Horticultural Happiness!

Horticultural Show 2019

Everyone was very excited by the return of the Higham Horticultural Show which was held on Saturday 15 September at the Chichele College. This was the first show for over fifty years with the last being held at Higham Ferrers Working Men’s Club in the 1960s.

There were almost 200 entries across a range of categories – flowers, fruit, vegetables, floral art, baking and children’s classes – set out among Union Jacks and bunting.

Chichele College, a Scheduled Monument, was the perfect venue keeping the produce fresh and cool, ensuring that they looked their best for the many visitors who enjoyed free entry to our treasured building on a beautiful sunny day.

Competitors of all ages entered into the spirit of the event. One lady of seventy-five, Diane, stated that she had “never done anything like this before in my life” and proceeded to win a First for her beautiful Bramley apples.

The winner of the Best in Show who received the Mayor’s Cup was Mike Groom for his perfect carrots.

Fruit, vegetables, celebration cakes and floral displays donated at this new show were raffled as prizes, with cakes and cut flowers taken to the Shrubbery for residents to enjoy and preserves sold at the Heritage Family Fun Day at Rushden Lakes. Money raised by the raffle and sale of jams supported the Mayor’s chosen charities.

Just some of the many wonderful comments left by visitors to the show:

  • “A Great show! Please let’s have another next year”
  • “Brilliant – thank you”
  • “Excellent – please have the show again”
  • “Looks a treat!”
  • “Congratulations to you and your team for organising the Higham Ferrers Horticultural Show 2019, in our opinion it was a great success and we were pleased to take part in it”.

A very special visitor, Mary, whose father was responsible for the show in The Chequers was delighted and exclaimed that “My father would have loved it”.

Thank you to all those who supported us in this new venture. Your warm and positive comments have encouraged us to do this again, so get planning and growing for this year!