Here is the Schedule for the 2018 Pett Flower Show – click on the link below to download and print
Here is the Application Form for entries to the Show – click on the link below to download and print
Flower Show 2018 – May/June Update
What has the weather been doing so far, this year? A freezing cold Spring becoming unseasonably warm, then frosty again and suddenly the temperature soars. Those crops and flowers are growing, so there is plenty of time to have some stunning entries for the show. Take a look at the Schedule. If your copy has has been mislaid, it is available above.
We shall continue to build the photographs of previous shows on the site. It is not just flowers, fruit and vegetables; there are plenty of classes for home produce and crafts. For entries in the home produce classes, clear cake domes will be supplied in the Marquee to cover the items, keeping them fresh for judging and display. The new modelling classes sponsored by Pat Dean should attract plenty of entries from all ages. There are trophies for the adult winners. Youngsters will receive cash prizes. The display of Pat’s parents’ work at last year’s show was fantastic.
After reviewing the cost and safety issues, the committee has decided not to hire the assault course that has been at the show in the last two years, but will be seeking other fun games for children. The committee is delighted to be able bring back the tradition of Donkey Rides, kindly organised by Anne Lander. The imposition of charges has seen the demise of plastic carrier bags. There was always a plentiful supply for visitors winning prizes on the tombola and bottle stall or buying books and lovely things from the stalls. To replace them, a limited quantity of our logo tote bags will be on sale again this year at £3.50 each . There are still some stalls that require helpers. If you can spare a bit of time on the day, please call Philippa Strickland on 01424 814384 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. It is going to be a great day for all to enjoy.
Flower Show 2018 – Update
Every household should have received a copy of the Schedule with the April issue of Pett and Pett Level News. If you did not get a copy, please let a committee member know as there are some spare ones available. It is also available on https://www.pettnet.org.uk along with additional entry forms. Issuing a month earlier, as we did last year, gives plenty of time for all to plan their entries and practise for the Home Produce classes. Often folks think that their produce is not up to standard, but on the day of the show see that their own flowers and vegetables are equal to the winners. Gardening Club members will remember the helpful tips our judge William Hurton gave at a meeting last year. Good presentation counts. If there is excess stock, it is always welcome for the tea tent or the produce stall. The cold spring has no doubt delayed the growing season. All we can do is hope that warmer weather is on the way – especially for the show day. The committee is planning to have all the familiar stalls and sideshows which are kindly run by volunteers, who generously give their time for the enjoyment of villagers and visitors. However, there are still some gaps so we do need help. If you can give a couple of hours on the day, please contact any member of the Committee; details on the back of the schedule. In addition, there will be pitches for local organisations and businesses. Interested parties should request an application form from Hon. Sec. Louise Bowles, Fairholme, Pett Road, Pett TN35 4HE; Phone 812296 or email email@example.com. We look forward to a lovely sunny day in celebration of 70 Glorious Years.
Report of the Chair on the Flower Show AGM – 7 March
The AGM held on 7th March was attended by over 20 people, who enjoyed refreshments after the meeting. The main points from the Chairman’s report were as follows:
• The theme of “In the Summertime” for 2017 dealt the cruel blow of continuous rain!
• Having said that, there some great entries for all the classes and the numbers were up on previous years. It was great to see the Floral Art with newcomers having a go, no doubt boosted by the “hands on” demonstration given by Cathy Norris and Val Gill. There are plans to hold another one this year. Look out for details.
• The fortitude of village folk turning out in the downpour to support the show was praised.
• Due to the weather, the show suffered a major financial shortfall. There has been fundraising with the “Saving for a Rainy-Day “fund.
• The whole day would not happen without the army of stall-holders, helpers, judges, stewards, washer-uppers, car park attendants and the posters. So much thinking on their feet: squeezing the band into the Tea tent; relocating the Raffle and Pick a Bottle to the Marquee and books to the Pavilion. A special thanks to Wayne in the Coastguard vehicle with Kevin providing the commentary. Picking the raffle was a hilarious exercise.
Again, there were stalls from local organisations and businesses. It was an extremely disappointing day for them. Many had to pack up and leave early. It is hoped that they will want to join us again this year. Invitations will be sent. The show is fortunate to have generous sponsors who help cover the cost of essential items like the rubbish skip and the brass band, who create a special atmosphere during the afternoon. The donation of raffle prizes, produce and cakes is also much appreciated.
The 2018 theme is “70 Glorious Years” The schedule is out with the April edition of PPN to enable everyone to plan their entries. It can also be downloaded from Pett on the net website – see link above. Look out for the opportunity for adults to win trophies in the new model-making classes sponsored by Pat Dean and named after her parents, very talented model makers. For young people, there are cash prizes. Pat has given clear details in the schedule of what she is looking for when judging the entries. Key points are any medium for the models, which can include Plasticine, Lego or from a kit.
The lovely logo, designed by Sarah Donelly, is being used on paperwork, posters and products. Sales of the competitively priced cloth tote bags have been excellent, both at the Show and in the fund-raising activities. In the light of recent local legal action, the Committee is looking carefully into insurance cover for the show and hopes that any change will not be excessive or expensive. The Chair gave grateful thanks to the Committee members for their support and to Sue Dengate, who looks after the administration of the entries They all give thoughtful advice, creative ideas and commitment to making the Show a success – a great team. The Show will be celebrating its Platinum anniversary this year. Quite a landmark! Plans are well on course.
Philippa Strickland, Chair