Where We Meet
We use the hall just behind St Mary's Church on Overleigh Road,
just South of the River Dee.
The post code for the Church is CH4 7HL.
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The church is an imposing building and easily spotted, whether you
approach from the city center by way of the old bridge ...
... or from the west by way of the new bridge or the Wrexham road
/ A55 junction.
The hall is directly behind the church and hardly visible from the
Go down the driveway between a telephone kiosk and the church
itself and turn right.
Some useful links
||Ron Rigby's site with lots of
information on the history of orchid growing
British Orchid Council
||Our national organisation for
orchid growing. There are lots of links here to other
orchid societies around the country.
||If you like orchid pictures, this site is a good place to start. If you like orchid species pictures, then ...
Jay Pfahl's Orchid
||... this is the place for you.
Work down through the preamble and finally reach over
The International Orchid Register
||Search the database of registered hybrids.
Use full or partial names to identify parents and children of a grex.
We meet at St Mary's Church Hall, Handbridge, Chester,
usually on the last Friday of the month but not in
December, July or August. The Hall is open from 7.30pm. Visitors are welcome in exchange for a small fee.
A programme of speakers is organised. Talks vary
from orchid hunting in the wild to cultivation of
different types of orchid. All members get a chance to
ask the speaker questions. This frequently
generates interesting discussions.
The annual subscription is currently £12. We no longer
offer double or family membership. Subscriptions are normally paid to the Membership
Secretary at or just after the October meeting.
We send an email to all our members about ten days before our regular meetings,
to remind them what is on and to pass on other information. We are happy to send
these to non-members and potential visitors - please make the request via the 'Contact Us' tab at the foot of this page.
Plants & Auction
We try to arrange the sale of plants regularly
throughout the year from respected nurseries.
Each year we hold an auction where members buy and sell
plants. Typically, about eighty plants are sold each year,
usually at very advantageous prices. A seller's and
buyer's premium operates (10% for each) and the proceeds are donated to
the Society. This is an excellent way to extend a
collection and try new types of orchid.
At meetings where no other plants are available, members
may offer their own orchid plants for sale. A 20%
seller's premium is levied to aid Society funds.
Members are encouraged to bring their plants in flower
to each meeting. Records are kept of how these plants
are grown and sometimes, individual plants are discussed
with the owner. There is a wealth of information within
the Society and it is our tradition that this is shared
freely amongst members.
Raffle & Refreshments
At most meetings there is a raffle. Members usually
donate orchid plants. Refreshments such as tea and
coffee are available during the evening, usually
immediately after the speaker.
We have a library that contains many books
suitable for both beginners and experts. Members can
borrow books for one month and can browse the reference
books, which cannot be loaned out.
The Society supports orchid conservation and has
donated funds to both the Rio Atlantic Trust, a
rainforest orchid conservation project in Brazil, to
refurbish a study centre for visiting students and
holiday visitors and also to Treborth Botanical Garden
to help insulate their orchid house.
CANWOS registered with the the Charity
Commission in 1993 but surrendered its registration in 2011. It is now a "Charity exempt
from the need to register". Tax paying members can
still benefit the Society by making a Gift Aid
declaration. Details can be obtained from the Treasurer
at any of the meetings.
The Society is a member of the British Orchid Council
(BOC) and sends two representatives to its meetings.
CANWOS is affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society
and members can use some of the benefits available.
A copy of our present Constitution is available for
downloading by clicking on " CANWOS
Constitution.pdf". This was revised at our