It’s our 100th show on August 21 and we’ll be there to celebrate – in person! We’ll be back at the Methodist Hall and for the first time will have stalls and entertainment in the car park.
After a year of virtual shows, which proved a hit, attracting more than 600 entries, you’ll be able to bring your fruit, veg, flowers, arts, crafts and baking to the show. And as the virtual version was such a hit, we’ll have online classes for you to show us your gardens.
The first show was 30 August 1919, but with two cancellations, including 1968 when a hail storm in May flattened all the produce growing in the allotments, we’re celebrating our 100th in 2021. There’s more than 80 classes to enter, including the Battle of the Giant Veg for the longest runner bean and heaviest potato, cup cakes and a cake containing a vegetable, handicrafts including upcycled items and art.
Entertainment will include Drighlington Brass Band, with stalls from Calverley Beekeepers, Calverley Brownies and Indian street food from Waheeda.
Anyone can enter the show classes, though some are reserved for Calverley residents.
From August 14, maps will be available for the Calverley Garden Trail, this will run until the 21st. You can admire the entries in our first ever competition, which offers a £100 prize, along with entries from local businesses. The closing date for entries is 7 August, full details are here.
Are your gardens looking blooming good? Why not enter our staycation-themed garden competition and you could win £100.
To celebrate our 100th show we’re launching a competition which will create a self-guided garden walk around Calverley, with a £100 prize for the best one to illustrate the theme of staycation.
Entry is open to any private garden in Calverley, with businesses also encouraged to feature their gardens on the walk route. All gardens should be visible from the pavement.
Show secretary Bev Smith said Calverley Horticultural Society wanted to mark 100 years of shows with a celebration of gardens in the village.
“During the lockdowns people have spent a lot more time working on their gardens, this year they look absolutely stunning. We thought it would be a good idea to create a garden walk for us all to enjoy – with the staycation theme,” she said.
“We’re delighted that Manning Stanton has sponsored our competition, and that we can offer £100 cash to the winner.”
Entry is free, with a deadline of August 7, forms can be downloaded below or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . Entrants will need to have their gardens viewable by August 14. The winner will be announced at the show on August 21.
Spring is in the air, bulbs are growing and we have launched our virtual spring show, with entries already coming in! If you don’t have any bulbs in your garden – or even if you do, why not help brighten up the village by making paper daffodils, or colouring in our template?
Our virtual show last summer was so popular, we decided to hold a smaller show for the spring, to give you the chance to show off your gardening, art and craft skills once again. This summer we hope to have a real-life show to celebrate our centenary. We’ve already commissioned artist Vickie Orton, who is working on the artwork and hopes to involve people in the community in producing it, either virtually or with live workshops when permitted. Vickie has also produced flower templates for our spring show.
So why not download the templates and display the results in your windows? If there are enough, we’ll draw up a daffodil trail through the village.
And don’t forget to submit your entries. We’re looking for photos of our lovely village, your gardens and your bulb displays, plus arts and crafts classes. The closing date is Easter Sunday.
YES, we’re holding our annual show this year, it’s our 99th, so we don’t want to miss THAT, as we have special plans for our centenary next year! It’s all online, so the good news is you can enter anytime until midnight on August 23 by uploading your photos.
We’ve had to cut down on the number of classes, but there are a few new ones, for example the best gardens, hanging baskets and pots in the village as we’ve ALL been gardening more during lockdown.
The Plant Sale proved to be very popular as usual and the plants sold out within two days of opening the mail order version. The majority of our profits were donated to Leeds Cares. So a big thank you to all members who bought plants. Hopefully we have made a small difference.
Our annual plant sale scheduled for mid May won’t be going ahead as planned, but we’re taking it virtual.
We already have lots of lovely plants growing and don’t want to waste them, plus many of us currently have more time to spend in our gardens!
We’ll shortly be sending a list of the plants we have to CHS members and will deliver them to your home when they are ready for planting out (keeping our distance of course). Payment should be by BACS wherever possible.
Once we have orders in from members, we’ll make the list available to all.If you have any spare plants you’d like to sell, please leave them on the table outside the stores.
All money raised will go to society funds which support local charities.
Thank you, let’s make Calverley colourful this summer!
This eagerly awaited village event could not take place without the generous donations of plants, seedlings and help with nurturing thousands of plants on Calverley Allotments. If you could sow extra seeds (veg, flowers herbs…. anything we can sell it) and provide plants (divided herbaceous plants) for the sale that would really help us. Also if you can help with the Sale in any way (potting on, watering etc), please contact Bev Smith or Julie Parker on the allotments (07825 001516).
Polish your potatoes, arrange your annuals and paint your pictures….. because it is Calverley’s Annual Show.
The Show opens at 2.30pm on Saturday 24 August. Please come along. But better than that, please enter your produce, flowers, handicrafts, baking etc. Entries are accepted on FRiday evening from 6pm-9pm.
Show Schedules are available in the Library, Post Office or here……