Seend Flower Show History
The Flower Show as we know it was resurrected after the WWII in 1949. Mrs Fraser and Mr Webb were the organisers for many years, followed by Gwyn Hopkins and Peter Fisher.
At that time it was called The Seend Horse and Flower Show. In its early days the Flower Show and Fete was held on the land that is now the WI allotments, with the support of Mrs Lorna Hillier and the Gymkhana on the Lye, courtesy of Mr W G Smith.
As well as the excitement of the horses, hounds, produce exhibits there was a Flower Show Queen, there were football matches some in fancy dress: Seend v Bromham, Seend won! The first Flower Show Queen in 1949 was June Hillier supported by her attendants Jose Waylen and Christine Parfitt.
The format has changed through the years. The number of exhibits has increased. Gwyn Hopkins realised the produce needed more space and moved into the Social Club and the Fete became managed separately by The Lye Field Committee .
The competitive spirit amongst local growers is good humoured although occasionally lapses into desperate tactics. Like the year in the heaviest carrot category, one entry was found to be filled with sand!
The quality of the produce, fruit, flowers, vegetables, handcrafts, baking and preserves is always an inspiration. The local children’s contributions a delight to behold. We hope that with your support this year will be a another special one
Please think of something you can submit, every single entry adds to the marvellous display. If you feel there is something worth adding to the schedule for another year please do let us know.