VPA Notice of Summer Show

Whilst writing this article, it’s great that partial lockdown has taken place and we can meet up outdoors in restricted numbers and go shopping again. Let’s hope everyone observes social distancing and we don’t have any spikes of this horrible pandemic again.

Our Spring Bonnet Competition took place in April and it was rather disappointing that, although we had been advised there would be a few entrants – only ONE turned up on the day!! Thank you to Myra, from Chilton, who entered the beautiful bonnet with all the flowers coming from her garden.

We are hoping that the VPA will be able to hold the Summer Show this year. The date is booked in the Village Hall diary for Saturday 10th July. To remind long standing residents and inform newcomers, here are a few details about the event. The VPA  Summer Show takes place annually and allows all residents from Blewbury, Upton and surrounding villages to take part in a competition and exhibit their home grown fruit, vegetables and flowers and/or show their cookery, handicraft and photography skills. The details of the various sections are listed in the Show Schedule which will be available next month from the post office or from Margaret Maytham in Upton or on-line via the VPA email  address vpa.in.bl.up@gmail.com. Entry into the Show is open to all residents and there is also a Children’s Section. There are lots of trophies to be won in all the different sections of the Show. However, to make a success of the Show we do need your support. Your fruit, vegetables or flowers could prove to be perfect winners! Have a chat with Karen in the Post Office and I can assure you she will tell you that it’s great fun to take part in the Show that has been running for years and years. I’ll include a few more details about the Show next month. As you will appreciate it will have to be organised in accordance with whatever Covid-19 restrictions are still in place in July.

As we couldn’t hold the Show in 2020 because of the pandemic, for this year we will be using the Show Schedule from 2020 which had already been printed.

DID YOU KNOWIn 1813 Thomas Jefferson said: “The soil is the gift of God to the living.” and, Vita Sackville-West (1892 – 1962) said: “The more one gardens, the more one learns; and the more one learns, the more one realises how little one knows.  I suppose the whole of life is like that.”

Happy Gardening