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.
On the 4th of August 2007 the Horticultural Society held its Annual Show where flowers, fruit, vegetables and various home cooked cakes etc were judged in the Memorial Village Hall. In spite of the rather inhospitable weather of this spring and summer the standard of the flowers and produce was, as usual, extremely high. There was the usual support from the general public, not only from the local residents but also from other nearby villages and their comments were all very favourable, even perhaps tinged with a slight touch of envy! The well deserved Best in Show went to Gordon Scarfe and a more comprehensive list of prize winners appeared in the September issue of The Observer.