Disappointing lack of support from local schools for the Doddington Horticultural Society show, say organisers

Doddington village hall show. Bridget Patching happy with her auction buy,Picture: Steve Williams.

Doddington village hall show. Bridget Patching happy with her auction buy,Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

Doddington Horticultural Society held its 69th annual show in the village hall joined by presenter Christopher South from BBC Radio Cambridgeshire.

Doddington village hall show. Emily Holland with her decorated plant pot. Picture: Steve Williams.

Doddington village hall show. Emily Holland with her decorated plant pot. Picture: Steve Williams. - Credit: Archant

The show was affected by the weather, organisers said, and entries were down from 754 to 588.

The adult sections were down from 473 to 363 which was 110 less than last year.

The children’s were down from 281 to 225.

The main areas affected were the vegetable and flower section which were spoilt by the unpredictable weather conditions.


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A spokesman said: “Adult art section seems to be losing popularity over the last couple of years and maybe needs to be updated, so watch this space. It was very disappointing to find the number of children putting multiple entries in is down even though more children than last year had entered, this included several first timers.

“It was also disappointing that several schools in the area had been contacted and invited to participate and only one actually came along. It would be great to see them joining in and encouraging the children to enter.

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“The show is open to all the local schools and we would have great pleasure in seeing more young people involved at next year’s show.”

You do not have to live in the village to enter, but it must be your own work.

The main raffle prize of £50 was won by Rachel Walton, who then donated £20 back to the society.

The committee thanked guide leader Jane Groves and guides for their help and sent special thanks to committee treasurer Jackie Lomax for her contribution and time.

Special thanks this year went to Burnt house Farm Wind Farm Community Benefit Fund for their generous donation.

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