Because of the uncertainty of the current pandemic and the government lockdown regulations, it is with heavy hearts that the Pett Flower Show Committee have to announce the cancellation of our 2020 show. It is hoped that a downsized show can be held in the autumn for some of the classes that are not critical to the growing season.
In spite of the inspiration of the Gardening Club journal on Pettnet, the possibility of organising a complete virtual show is a step too far, but the Committee wish to encourage the younger generation to participate by entering photographs of exhibits in some of “Young People’s” classes, for which there will be prizes.
Further details of the Young People’s Classes can be read here Flower Show cancellation
PETT FLOWER SHOW 2020
SATURDAY 25 JULY 2020
Here is the Schedule to the 2020 Flower Show Pett Flower Show 2020 SCHEDULE final
The committee are still working on the basis that it may be possible to run a show this year, but accept that they may not be able to run a physical show.
The committee are therefore looking at ways in which a virtual show can be run. Everyone is therefore urged to develop their entries in the usual way. This is particularly true for the young people’s classes, especially Class 83a “Design a tea towel illustrating the Flower Show”, for which there is a cash prize and a chance to have it produced for sale at the show in 2021. If a decision is made to have a virtual show, information on how this will operate will be made public as early as possible.
Please note: the Schedule contains an advert for two gardens in Pett that were due to open on 7 June 2020 under the National Gardens Scheme (NGS). As all garden openings have been postponed by the NGS until further notice, sadly the openings on 7 June will not now take place.
SATURDAY 27 JULY 2019
Two years ago, the Flower Show suffered heavy rain and last year it was high winds. After such experience, this year looked promising with its long hot spell, so, after what was recorded at the hottest day in the year (or even since records began), was it fair that on the morning of the Flower Show the heavens opened?
During the set-up, the valiant (and very wet) team worked hard to get everything in place, while entrants to the show sloshed through rainwater at the entrance to the marquee to place their entries. Nevertheless, what a brilliant display was achieved, with a record number of entries for the classes! All were arranged in the newly shaped marquee, which worked very well with, the tea tent welcoming at one end.
As the day progressed, the weather improved, folks flocked to the Recreation Ground to enjoy the familiar attractions. Crockery was smashed, bottles were won, many cups of tea – and stronger beverages – were consumed. Although the band braved the weather to play “Sussex by the Sea” to match the theme of the day, several of our additional stalls were unable to attend because of the conditions, leaving gaps on the site.
There are many people to thank for making the day a success: the volunteers manning the stalls and refreshments; our car-park attendants; the donators of cakes, tombola and raffle prizes; our sponsors; the great after-show clear-up team; and the judges and stewards .We hope everyone has received a personal thank-you. Please forgive us if you were overlooked. Finally, I give my thanks to the members of the committee, who work so hard throughout the year to bring the whole day together. You are a great team. We welcome suggestions for a theme for 2020.
Philippa M Strickland
PETT AND DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY PETT FLOWER SHOW & FAYRE
It comes around so quickly. We finally have had some rain to encourage the crops to grow and nurture fantastic entries in the flower, fruit and vegetable classes.
If you are not a gardener, take a look at the other classes in Home Produce and Crafts. The Apple Cake recipe is very tasty, always a popular class. We also hope to see many entries in the model-making classes, which were new last year.
Having enjoyed the wonderful Flower Festival in St Mary’s and St Peter’s Church in June, we have hopes of excellent displays in the Floral Art classes. All those cups to be won.
Check out the schedule below.
Please can last year’s successful cup winners, return them by Friday 5th July to our Hon Sec. Louise Bowles, Fairholme, Pett Road, Pett TN35 4HE; Phone 812296, email .
We are always incredible grateful for donations to the stalls:
- The Tombola, Bottle Stall and Raffle are delighted to receive donations ahead of the day. They can be dropped off with any Committee Member, please see the back of the schedule.
- Books and toys. Always a popular pitch, so please bring them along on the day.
- Also, on the day, cakes for the Tea Room and the Produce Stall, where all those spare fruits and vegetables not worthy of entry can be sold along with pickles and preserves.We shall also have concessions stalls from local businesses and groups. There are still some spaces on the site plan, so if anyone is interested, please contact Hon. Sec. Louise Bowles as above.On the practical front, the parking arrangements will be as last year with a two-way traffic system around the Recreation Ground to the Gatehurst Farm field.The Show does not charge for parking, so all visitors are asked to use the area and not to park on the verges outside the Recreation Field as this can restrict vision at the main gate.The toilet arrangements will be as last year with one Portaloo by the gate and the disabled facility available in the Pavilion.The Committee are working hard to make the show a great day for the village.
