Historic flower show continues to bloom

Blooming lovely - some of the flowers at the Tetford Show
Blooming lovely - some of the flowers at the Tetford Show

Young and old entered the annual Tetford Flower and Vegetable Show which proved to be as popular as ever.

Of the 42 individual entries, eight of them were from children - a sure sign that there are plenty of budding enthusiasts in the village.

A long standing event, entries are invited from residents within a five mile radius of the church, although children are welcome from further afield.

Considering the unusual weather this year - which has seen many plants flower early - the judges were extremely impressed with the very high standard of the entries.

As well as a number of trophies awarded, the top three entries in each category have a place card left next to their entries for everyone to see.

The overall winner, with the most points in this 2014 show, was David Marwood from Woralby Farm, Tetford.

He received the Doctor James Gray Trophy.

In a time when so many villages are no longer organising flower and vegetable shows, it was encouraging to see the commitment of organisers and entrants.

The show has been running from before 1930 and, apparently, continued throughout the Second World War.

As an indication of how popular the show is, it is understood the only time it had to be cancelled was at the start of the new millennium when there was an outbreak of foot and mouth.

At the end of the show, many of the entries are donated and auctioned off to a very enthusiastic crowd.

Each year the funds raised are presented to a different worthy cause.

The 2014 donation of £300, which was raised from the 2013 show, was recently presented to the Edward Richardson School who are looking to build new changing rooms for their swimming pool.

The show committee, of which there are currently nine members, is keen to promote the event, especially to children, and would love to see new entrants.

Always held on the last Saturday of July, they hope people will put the show in their diaries for 2015.

Whether you wish to take part - or just want to visit - it’s a proper old fashioned village event.