Droxford Village Community
Summer Show & 116th Birthday
Meon Valley Garden Club Celebrates its 116thBirthday
On Saturday 15 June members of Meon Valley Garden Club gathered at Meonstoke Hall to celebrate the Club’s 116thBirthday with an afternoon tea organised by Lesley Lopez, the Club’s Show Secretary, and provided by the Club’s committee. A super time was had by the 80 members in attendance as they tucked into traditional fare of finger sandwiches, scones and clotted cream and birthday cake washed down with a glass of fizz and the ubiquitous cups of tea.
Two members Stuart Attrill and Alan Hibbert spent some months last year conducting research to ascertain when the Club was established. They found a reference in the Hampshire Chronicle of 1904 reporting the Second Annual Show of the Meon Valley Flower, Fruit and Vegetable Show. Having missed the opportunity to celebrate the 100th birthday, the Committee decided it would be a great idea to hold an event to mark the ongoing success of such an old Club. Sadly Alan died in December 2018.
The Afternoon Tea included an exhibition of Club artefacts some of which were recently presented to the current Chair, Olive Hathaway, by a former Chair Mr Everett. Amongst them were Show schedules going back to 1921 and Minute books dated from 1930. They provided an insight into social history and how times have changed. In 1921, there was one Class for ‘Women’ and that was a bowl of cooked potatoes together with a Class for ‘Ladies’ for flowering arranging. In 1950, the holder of the programme with the Lucky Number won a pig and the runner-up a pair of nylon stockings.
In 1991, John Martin, Committee Member then and now and Club member for over 50 years, was in the local paper bemoaning that the Club was likely to fold as there was only 80 members and only a few members willing to help on Show day. It was about this time that the Club decided to reinvent itself as a Garden Club and today the Club boasts a flourishing membership of over 200.
The next event at the Club is the Summer Show to be held at the Meonstoke Hall on Sunday 21 July at 1.30. In addition to the floral, vegetable and handicraft exhibits in the main hall, there are outside sideshows, games for the children, musical entertainment and, of course, teas, cakes and refreshments. Entry is only £1, with accompanied children free and ample free parking. So, pop it in your diary and enjoy an afternoon of fun. The schedule and entry form will be available on the Garden Club pages on the Droxford Community website with many categories open to non members.
Summer Show 2019
Schedule and entry form below.