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Growing obsessions grips Sculthorpe

Show secretary, Jean Bourne, left, and trustee, David Smith, admire Pamela Johnson's winning gladioli entry ANL-140408-103057001

Show secretary, Jean Bourne, left, and trustee, David Smith, admire Pamela Johnson's winning gladioli entry ANL-140408-103057001

Sculthorpe has held its annual flower show, an event that grew out of gardeners re-energising use of the village allotments six years ago.

After some hard work then by the 500-year-old charity that owns the land, the Francis Beckham Trust, 25 allotments were quickly snapped up – an impressive start for a village with only 600 adults on the electoral roll.

Out of that enthusiasm grew Sculthorpe’s annual flower show, which was renamed the Village Show last year, so that the range of entries could be expanded.

“We were delighted with the response,” said show secretary, Jean Bourne, at the seventh show last week.

“Since we started we have gone from strength to strength.”

David Smith, a trustee since 1997, said: “I don’t know how long ago interest in the allotments waned. It was before my time – at least more than 20 years.”

But he remembered when a new enthusiasm for home-grown fruit and vegetables first surfaced. “Several people wanted allotments so we resurrected them,” he said.

“Now we even have a waiting list.”

The show in the village hall, originally just for growers of fruit and vegetables, now encompasses other sections including handicrafts, photographs and paintings.

Mrs Bourne has watched the event grow over the years as more and more residents took up the challenge both to cultivate an allotment and enter the show which provides success for newcomers as well as old hands.

“For instance, the winners of the mixed vegetable tray section this year, newcomers Richard and Emma Dack only took over their allotment last October,” said Mrs Bourne.

Gillian White won the domestic class and Ruth Woodhouse the fruit and vegetable section.

 

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