm. Garden visits Feb. to June. Subscription: £5 per member

DEVON-EXETER: Hon. Sec: Mr Chris Birchall, Barratts Cottage, Clyst Hydon, Cullompton, Devon, EX15 2NQ. Tel: 01884 277614.  E-mail:  lorraine@talevalleynursery.co.uk    Meetings: 3rd Thursday, except July & August, 7.00 pm., Longdown Village Hall (on the Exeter to Moretonhampstead Road) Longdown Road, Nr Ide, Exeter. Excellent car parking. Subscription: AGS Members £5.00; Family £8.00; Non AGS Members £8.00; Visitors £2.00 per meeting.

DEVON-SOUTH: Hon. Sec: Andy Whorton, 30 Teignmouth Road, Holcombe, Dawlish, EX7 0JE.  Tel: 01626 862455.  Email: andy.whorton24@talktalk.net.    Meetings: Dartmoor Lodge, Pear Tree Corss, Ashburton, 1st Wednesday, Sept. to May, 7.15pm for 7.30 pm. Annual Subscriptions: AGS Members £8/£12; non AGS Members £10/£17;  £2.00 guests.

DORSET: Hon. Sec: Christine Chappell, 3 Church Lane, Frampton, Dorchester, Dorset, DT2 9NL. Tel: 01300 320247.   E-mail:  christinechappell14@gmail.com   Meetings: 1st Thurs, Sept to April;       1st Fri, May, Corfe Mullen Village Hall, Corfe Mullen, Wimborne 7.30 pm. Subscriptions: AGS Members £7.00; Family £12.00; Non-AGS Members £10.00;  Family £17.00; Visitors £2.50 per meeting.

EPPING FOREST: Hon. Sec: Ms Kit Strange, 5A Hartham Road, Bruce Grove, London, N17 6RZ.   Email:  Kit.Strange@agsgroups.org   Meetings: Theydon Bois Village Hall, Theydon Bois, Nr Epping, Essex, CM16 7ER, on the 2nd Tuesday of each month from September to May [except in 2010, the December meeting is  Wednesday, 15th].   Subscription: £5.00 plus £2.00 a meeting.

ESSEX: Hon. Sec: Ruth Jones, Famile House, Wayside, Little Baddow, Essex CM3 4RS.  Tel: 01245 227190. Meetings: New Village Hall, Church Road, Rawreth, Nr Wickford, 7.30pm last Thursday of month, exc. December. Subscription: £3.00;  and Partners £3.50; plus £2 per meeting. Guests £2.00

HAMPSHIRE: Hon. Sec: Mr Ben Parmee, 179 Hursley Road, Chandlers Ford, Eastleigh, SO53 1JH.  Tel: 023 8026 5672.  E-mail: ben179@hotmail.co.uk .   Meetings: Chilworth Hall, Chilworth, Southampton, doors open from 7pm for 7.30 pm start. 4th Thursday, Sept. to April. Subscription: AGS Member £10.00; Non AGS Members £11.00. Visitors £2.50.

IRELAND-CORK: Hon. Sec: Mrs Hester Forde, Coosheen, 15 Johnstown Park, Glounthaune, Co Cork, Ireland. Tel: 00 353 21 4353855. E-mail: hesterforde@hotmail.com

IRELAND-DUBLIN: Hon Sec: Barbara O'Callaghan, 181 Cherrywood Drive, Clondalkin, Dublin 22, Irish Republic.   E-mail: bearbeara181@gmail.com Tel: 00353 86 378 5242.     Meetings held at National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Co Dublin and also St Brigid's Hall, Stillorgan, usually 3rd Thursday, September to May at 8.00pm. See Local Website: http://www.alpinegardensociety.ie/ for programme of activities. Subscription: 18 Euros ; Family 25 Euros; Student 7.50 Euros.

