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CANWOS

Welcome to the CANWOS website !

orchid

We are a group of enthusiasts who meet to share our enjoyment of orchids.
Membership is open to anyone who is interested.
Beginners are very welcome!
Web site last update - 10th October 2018

Programme 2018/2019

2018
Friday 21st September The AGM
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Some orchids of Sikkim

Iain Wright

Friday 19th October
Orchid travel and Conservation in Myanmar

Dino Zelenika

Friday 18th November
Orchids of Borneo

Malcolm Moodie

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CANWOS entries for the BOC Photographic Competition, time permitting
2019
Friday 18th January Unusual orchids and how I grow them.

Tina Stagg

Friday 15th February
Neofinetia (Vanda) falcata and its history.

John Spires

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Voting in BOC Photographic Competition, time permitting
Friday 15th March
Terrestrial Orchids.
(Tropical and Hardy)

Mike Powell

Friday 12th April
Note early date to avoid Easter

The Auction
Friday 17th May
Miniatures my way.

Liz taylor

(Lincolnshire Orchid Group)

Friday 21st June Summer Medley.
Contributions from members focusing on orchid culture.
A date in late June/July - to be arranged A Field Trip, probably to the North Wales coast.
Friday 22nd September
The AGM
with other delights

Meetings

We meet at St Mary's Church Hall, Handbridge, Chester CH4 7HL, usually on the third Friday of the month but not in December, July or August. The Hall is open from 7.00pm.

Members are encouraged to bring their plants in flower to each meeting. There is a wealth of information within the Society and it is our tradition that this is shared freely amongst members.

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.

At most meetings there is a raffle. Members often 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.

Plants & Auction

At meetings where plants are not for sale by the evening's speaker, members may offer their own orchid plants for sale.  A 20% seller's premium is levied and donated to the Society.

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.

Membership

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.

Charitable Status

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.

Membership & Affiliation

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.

Constitution

A copy of our present Constitution is available for downloading by clicking on " CANWOS Constitution.pdf".   This was revised at our 2012 AGM.

British Orchid Council Our national organisation for orchid growing. There are lots of links here to other orchid societies around the country.
Orchid Photographs If you like orchid pictures, this site is a good place to start. If you like orchid species pictures, then ...
Jay Pfahl's Orchid Photographs ... this is the place for you. Work down through the preamble and finally reach over 17,158 orchids.
The International Orchid Register Search the database of registered hybrids.
Use full or partial names to identify parents and children of a grex.
Orchid History Ron Rigby's site with lots of information on the history of orchid growing

Contact us

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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 ...
from the east

... or from the west by way of the new bridge or the Wrexham road / A55 junction.
from the west

The hall is directly behind the church and hardly visible from the road.
Go down the driveway between a telephone kiosk and the church itself and turn right.
The drive way