Fuchsia Society

Manchester Fuchsia Society

Affiliated to the British Fuchsia Society, North West Fuchsia Societies, and Royal Horticultural Society.

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History of the Society

The Society was formed in 1970 by a group of fuchsia enthusiasts led by the late Harry Leytham. The area from which the founder members came stretched as far as Preston and the Fylde Coast.

For the full story we need to go back a lot further, in fact to 1957 because that was the year of the first British Fuchsia Society's Northern Show held at The Sale Civic Theatre. During the period 1957 to 1968 the B.F.S. Northern show grew in strength, and from this it became obvious that there was a lot of local interest in the cultivation of fuchsias. Mr. Leythem arranged a number of fuchsia lectures during 1968 and 1969, and the success of these provided the basis for the formation of a local society. To help to get the society off to a good start an advertisement was put in the British Fuchsia Society Annual in 1969. This alerted all fuchsia enthusiasts in the North West to the formation of a local society in the Manchester area.

In January 1970 an inaugural meeting was held to formally launch the Manchester Fuchsia Group. A full committee was formed from the membership of 40 people. By the end of the first year the membership had risen to 80, and the first show was held six months later, only 18 months after the first meeting. The name of the society was changed in the middle of the 1980s to the Manchester and District Fuchsia Society. At the AGM in January 2000 the name was changed again and is now the Manchester Fuchsia Society. The present membership is about 55.

The society has had a number of prominent British Fuchsia Society members. Mr Harry Leythem was the B.F.S. secretary for a number of years and also its president from 1979 to 1981. Mr Norman Hobbs, our society secretary for many years, was the B.F.S. president from 1985 to 1987. Both these members served as B.F.S. committee members.

From 1971 to 1987 the society held its show with the B.F.S. Northern Show as the Manchester Society was the administrators of the Northern Show on behalf of the B.F.S., but we now have our own, well established, show held on the third Saturday in August.

The aim of the society is to encourage anyone interested in the growing of fuchsias to join the society so that we can give them all the help possible to make them proficient in the cultivation of fuchsias and also meet and make friends with people of similar interests.

The Society today

The Society meets monthly, except in August, at

Saint Anne's Church Hall, Trinity Road, Sale, M33 3ES
on the third Monday of the month at 7.45pm.

Subscriptions, due in January, are currently £6.00 per member.
The average number attending the monthly meetings is approximately 30.

We have speakers at most of our meetings. Subjects covered range from various aspects of growing fuchsias and other plants to wildlife and other general interest topics. We have a plant sale and, of course, the usual AGM. At the March or April meeting every member is given a free cutting to grow on and exhibit in the special class at the Annual Show in August, which is our shop window to the public where we hope to encourage a few new members into our society.

The experienced growers in the society are always ready to respond to questions from other members about the cultivation of fuchsias.

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