More about the society
In the austere post war years, “Digging For Victory” had been the message for all and necessary at a time of rationing. So in the late 1940s, a group of about 14 keen flower growers in the Street, Somerset, area held the first meeting and the Society was set up.They made an initial contribution of 10 shillings – at that time about a sixth of the average weekly wage! This small group held their first Annual Show in 1949, and the show has continued each year since then, and the Society held its Diamond Anniversary at the Crispin Hall in 2008. While initially a show for Chrysanthemums and Dahlias, this has been extended over the years to include Vegetables, Floral art, Fuchsias, Begonias and Children’s classes. The Show is one of the finest in the South West, with four Wessex Championship classes.Entries are welcomed from everyone – from novice to expert. Some classes are only open to novices, while special children’s classes include two that are open to local schools, to encourage the children in an activity that is a healthy alternative to computer games, Ipads and X-Boxes. We hope that exhibitors will become members of the Society, if they are not already members, although being a member is not a condition of entry. Being a member allows entry to special members-only classes – such as the Townshend/Vernoum Kelsae Onion competition, and the Members only Fuchsia challenge. For Kelsae class, members are supplied if desired with onion seedlings and for the fuchsia class, a young rooted plant is supplied at the plant sale in May. (See schedule for details) There is also the opportunity for members to become more involved with the Society, by joining the committee, or assisting with the plant sale or Annual Show. Being on the committee is an excellent way to contribute to the future direction of the Society.
The Annual Show is funded by profits from the plant sale, donations and sponsors. Success depends on the support of sponsors and members, who give a lot of time freely to ensure success.A Newsletter is issued three times a year to members, by email where possible. Where space allows, growing tips are included from expert members. Any contributions or comments are welcome – see contact page for these.The Society has come a long way since the early days, although standards at the show have remained very high, and the envy of many larger shows. We are always looking for ways to improve in the future. The main events are the Plant Sale in May and the Annual Show in September. Garden visits have started in recent years,and further meetings and social occasions are being considered, if there is sufficient support for these. At a time of recession, and when allotments are in high demand, perhaps younger members of the local population will find the challenge of growing for showing more attractive. Members of the Society are always happy to share their expertise and give tips for “growing and showing”