Access to The Hut (the Distribution Store) which offers most gardening requirements at reasonable cost. Advice is also on handA program of talks on gardening and related subjectsCoach outings to gardens of horticultural and historic interestAdditionally, there are opportunities to meet with fellow enthusiasts and admire local gardens at our Garden Natter Morningsand occasional Open GardensPlant Sales are held at talks and annually at The Distribution Store (The Hut) Quarterly Newsletter to keep members informed
EMSWORTH SHOW STORIES AND PICTURESWhat did you like best about the show? Did you win a prize? What did you take pictures of?The Horticultural Society would like you to send a small selection of your best show photos, preferably with captions or even a three-line ‘story’. These are for our archives but may be used on our website.Send by e-mail to Chris Shaw - email@example.com phone 01243 377459.
What a marvellous sight the exhibitions in the marquee were this year, all the more impressive after the dry growing season we’d had. Congratulations to all who entered. Without your enthusiasm there would be no Show. A big vote of thanks goes to all those who helped, particularly to Faith Ponsonby and her team of managers whose hard work throughout the year made sure the Show was so successful.Over the summer members have enjoyed trips to gardens in Pulborough, Kilmeston and Oxford, and visits to other members’ gardens in Emsworth and Prinsted. By the time you read this newsletter the talks programme will have restarted with a talk on Bulbs for Autumn Planting. In October the talk will be about the renovation of Gilbert White’s garden in Selbourne and in November we’ll be having a quiz along with drinks and nibbles.At the hut you can shop for garlic, autumn onion sets, mypex, bonemeal, plant protection netting and order your seeds. We’re open Sundays from 10 – 12 noon, but will be shut on December 16th, 23rd and 30thLyn Davies (Chair)
These were just some of the many positive comments we have had back from members of the public, judges, entertainers and volunteers this year. Despite the heavy rain on Sunday it was warm and dry on Monday, with firm footing on the Showground ...amazing displays (almost 750 exhibits) in the horticultural Marquee, including many classes like the children's ones, not affected by the poor growing season; well over 100 stalls, including a popular Reptiles and Amphibians tent; the brand new Arena event in the Jago Developments Arena from the Sussex Army Cadets, with two teams assembling a Jago Kitcar, and racing to be first driving it over the finish line. Old favourites like Fit 'n Funky and the falconry display entertained the crowds round the Jago arena, whilst the Morris Dancers and Dog Show was popular in the Sanctuary Vets Arena in the West Field. The bands in the Seaward Developments band tent had everyone tapping their feet while they enjoyed a drink. About 5000 adults and children were on the grounds, with over 180 volunteers working hard all weekend to give the local community a fabulous day, and raise money for their own work – for instance the Rotary Club of Havant, and the bottle tombola for the Lions raised almost £2000.Traffic Chaos mars the dayOur very limited parking on or near the Showground, kindly provided by the Tier family, St James's School, St Thomas' Catholic Church and Havant Borough Council, give a maximum of 150 places for people on site all day only, and a further 150 for those who want to arrive and leave during the Show – mainly our judges and workers at the Show. On all our literature we stated 'there is no public parking at the Show'. For the last 6 years we have run a free Park and Ride shuttle bus (costing the Show £2000) from the nearby New Life Church off the main road, which has been fairly well used. Those who would not use this service, could drop off their passengers at the entrance, and then go down to the Park and Ride. In extreme cases, there might be a space available in the priority parking area. However this year a large number of drivers decided that they would not only park in the residential side streets, often blocking drives, but also park along Horndean Road, causing a 2 hour snarl up. This is unacceptable, including the abuse given to our traffic team, and I apologise through your pages to the local residents who suffered, or had their cars damaged this year. Unfortunately the police assistance we have had in the past has not been available for the last 3 Shows; we had put out some cones, loaned to us by Skanska, the Hamphsire Highways contractors, but have no legal right to stop people parking so thoughtlessly. The Show Team will be working hard to explore possible solutions to avoid this problem next year.Join the Dream team!Meanwhile, we always need new volunteers to help over Show weekend or to assist with the huge preparations needed to put the Show on. The load on some of our team is now too great for a single person, so we are looking at ways to split the work. Please contact me on 012 4337 2825 to discuss how YOU could help in 2019. Faith Ponsonby, Show Chair.For more details visit the Show website
Emsworth Show 2018 - “fabulous”, “a rich experience”, “the best Show I judge at”, “wonderful atmosphere”.
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