IRELAND-ULSTER: Hon. Sec: Priscilla Dodd, Mill Cottage, 23 Seven Mile Straight, Muckamore, Co Antrim.  Tel: 02894 463989.  E-mail: pdmilcot16@yahoo.co.uk.    Website: www.alpinegarden-ulster.org.uk   Meetings:Main Hall, St Bride's Hall, Derryvolgie Avenue, Belfast,  at 2.30 pm. Saturdays, September to March. Summer garden visits. Subscription: £9.00; Family £14.00.

KENT-EAST: Hon. Sec: Gillian Ingram, Copton Ash, 105 Ashford Road, Faversham, Kent, ME13 8XW.  Tel: 01795 535919.  Email: coptonash@yahoo.co.uk      Meetings: Lower Hardres & Nackington Village Hall, Street End, Canterbury, CT4 5NP, 7.00pm for 7.30pm, meetings are held on the second Friday of the month.  Subscription: £7.00. Visitors £2.00.

MID-KENT: Acting Sec: David Hoare, Edgewood Rise,Canterbury Road, Lyminge,CT188HD  E-mail david.hoare603@tiscali.co.uk  Meetings: Madginford Village Hall, off Willington Street, Bearsted, 1st Friday at 8.00 pm., September to May. Garden visit in June. Subscription: £6.00; Visitors £2.00.

KENT-TUNBRIDGE WELLS: Hon. Sec: Mrs Kay Cox, 19 Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells, TN2 5TA Tel: 01892 534139.  E-mail: tokay57@sky.com. Meetings: Main Hall, King Charles the Martyr Church, Warwick Park, Tunbridge Wells, 7.30 for 8.00 pm. 1st Monday of the month, unless it falls on a Bank Holiday, then the 2nd Monday, September to May, with the exception of January. Group BBQ in June/July.  Subscription: £5.00; Visitors £1.00.

KENT-WEST: Hon. Sec: Mr Rodney Starmer, Strathmore, Tan House Road, Oxted, Surrey, RH0 9PE. Tel: 01883 713043. Meetings: Crofton Halls, Orpington (adjacent to Orpington Station) second Tuesday in the month [unless a Public Holiday when it is the next day, the Tuesday] at 7.30 pm. Subscription: £10.00.

LANCASHIRE-EAST: Hon. Sec: Cliff Booker, 5 Harwin Close, Shawclough, Rochdale, OL12 7UY.  Tel:  01706 534626.  Email: bookcliffo@aol.com      Meetings:  Ramsbottom Civic Hall, Nr. the junction Bolton St. & Bridge St., Ramsbottom, Nr. Bury, usually on Mondays at 7.45 pm., September to June. Summer outings. Subscription: £1.00 plus room charge at each meeting. Lecture programme sent on request, SAE please. Visitors welcome.

LANCASHIRE-NORTH: Hon. Sec: Mrs Liz Walsh, 3 Thirsk Road, Bowerham, Lancaster, LA1 4NF.  Tel: 01524 36627  Meetings: Lancaster Methodist Church, Scotforth Road, Greaves, Lancaster, LA1 4TE on 3rd Thursday, Sept to April 7.30 pm. Subscription: £6.00; Family £9.00; Visitors £3.00.  [There is a charge of £1.00 per lecture at meetings].

LANCASHIRE-SOUTH: Hon. Sec: Joan Vincent, 34 Burden Road, Moreton, Wirral, Merseyside, CH46 6BQ. Tel: 0151 678 1621. Meetings: in the Emmanuel Church Hall, Cambridge Road, Southport. (north on A565). Usually 2nd Saturday of month September to May. 2.00 for 2.30 pm. Subscription: £2.00; Family £3.50. Entrance £2.00 per meeting.

LEICESTERSHIRE: Hon. Sec: Mr Eric Webster, 25 Highfields Drive, Loughborough, Leics., LE11 3JS. Tel: 01509 261626. E-mail: dozzer.lobro@tiscali.co.uk   Meetings: Braunstone Civic Centre, Kingsway, Braunstone, Leicester, 4th Wednesday, September to May, 7.30 pm. Subscription: £5.00 per member.

