Bovingdon Flower Show 1936



Most Successful Despite Rain


Horticulturists Prove Their Worth In unfavourable season


The annual summer show of fruit, flowers and vegetables held under the auspices of the Bovingdon and District Horticultural Society on Saturday was somewhat marred by the rain, but the show itself as far as the exhibits were concerned, must be marked down as the most successful in the history of the Society.

Mr. Burgin’s Meadow provided an ideal setting for the show and the large marquee which had been erected in the centre of the field and in which the many exhibits were on view, was of course the centre of attraction.

There were a number of interesting side shows which provided everyone with every kind of amusement and although the weather greatly interfered with the attendance, the side shows did comparatively good business throughout the day.

The show itself was a great tribute to the skill of amateur horticulturalists in the Bovingdon district. Nothing but words of praise came from the two judges of sections A, B, and C and Mr. D. H. Bedford and Mr. T. Avery.

Speaking to a “Gazette” representative they said they wished to congratulate the committee on the excellent show they had arranged, for on the whole the quality of the exhibits was excellent considering the wet season that had been experienced.

They both made particular mention of the wonderful array of sweet peas, herbaceous flowers and hardy annuals and said that the begonias were an outstanding exhibit and one of the best in the show.

Dealing with the vegetable section, the judges paid tribute to the entrants on the excellence of the turnips, beetroot and onions and said the runner beans and marrows were of a particularly good quality considering the early season.

The judges in the ladies and children’s sections were Mrs. Parkes and Mrs. Brassert, and they were both presented with bouquets of flowers in recognition of their services.

The winners of the various trophies and challenge cups were as follows: Yarburgh Bateson Cup: Mrs. Stanley Barratt; Bovingdon Horticultural Society’s Cup: Mr. F. Baldwin; Crawley Cup: Mr. F. Baldwin; Copse Hill Cup: Mr. E. Reed; Holland Cup: Mr. F. Hill; Merrett Cup: Mr. F. Dell. Mrs. Hudgson won the “Orto” Cup.

As can be seen, Mr. F. Baldwin, a well-known local amateur horticulturalist, was the most successful exhibitor, for besides securing three trophies he won a considerable sum in prize money.

The various stallholders were: Tombola, Mrs Aronson and Mrs. Reid; bowling for the pig; Messrs. J. & F. Gurney; darts, Mr. S. Radcliffe and Mr. G. Banks; skee-ball Mr. Davey and Mr. R. Menhenniott; hoop-la, Mr. E. Red and Mr. Radcliffe; cocoanut shy Mr. H. Banks and Mr. K.Hamer; teas and refreshments, Mr. J. Hamer, Mrs. Gurney, Mrs. Freeman and Mrs. Simmonds.

The Society owes a debt of gratitude to the officers who work so assiduously to ensure the success of the annual show. First and foremost among the workers, perhaps, is the energetic and ever-busy secretary Mrs. H. Banks, whose organising abilities are so well known and appreciated. Upon her shoulders has fallen the major responsibility of organising the show and its unparalleled success has proved the value of her work. She has received the enthusiastic support of the other officers who are also to be congratulated on their efforts. They are President (Lieut. Cl G. J. Middleton), Chairman (Mr. J. H, Brown), Vice-chairman (Mr. A. H. Burgin), Treasurer (Mr. T. Reid). The members of the Committee are: Mr. F. Reed, Mi. E. Reason, Mr. J. Gurney, Mr. F. Baldwin, Mr. R. Menhenneott, Mrs. Simons, Mrs. Freeman, Mrs. F. Gurney and Mrs. A. Glenister.

The village of Bovingdon is proud of its annual show and this year the officers and the committee undoubtedly maintained the excellent standard set up in years gone by.

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