SPRING MEETING Friday 29 March 19 8pm
Free admission, all welcome at Holyport War Memorial Hall
At this years Spring meeting, AGM and launch of the Village Show Schedule, we welcome well known villagers and Show stalwarts Geoff and Diane Hayes. They’ll be giving a talk ‘Holyport Remembered’, loosely based around this year’s Holyport calendar. Join us for wine and cheese, and a raffle with some local prizes.
Welcome to our newest member, Beverley, who’s won many prizes in the past. We are looking for one more Committee member to help us organise the Show. We have a few evening meetings throughout the year, and of course you need to be free on the day (and the evening before to help set up).
Peter Janikoun will be stepping down as committee chairman at the AGM, and Andy Birrell will be ‘grasping the nettle’ to take over.
HELP ON THE DAY – 24th ANNUAL SHOW DAY Saturday September 14 2019
We’re also looking for more stewarding help on the day, helping entries get logged and displayed for a couple of hours first thing in the morning.
THE 2018 SHOW report
We had 540 entries this year which is only a few down on last year. This can be taken into account by the ‘Pickering effect’- they were unable to enter this year and usually they have a heap of entries! There were just 25 adult and 4 child ‘no show entries’ on the day, making it the highest number of entries displayed on the day. What was nice was that everybody who said they would enter turned up with their exhibits.
With the number of entries we had, most classes were fairly competitive. It would have been nice to have had some more flowers and flower arrangements, but the hot, dry weather made gardening tricky this year. Have a look at the list of winners HVS2018-winners.
We were also fortunate enough to be able to promote the show through BBC Radio Berkshire. Firstly through Peter subjecting himself to a telephone interview a couple of weeks before show day. Secondly, we were asked if we would like to be a clue on the Peach Quest. This was great fun and something to be repeated in a few years. I can’t believe how long it took them to find the hall from the village green! See Andy above being quizzed by Anoushka.
Money made from the show is used to offset costs. The last few years has seen the show make a small loss overall. Hopefully this year we will have made a small profit, which in the future will be donated to charity.
Open Gardens 2019
Sadly, we won’t be running the Open Gardens in 2019, but we will revisit the situation in 2020.
However, the Group 9 Gardens class will still be running.