Chedworth & District Horticultural Society – Founded 1880

Introduction
There has been a Horticultural Society in Chedworth since 1880.   History records that it may not have been in existence in every year since that time, but Chedworth village has demonstrated a strong interest in flower and produce shows and talks over the years ever since the first in 1881.   The centenary of the Society was celebrated in 1980 with a dance after the show, and in 2005, to mark the 125th year of the Society, a collection of themed floral displays representing `Chedworth Through the Ages` were brought together in St. Andrew`s Church.   The Society offers much to interest its members, garden visits in the spring, plant exchanges and of course the annual show and fete held at the Village Hall in August each year.

Committee

OFFICERS
President:
Chairman:
Treasurer:
Gen. Secretary:
Show Secretary:
Craft Organiser:
Garden Visits Organiser:
Wiggy Talbot Rice
Simon Colbeck
Josie Hutson
Sophie Blackwell
Iain Robertson
Bea Brockman
Mrs. Venetia Champniss
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Membership
We welcome members from the parishes of  Chedworth, Yanworth & Stowell, Coln St. Dennis, Coln Rogers and neighbouring villages.   Please contact the Hon. Gen. Secretary, Mrs. Sophie Blackwell contact 01285 720626 sophiablackwell@icloud.com for details of membership.

Memberships are renewable on the 1st September each year , payable to the Treasurer or any member of the Committee.   Subscriptions can be paid on the Tuesday before the Annual Show at the Village Hall.

The subscriptions are :

Individual – £5.00
Joint – £9.00
Family (any number of children under 18) – £10.00
Life – £40.00
Joint Life – £50.00

Main Events

Annual Show & Fete
Saturday, 16th August 2014  from 2 – 5 p.m. at the Village Hall and on the Football Field.

This is the main event for the Society. We welcome entries for Classes for Vegetables;  Fruit;  Flowers & Floral Art;  Domestic; Handicrafts;  Photography:  Childrens` and poetry exhibits , all of which are judged on the morning of the Show.

The Show Schedule is distributed at the end of April each year and entries are submitted on the Tuesday of the week before the Show at the Village  Hall.

The Fete with entertainment including stalls and sideshows takes place in and around the Village Hall.   The craft stalls and produce sales are held in the marquee.

Garden Visits
Participants always meet at the Village Hall to encourage lift sharing.
Members should be aware that the Hort Soc, on your behalf, subsidises the fee for visits over and above £5 per head. For instance the first and third visits actually cost £10, all of which goes to our hosts chosen charities.
Friends that members might like to bring will have to pay the full price. Any queries please contact Venetia Champniss v.champniss123@btinternet.com 720548.
More details will come to you via email or in the Hill & Valley Magazine as times get closer.

All members are encouraged to enter into the spirit of these competitions with their varied and interesting gardens.  Contact the Secretary if you’d like to take part.

Plant sales/exchanges
These are held from time to time , advertised by the Secretary.

New members are always welcome to join the Society and should contact Mrs. Sophie Blackwell contact 01285 7206