1937 - Two Cups Won Outright





Successful Event at Darley Ash


The beautiful grounds of Darley Ash, Bovingdon, made an ideal setting for the annual show of the Bovingdon Horticultural Society on Saturday, and the Society and all who visited the exhibition were grateful to Mr. and Mrs. Parkes for placing the grounds and buildings at the disposal of the organisers.

The bad season for horticulture in almost all its branches proved a handicap that kept the entries lower than has been the case in some previous years, but the 200 or more exhibits were of a standard that was highly creditable to the exhibitors and to the Society. As was to be expected, some classes were devoid of entries and others were poorly supported but on the other hand, there were classes that revealed the keenest competition.

The judges were Mr. D. Bedford and Mr. T. Avery for the horticultural produce and Mrs. A. C. Jefferies and Mrs. Norman Kelly, of Chipperfield for the ladies’ and childrens’ classes. Mr. A. Burgin and Mr. G. Wilimore were the judges’ clerks.

The entries were staged in three separate buildings and mention should be made of the beauty of the class for table decorations, the only class to be staged in one of the rooms, and such a high standard was set that they must have given the judges some difficulty.

There were evidences of very thorough organisation and of attention to detail that gave a very smooth working to a long and varied programme. Mrs. M. Aronson undertook, with characteristic ability, the duties of hon. secretary and she was supported by Mr. T. Reed as an hon. treasurer, Mr. J. H. Brown, as chairman, and Mr. A. Burgin as vice-chairman. Lieut. Col. G. J. Middleton is President of the society and the Committee were; Mr. H. Parkes, Mr. S. Ratcliffe, Mr. L. Woods, Mr. E. Reed, Mr G. Willmore, Mrs. Simmons, Mrs. Middleton, Mrs. Banks and Mrs. Gurney.

On the lawns and around the spacious grounds were arranged a number of sideshows and stalls and with them a dance at the show, extraordinarily good business was done all during the afternoon and evening.

Those in charge of the side shows were: Darts, Mr. Gerald Banks; Bowling at a Pig, Mr. G. Banks and Mr. J. Gurney; Ladies darts, Mrs. Simmons and Miss Graham; hoop-la, Mr. E. Reed; cokernuts, Mr. H. Banks; ski-ball, Mr. Menheneott and Mr. Davey.

The women’s institute had arranged a stall on which were articles made entirely by members of the Institute and it was noted that visitors showed their appreciation of the value by rapidly giving the stall an empty appearance.

A Tom Bowler stall arranged by Mrs. Strode was very popular and was a crowded rendezvous when the gifts were distributed by many willing helpers.

Refreshments were in lavish supply and were in the capable hands of Mrs. Simmons and Mrs. Banks, whilst Mrs. Parkes arranged for the teas on the lawn.

The Stella School of Dancing (principal Miss Stella Clarke) gave a display of dancing and again revealed by the large crowd that gathered by the tennis courts that there was nothing quite so popular or so fascinating as children’s dances. Mr. C. Hopes accompanied at the piano.


There was a very fine array of trophies presented in the evening to the successful competitors and two of the cups were won outright.

Mr. F. Hill won for the third successive year the cup presented by Mrs. Crawley to the winner of the highest amount of prize money in Section C, and thus retained the cup, whilst Mr. E. Reed gained for the third time, and thus made it his own property, the Copse Hill Cup for the best kept front garden.

Other trophies were won as follows:

Cup presented by Mr. H. Parkes for the winner of the class for six vases of sweet peas in distinct varieties and 9 in each vase, Mr. K. G. Yarrow. Cup presented by Mrs. de Yarburgh-Bateson for the winner of the highest amount of prize money in Section A, Mr. Stanley Barratt. Cup presented by the Society for the winner of the highest amount of prize money in Section B, Mr. E. Reed. Cup presented by Mrs. Yarrow for the winner of the class for six distinct kinds of vegetables, Mr. F. Hill. The “Orto” Cup presented by Mrs. Sharpe for the winner of the class for table decoration, Miss Middleton; 2nd prize presented by Mrs. Strode, Mrs. Simmons. 

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