LONDON-CENTRAL: Hon. Sec: Mr R Barker, Flat 2, 27 Great Ormond Street,, London, WC1N 3JB. Tel: 07946 413258. E-mail: roy.barker@theforwardgroup.com) Meetings: Royal Horticultural Society, New Hall, Greycoat Street, London SW1, on 1st day of RHS Shows, September to June 6.15 pm. Programme on request. Visitors welcome.

LONDON-WEST: Hon. Sec: John Humphries, Lodore, Star Hill, Hartley Wintney, RG27 8AQ. Tel: 01252 844078. E-mail: john.humphries@bull.co.uk Meetings: Horsenden Hall, Perivale Community Centre, Horsenden Lane South, Perivale, Middlesex, UB6 7NP, 8.00 for 8.15 pm., 4th Thursday, Sept. to Nov./January to June inclusive. [No meetings Dec., July or August]. Summer visits. Subscription:- £6.00; additional Family Member £3.50; Visitors £2.00.

MID-ANGLIA: Hon. Sec: Mrs Veronica Munson, The Priory, Flowton, Ipswich, IP8 4LH.  Tel: 01473 658425.  Meetings: Community House, Birdbrook, usually the 2nd Saturday each month. Garden meetings in Summer. Subscription: £2.00.

NORFOLK: Hon.Sec: Mrs Diane Blyth, 33 Stoke Road, Poringland, Norwich, NR14 7NJ. Tel: 01508 494277.  Meetings: Hettersett New Village Hall, Hettersett, Norwich, 3rd Wed at 7.30 pm., except January, July & August when meetings are held at different times and places. Subscription £5.00; Visitors £1.00

NORTHAMPTON: Hon. Sec:  Geoffrey Oddy, 2 Hawthorn Drive, Brackley, Northants, NN13 6PA.  Tel: 01280 700787.  Email: jean.geoffoddy@btinternet.com.    Meetings: Weston Favell Parish Hall, Northampton, 3rd Wednesday each month, (exc August) at 7.30pm. Subscription: £15.00 Family; £10.00 Single.

NORTH EAST ENGLAND: [Northumberland & Durham]  Hon. Sec: Martin Hughes  Email: mhughes.restinghill@googlemail.com     Meetings: St Mary’s Church Hall, Ponteland, 2nd Monday in the month at 7.30 pm. Garden visits June & July. Subscription: £8.00.

NOTTINGHAM: Hon. Sec: Mr Alwyn Foster, Otterpool, 4 Hillcrest Gardens, Burton Joyce, Nottingham, NG14 5DE. Tel: 0115 9312571. Meetings: Wollaton Park Community Association, Community Centre, Harrow Road, Wollaton Park, Nottingham, NG8 1FG. 2nd Wednesday of month September to May at 7.30 pm. Subscription: £6.00; Family £9.00 plus a meeting charge of 50p per attendee. Visitors £1.00.

OXFORD & DISTRICT: Hon. Sec: Mrs Celia Sawyer, The End, 75 Old Hill, Long Compton, Shipston on Stour, CV36 5LE.  Tel: 01608 684755. Email: celia.sawyer@btinternet.com   Meetings: Exeter Hall, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxford, OX5 1AB, 2nd Wednesday of the month from September to April at 7.30pm.  Garden visits in summer.  Subscription: £5.00.  Visitors most welcome: £2.00.

SHROPSHIRE: Hon. Sec: Mr Les Jones, 26 Wharf Close, St Georges, Telford, TF2 9PX.  Tel: 01952 619659.  Meetings: 1st Tuesday, September to November and February to May, 7.30 pm. at Bayston Hill Memorial Hall, Lyth Hill Road, Bayston Hill, Shrewsbury, SY3 0EW.

