The show is held annually on the last Saturday in September. The exhibition of flowers, fruit, vegetables, baking, preserves, art, photography and handicrafts is held in the Village Hall opening at 3 p.m.
Exhibitors must live within a five mile radius of Willingham by Stow and produce must be grown in the area. We hope that you will continue to support this friendly village tradition and look forward to seeing your entries in the next show.
Willingham by Stow’s 71st annual Horticultural Show
President, Margaret Smith, welcomed all the visitors to the show, held on 30th September, and thanked the exhibitors, judges and the committee for putting on such a wonderful display of garden produce, baking, art, photography and handicrafts. She also thanked the people who aren’t on the committee but who help with the setting up and clearing away of the show but put out a strong plea for more people willing to be on the committee so that fresh ideas would be brought to the show.
Sue Bingham, Chairperson of the committee, then asked Talbot and Mary Clark to present the prizes. They needed no introduction, having moved away from the village just a year ago and still make weekly reappearances. Talbot said that he had had a good look at the entries and was pleased to see that standards were being maintained, despite him not being allowed to enter any longer!
Talbot and Mary then presented the trophies for the various classes. The Aggregate Cup for the person with the most overall points at the show was won by Gary Tyson. The Children’s Aggregate Cup was won by Elsie Bingham.
Overall, the number of entries into most classes was up on last year; the baking and blooms sections had the highest number of entries for over a decade. Floral Art and handicraft sections were, however, a little disappointing. The number of people coming to look at the exhibition was well up on previous years, demonstrating that the show is still a popular and important part of village life.
Following the trophy presentations and the raffle, Mick Bates held an excellent auction of produce from the show, money raised goes towards the running of next year’s show. The committee are very grateful to the many people who helped make the show such a success, particularly to the teachers of Sturton School, the Beaver leaders, the ladies who organised the summer Craft Club and, not least, to the exhibitors and the parents for their encouragement of their youngsters’ endeavours.
Talbot and Mary Clark with the Chairman, Sue Bingham