Bury, West Burton & District Horticultural Society
The Horticultural Society hold two shows a year, Spring and Autumn, and two Coffee Mornings with Plant Sales, May and October.
The Shows cover classes in Flowers, Vegetables, Flower Arrangements, Cookery, Craft including Photography and Handiwork, we also have a section just for Children divided into two groups – under 8 and 8 to 15 years old. One section in the show is solely for new entrants and any points gained will go towards an annual prize. The shows are generally well attended with a lot of friendly banter between the entrants. Judges are encouraged to make comments on the various cards regarding each entry, in order to help people improve the items in future years. The annual programme for the shows is delivered around the village, normally in January.
The Coffee Mornings / Plant Sales form part of the Village Coffee Morning schedule, which are held on the first Saturday of each month. Our May Coffee Morning includes a number of bedding plants and vegetables as well as other plants donated by various village residents. The October Coffee Morning also has a number of plants, but we also try and obtain a very good selection of bulbs at bargain prices.
If anybody would like more information please contact the Show Secretary, Richard Mattey – 01798 839122.
A letter from the Show Secretary
Once again the start of the year proved to be challenging, with a long warm, dry period in April followed by a hard frost. The plants suffered and some spent a number of months recovering. For some of us, this meant that we lost part of our apple crop!
The two shows were again supported well by all the normal entrants and in some classes we saw some exceptional quality. The judges again made some very complimentary comments about our shows, particularly for such a small village. It was also especially pleasing to see a number of new entrants in the Autumn Show and a good recovery in numbers. Lastly I would like to thank the children of James Wilcockson for presenting the Society with a fine new cup, in his memory. I hope that the cup will be competed for, for very many years: in its inaugural year it was won by Tom Sheldrake for his fine baking to the recipes publish in our schedule.
Also in 2017 we made another donation to the Weald and Downland Museum to help support a trainee gardener to learn about the techniques used in past times. The Museum has a number of gardens centred around the methods of growing and types of plant that various ordinary people would have grown. Needless to say they would have been mainly for either eating or medical use; this included plants that were strewn on floors to keep a house free of insects etc. We were also lucky enough to raise sufficient funds from our Spring Plant Sale to make donations to both Chestnut Tree House and The Aldingbourne Trust. In total we made donations for a total of £900. I hope that we can do a similar amount next year.
For the first time the Committee decided to hold a BBQ for all its regular exhibitors and new families in the village. This was a great success and we would like to thank Ray and Estelle Weatherley for allowing us to use their garden for this event.
Lastly, this will be the last year that I will be Show Secretary. I have held the post since 2008 and I feel that it is time for others to continue this rewarding task. Needless to say we would love some new members on the committee, so any volunteers?
Autumn Flower Show 2017
left to right: Diana Rowsell, Jenny O'Neil, Marena Wilcockson, Sue Billsberry.
Click on the top right-hand corner of the programme to open.