SOMERSET: Hon. Sec:  Richard Horswood, Freshfields, Fenny Bridges, Honiton, Devon, EX14 3BG. Tel: 01404 850868. E-mail: skrah@btinternet.com Meetings: 4th Wednesday of month at 7.30 pm, The Frank Bond Community Centre, 84 Mountway Road, Bishops Hull, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 5DS. Subscription: £6.00; Family £10.00. Visitors £1.00.

SURREY-EAST: Hon. Sec: Mrs Janet Pepper, Lower Flat, 147A Waton Road, Woking, GU21 5DU.  Tel: 07885 278835 E-mal: janetpepper2@gmail.com. Meetings: Christ Church Hall, Christ Church Road, Stamford Green, Epsom, KT19 8NE (¾ mile from Epsom Station, car park next to the Church), 1st Tuesday of every month 7.30 pm. Occasional garden visits and field trips. Subscription: £7.00 and visitors £1.00.

WOKING-WEST SURREY: Hon. Sec: Mike Morton, Cedarhurst, Kettlewell, Woking, GU21 4JA. Tel: 01483 768047. E-mail: manda.morton@btinternet.com. Meetings: Mayford Village Hall, Saunders Lane, Mayford, Woking, Surrey, GU22 0NN. 1st Thursday, 7.30 pm., except June, July & August. Subscription: £10.00 Single; £15.00 Double or Family and £2.00 visitors.

SUSSEX-WEST: Hon. Sec: Dr Alison Fitzgerald, 77 Marden Way, Petersfield, Hampshire, GU31 4PW. E-mail: alsi.fitzerald@btinternet.com Meetings: Donnington Parish Hall, Donnington, Chichester, 7.30 pm., 2nd Monday, Sept. to April. Subscription: AGS Members Single £12.00. Couple (resident at same address) £20.00.  Visitors £3.00.

WALES-NORTH:  Hon. Sec:   Mrs Hazel Cave, 4 Treforris Cottages, Treforris Road, Dwygyflchi, Penmaenmawr, LL34 6RG. Tel: 01492 622868. E-mail nwalesags@gmail.com. Facebook: North Wales Alpine Garden Society.  Meetings: Held at Llandygai Villige Hall on 2nd Wednesday of the month. The Len Beer Lecture in March is held at The Main Arts Theatre, University of Wales, College Road, Bangor.  Subscription: £6.00. Family £9.00.

WALES-SOUTH: Hon. Sec: Mrs R Wallis, Llwyn Ifan, Porthyrhyd, Carmarthen, SA32 8BP.Tel: 01267 275205. Meetings: Pencoed College, Nr Bridgend. Usually 2nd or 3rd Wed. or Fri. of Autumn & Spring months, 7.00 pm. Tel. for exact dates. Summer garden visits. Subscription: £6.00; Family £8.00; Visitors £1.00.

WARWICKSHIRE: Hon. Sec: Mrs Jo Walker , 9 Bellamy Farm Road, Shirley, Solihull,
B90 3DH.   Tel: 0121 744 3129.  Meetings: Bishopton Community Centre, Drayton Avenue, Stratford-on-Avon, 7.30 pm., usually on 3rd Monday of the month, Sept. to May. Subscription £10.00

WILTSHIRE: Hon.Sec: Mr Grahame Fowkes, 14 Wells Close, Chippenham, SN14 0QD. Tel: 01249 654918   Email:   fowkes810@btinternet.com.    Meetings:   Westbury Leigh Community Hall, on the main road through Westbury Leigh Village  7.00 for 7.30 pm, 2nd Friday of each month,  September - May.   Subscriptions:   Single £5.00; Family £8.00; plus £1.00 per meeting when there is a speaker.  New Members very welcome.

YORKSHIRE-WEST: Hon. Sec:  Miss Liz Barber, 68 Eden Close, Woodthorpe, York, YO24 2RD. Tel: 01904 704459.   Meetings: St Chad’s Parish Centre, Otley Road, Leeds 16, 2nd Saturday, September to May at 2.30 pm. Subscription: £15; Visitors £2.00.