Bovingdon Horticulturists - 1930

September 13, 1930




Excel at Show


The Bovingdon Memorial Hall Flower Show was held at the Hall on Wednesday and proved a conspicuous success. The event had been keenly anticipated and was marked by the enthusiasm with which the Committee and helpers did their work of organising. In this respect Mrs. F. Goddard, the able hon. secretary, performed a colossal task very quietly but very efficiently. The judges were Mr. T. Avery, of Gaddesden Place, and Mr. D. W. Bedford, of Berkhamsted. Speaking of the exhibits that had been displayed to great advantage in the Hall, the judges said that the vegetables were fully up to standard with the possible exception of cauliflowers, for which the season had been bad generally.

The judges for the other classes were Mrs. Collin and Mr. and Mrs. 0. T. Hunt, who opined that the quality of the needlework exhibited was better than that of past years, the children’s mats being an outstanding feature. In regard to the socks, some of these had been knitted extraordinary well, but the shape was not good. Because of this the judges presented a special prize to Miss P. Humphreys whose knitting, they agreed, was of an exceptionally high order. The judges in all classes are to be congratulated on the manner they performed a difficult task.

There were about 500 entries in the 82 classes, only in one class there being no entries. This was deemed to be very satisfactory; The “Smallholder” gave special prizes this year. Their award of merit was won by Sir Richard Cooper (gardener, Mr. A. G. Hill) and other prizes went to Mr. F. Mortimer, Sir Richard Cooper (vase of flowers), Mrs. Crawley (bunch of flowers).

In addition to the show itself there were numerous attractions outside the Hall and a very happy time was spent by the many visitors. Teas were served under the able supervision of Mrs. Gramolt, Mrs. Sear and helpers; Miss Parish and Miss Burgin made an excellent success of guessing competitions and Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Baylis, and Mr. J. Kemp rendered yeoman service at the gate. Side shows were in charge of: Mr. F. Parish (shooting gallery), Mr. Bunting, Mr. Gibbs and helpers (bowling for a pig), Mr. F. Redding (cocoanuts), Mr. H. Gramolt and Miss Harrison (football), Mr. A. Burgin (coins), Mrs. Puddephatt, Mrs. Keeble, Miss K. Sears (children’s corner). Special prizes and cups were presented by Mrs. Tweedie, Mr. Parker, Mr. F. Rickett, Mrs. F. Parish, Mrs. G. Parish, and Mr. Dell.

The members of the committee responsible for the success of the show were: Mr. E. Austin (chairman), Mr. A. Burgin, Mr. F. Goddard, Mr. Martin Hopkinson, Mr. A. V. Parker, Mr. G. Reeves, Mr. W. Sear.

The winners of the cups were as follows:

The Hopkinson Cup, for the best collection of vegetables, Mr. E. Haysman; the Holland Cup, for the best kept allotment garden, Mr. W. Merridan; Copse Hill Challenge Cup, for the best kept cottager’s front flower garden, Mrs. Freeman.

The West Hefts. Electric Company, Marlowes, Hemel Hempstead, supplied excellent music during the afternoon by their special gramophone amplifiers.

The winners of the various competitions were: Gourde, Mrs. Raikes; mutton, Miss B. Burgin, cake, Mrs. Banks; bowling for pig, Mr. F. Parish; shooting gallery, 1. Mr. F. Teasdale 2. Mr. Davey 3. Mr. Geo. Sear; guessing competition, coal, Mr. Soult; lucky number dance, Miss E. Smith and Mrs. A. Roberts.



A most enjoyable dance followed the flower show on Wednesday, when the Regent Orchestra played delightful music throughout the evening. Mr F Goddard was the able M.C. 

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