Saturday, 22 September 2018

Historic show at actors’ barn

WATLINGTON’S first horticultural show in more than two decades will be held on Sunday.

WATLINGTON’S first horticultural show in more than two decades will be held on Sunday.

Final preparations are under way for the event, which has been organised by Watlington in Bloom.

Actors Jeremy Irons and Sinead Cusack have allowed their barn in Hill Road to be used for the occasion.

The show’s classes will be judged by Peter Thompson, Watlington’s mentor for the Britain in Bloom competition, and a special guest.

Tim Horton, chairman of Watlington in Bloom, said: “We are hoping that people will make the effort to bring their produce despite the difficult spring and summer we have experienced.”

The town is to compete in the national final of the large village category this summer after achieving its greatest success yet in the regional stage last year.

Entry to the show costs £1 per person. It is free to enter any of the categories, which are open to all ages. Classes include best vegetable sculpture, decorated cup cake and jam jar garden posy.

Entries should be brought to the barn between 10am and noon. The barn will then be closed until 2pm when the show will be begin. The awards ceremony will start at 4pm. All entries must be removed by 5.30pm.

An open gardens event will be held from 1pm to 4pm on the same day. Mr Horton hopes to have about 150 visitors on the day and more than 20 programmes have already been sold.

He said: “We really hope that many people will come along and enjoy some often unseen Watlington treasures, that is Watlington parish council’s gardens, Mansle Gardens and the Paddock, as well as the town’s private gardens.

“It will be a fantastic opportunity for families to have a good time and perhaps enjoy a picnic in the Paddock.”

Entry costs £5 per family and programmes are available from the town hall tomorrow (Saturday) and Sunday.

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