The Horticultural Show

Written by Margaret Clegg and Sandra Harrison:

In true Briantspuddle village tradition, the annual Bladen Social Club’s Horticultural show is always a great success.

The show was started in 1970 by local man Norman Reed, who presided over the show for a decade, followed by Selwyn and Jean McGrorty who ran the show for the next 25 years. Upon their retirement last year, Sandra Harrison, who was born in the village, took over the role of Show Secretary. With Sandra’s leadership, and help from community volunteers, this important and popular event survives.

The Village Hall and Bladen Social Club open their doors to welcome old and new entrants into the show. Light refreshments were available in the social club, with barbeque and various charitable stalls outside.

The main event in the Hall attracts many entries ranging from the traditional fruit and vegetables, to skilled arrangements of flowers, plants and foliage. These are presented in many ways, including a special theme in 2006 to celebrate the Queens 80th birthday. The high quality of entries for the home products section of cakes jams and chutneys, along with handicrafts such as hand knitting, prove that despite the fast world in which we live, traditional skills have certainly not died out. The photography section brings out the would-be David Baileys!

Thanks to all the participants – why not make a date in your diary for next year’s event on the first Saturday in August.