Philippa Strickland writes: “Haven’t we had a real mixture of weather so far this year? Balmy Easter and a chilly May Day. Gardens are in fine form and we hope for a magnificent display of entries in the marquee on show day. It is going to be a great day for all to enjoy.”
Along with the flowers, fruit and vegetables, there are plenty of classes for home produce and crafts. As mentioned in last month’s article, our judge refers to the RHS Horticultural Show Handbook, which allocates points for the different vegetables in a collection (Class 1). This is a very detailed volume, so those wishing to maximise their points can borrow a copy of the book from Philippa Strickland (tel. 01424 814384; email ) or Libby Rothwell (tel. 07714 340674; email ).
For entries in the home produce classes, clear cake domes will be supplied in the marquee to keep the entries fresh for judging and display.
After reviewing the cost and safety issues, the committee has decided not to hire a bouncy castle. However, there will other fun games for children as well as donkey rides, kindly organised by Anne Lander.
The committee is planning all the familiar stalls and sideshows. These are kindly run by volunteers, who generously give their time for the enjoyment of villagers and visitors.
There are still some stalls that require helpers. In addition, setting up and closing down is a big challenge for the team. We are especially seeking strong pairs of hands to assist our Site Manager.
So, if you can give a bit of time (or muscle) on the day, please call Philippa Strickland on 01424 814384 or email .
In addition, there will be pitches for local organisations and businesses. A number have reserved their places, but there is room for more. Interested parties should request an application form from Hon. Sec. Louise Bowles, Fairholme, Pett Road, Pett TN35 4HE (tel. 812296; email ).
The Schedule was issued with the April issue of Pett Parish News and can be dowloaded from the link below. The Application Form can also be downloaded from the link below.
With the theme of Sussex by the Sea, many of the classes have reflected our county and the seaside in the Floral Art and Home Produce classes. The committee are planning another hands-on flower arranging evening at a date closer to the show. Look out for details. A new class 23a, a model of a well-known person using vegetables, was suggested to add a bit of fun to the show. Look out for politicians and film stars. Great to use that spiraliser. The growing season has got off to a fairly good start with warm and cold weather but not much rain so far. Often folks think 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. William Hurton, our judge, has suggested taking a look at the RHS Horticultural Show Handbook to maximise points for the vegetable collections. This is a very detailed volume from which the key points will be available on www.pettnet.org.uk – or call 01424 814384 for a loan of the book. The committee are planning all the familiar stalls and sideshows, which are kindly run by volunteers who generously give their time for the enjoyment of villagers and visitors. There are 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 apply for an application form from Hon. Sec. Louise Bowles, Fairholme, Pett Road, Pett TN35 4HE; Phone 812296 or email Let’s make it a great day.
Here is the Schedule for the 2019 Pett Flower Show – click on the link below to download and print
Here is the Application Form for entries to the 2019 Pett Flower Show Show – click on the link below to download and print
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 – June/July Update
SAVE THE DAY – Saturday 28 July 2018
70 Glorious Years
Only a few weeks to go and everything is growing apace for the entries in the flower, fruit and vegetable classes and recipes have been tested for the Home Produce entries. Having enjoyed the wonderful Flower Festival in St Mary’s and St Peter’s Church in June, we have hopes of excellent displays in the Floral Art classes. The new Modelling classes will no doubt show the skill and talent of the local craftsmen. All those cups to be won. Check out the schedule above.
We are always incredible grateful for donations to the stalls. The Tombola, Bottle Stall and Raffle are delighted for donations ahead of the day. They can be dropped off with any Committee Member – please see back of the schedule. Books, jigsaws and toys – always a popular pitch so please bring them along on the day. Also on the day, cakes for the Tea Room and Produce Stall, where all those spare fruit and vegetables not worthy of entry can be sold along with pickles and preserves. We shall also have concessions stall from local businesses and groups . There are still some spaces on the site plan, so if anyone is interested please contact Hon Sec Louise Bowles as above. On the practical front the parking arrangements will be as last year with a two-way traffic system around the Recreation Ground to the Gatehurst Farm field. The Show does not charge for parking, so all visitors are asked to use the area and not to park on the verges as this can restrict vision at the main gate. The toilet arrangements will be as last year with two Portaloos by the gate and the disabled facility available in the Pavilion.
It is going to be a great day for all to enjoy!
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 . 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 . 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
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