VPA Annual Show Report

Well, the 72nd Annual Show has taken place!   Unfortunately, Karen our Show Secretary being unwell was unable to carry out the work needed to prepare the Show so the Committee rallied round to get the work done.   A special thanks to Maggie Maytham who did all the work necessary for us to be able to provide tea and cakes and raffle prizes and also for sticking all the raffle tickets on the Tombola prizes!  Thank you also to my friend Ruth (from London), who helped me with the paperwork which included entering every entry received from each exhibitor on the Excel spreadsheet ready for recording the results on Saturday after the judging.   Of course, thanks to Chris & Toby and Malcolm who helped with the setting up of the village hall on the Friday evening.  Well done to Mary Gutfreund who did a grand job serving the refreshments on Saturday afternoon.

We had a total of thirty four exhibitors including five children.   With a total of 170 exhibits in the fruit, vegetable, flower, cookery, handicraft and photography it provided a very full and colourful hall.   Entrants came from Blewbury, Upton, Harwell and Didcot.   We award the Royal Horticultural Society Banksian Medal to the exhibitor with the most points in the horticultural section and this year Joanna Fielden from Didcot was the winner – congratulations Joanna!

It’s lovely that the Blewbury pre-school always put in an art exhibition from the children and this year was no exception.  It was a really colourful display.  Thank you for taking part.

Despite one or two hiccups, the Show was a great success and enjoyed by all the visitors in the afternoon.

We are now preparing for the 73rd Show and hope to have something extra special.   Watch this space!!

I hope those of you who are off on your summer hols are enjoying yourselves, whether it’s in the UK, Europe or further afield.  For those of you who are still at home, don’t forget our special event in Upton. On Thursday 8th August, Maggie Maytham of Toad Hall, Stream Road, Upton, is very kindly opening her garden (weather permitting – otherwise in the house) for an afternoon tea (cost £3 per head) starting at 5pm.  After tea we will then walk to Prospect House and have a guided tour of the 2-acre garden.  Alternatively you can drive from Maggie’s and park in the Village Hall car park.  You MUST register for this event either at Blewbury Post Office or with Maggie (01235 850126) by the 1st August.

DID YOU KNOW ?  Howard Carter and his archaeological team found many seeds and plants stored in the tomb of Tutankhamen in the Valley of the Kings including, garlic, cumin, coriander, watermelon, wheat, barley, lentils, fenugreek, chickpeas, olive oil, almonds and dates.


Minnie Aumonier (N.D.) wrote: “When the world wearies and society fails to satisfy, there is always the garden.”  (Sounds rather appropriate given the current political climate!). 

Happy Gardening