Walsham le Willows

The Walsham le Willows Horticultural Society

The whole image filled with a flower: a red sunflower. One or two of its petals missing.

The first flower, fruit, and vegetable show in the village took place in September 1868 when it was hoped that it would become a regular event as ‘the cultivation of the garden elevated the character, showed a superior mind and often betokened a well cared for home and prospering family.’

After 138 years, other than an occasional break for wars etc., it is still going strong and is regarded as being the best purely village show in the area.

It takes place in the Village Memorial Hall on the second Saturday in August. Everyone is welcome to view the produce of Walsham’s best gardeners at the next show.

The following is a copy of the article which appeared in the September edition of The Observer.

Walsham le Willows Horticultural Show Saturday 13th August 2016

Many thanks to everyone who made the afternoon such a success, the entrants, the judges, the visitors and the many people who donated raffle prizes. Thank you too to Joan Freeborn and her team who provided the teas and helped in the kitchen, and to all those who made the delicious cakes. We were delighted to welcome Diney Martineau, who was herself the Show Secretary for many years, to present the cups.

There were many outstanding entries and the judges commented yet again on the high standard at the Walsham Show. The only disappointment was the shortage of entries from children, next year we would love to see lots more from the children of Walsham!

Carole Donaghy won the Floral Cup, Hubby Frost won the Folkard Cup for Vegetables, and Carole won the overall points trophy, plus the Fothergill‘s Shield for best item in the show in the Floral and Vegetable Classes for her peas.

The highest number of points won Pauline Batchelor the Domestic Class Cup and Pauline also won the Novice Shield. The single best item in the domestic classes won Carol Hubbard the W.I. Cup. The best photo was won by Jaclyn Clark; The Decorative Class Cup was won by Margaret Moore, while the new Budding Rose cup for novice flower arranging was shared by Lorna MacKinnon and Judith Harlow. The Ray Freeborn Sunflower Cup was won by Gordon Scarfe with a 3.2m sunflower.

The full results were as follows:

Next year’s show will be on Saturday 12th August 2017.

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