Puriton Flower Show
This small group of village residents' main aim is to continue the long tradition of the Village Show. The Flower Show has been a much loved event during August for the last 36 years in its current form. Flower Show day in Puriton is one of the highlights of the year. The community, family and friends come together to view the wonderful exhibits in the village hall and enjoy the silver band, refreshments and car boot on the playing field. There is a small admission charge for adults to enter the hall.
Prior to the show a free schedule and entry form is delivered to every house. It is designed for people of all ages and abilities to be creative in handicraft, cookery, photography and arts, as well as gardening. With the resurgence of interest in home crafts, "grow your own" and the availability of village allotments the event is a showcase for people’s achievements. On average 100 residents enter 400+ items in the various classes with visitors on the day exceeding 275. We see it as important that it is free to exhibit in the show. We do not offer prize money to adults, the glory is in winning the trophies. There are sections for children according to age and winners receive trophies in all categories. We give every child a small prize to reward their participation. All classes are open to any resident of Puriton, Downend or Dunball.
The organizing committee is small and there is no general membership or subscription fee. We meet 3 or 4 times a year to plan our fundraising events to finance the Show. In the spring or early summer we arrange a talk from an expert on some aspect of gardening with a question and answer session afterwards. Our plant sale in May gives villagers an opportunity to purchase good quality bedding and basket plants at reasonable prices. We also try to include some vegetable plants.
We have been fortunate during the past couple of years to have received a small grant from the Villages Together fund and continued support from The Puriton Inn by receiving generous donations from their charitable funds.
We do have some fun and enjoy a skittle social now and then. If you would be interested in joining us please do not hesitate to contact me for more information.
Janet Williams. Secretary – 01278 684027 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
2016 Puriton Flower Show
The 37th Puriton Flower Show was held in the village hall on Saturday 13th August. The drizzly morning cleared to leave a lovely sunny afternoon where visitors to the show were treated to a lovely display of flowers, floral art, vegetables, fruit, cooking and crafts. 73 people from the village produced 451 entries in the various classes, which were judged by several independent judges from outside the village.
During the afternoon Burnham and Highbridge band entertained people on the playing fields, where there was also a display of 10 Italian cars. There was a display from the village allotments group and several car booters were also present for those looking for a bargain!
Thanks go to all who helped on the day, to those providing raffle prizes including Cossey’s and Court Farm Butchers, the W.I. for serving the refreshments, all the judges, Jeanne Bradban for taking photographs and to Jenny Clatworthy (Court Farm Butchers), for presenting the trophies at the end of the show.
Overall Champions Shield and Puriton Inn Cup for highest point in sections A-E – Mrs Sarah Phillips
Denis Chilcott Cup - runner up sections A-E - Mr Mike Farthing
D. Snook Cup - Highest points sections A-C – Mrs Sarah Phillips
Colin Daniels Memorial Cup - runner up sections A-C - Mr Mike Farthing
Puriton Challenge Cup - Highest points section A Veg - Mr Brian Hallett and Mr John Everitt
Stockham Cup - runner up section A Veg - Mr Colin Foy
M.J.&P.C. Street Rose Bowl - Highest points section B Flowers and Floral Art - Mrs Sarah Phillips
D.&L. Habgood Rose Bowl - Runner up section B Flowers and Floral Art – Mrs Margaret Brown
Mark Cup - Highest points Floral Art - Mrs Sarah Phillips
Fairfax Rose Bowl - runner up Floral Art - Mrs Margaret Manning
B. Baker Cup - Highest points section C Fruit - Mr Brian Hallett
Matthews Rose Bowl - runner up section C Fruit - Mrs Sarah Phillips
Society Cup - Highest points section D Domestic - Mrs Sue Lukins,
Michael Bartin Cup - runner up section D Domestic – Ms Annette Scott
John Lee Cup - Best exhibit in section D Domestic - Mrs Sue Smith
Dommett Cup - Highest points section E Handicrafts – Miss Jeanne Bradban
V. A. Dommett Cup - runner up section E Handicrafts – Mrs Angela Coombes
Reg & Beat Hellier Memorial Cup - Best Exhibit classes 13 - 16 - Mr John Everitt
Puriton Flower Show Red Ribbon Award - Best Rose in classes 19 & 20 - Mrs Sarah Phillips