Crowds flock to Frenchay Flower Show
Published on: 01 Aug 2016
Entries and attendance were well up at the 73rd Annual Frenchay Flower Show and the judges commented on a ‘good looking show’.
The event on July 16 organised by the Frenchay and Hambrook Horticultural Society included a wide programme of entertainment, starting with Winds of Change, a new addition, who got proceedings off to a triumphant start playing a number of band favourites including Summertime, Pennsylvania 6500 and Britain’s Heritage.
The Show Prince and Princess, Ryan Stonelake and Rosie Spence, both aged five, processed through the showground to pull a bow at the entrance to the marquee, signifying the official start of the show. The opening was followed with a performance by the Bristol Starlight Cheer Squad under their director Deb Denny.
A display by the Hawk and Owl Trust, also newcomers to the show, included a Barn Owl, Little Owl and juvenile Kestrel and Peregrine Falcon and proved very popular.
Throughout the afternoon vintage buses provided transport between the flower show and the vintage vehicle display in the grounds of the former Frenchay Hospital. Frenchay Parish Church provided an opportunity to try bell ringing. Teas were available in the Unitarian Chapel and, in addition to housing the photographic and flower arranging classes of the show, the Friends Meeting House opened its beautiful garden and provided the venue for a model railway display. The expected Spitfire flypast was unfortunately cancelled due to low cloud.
Teas were provided in the Village Hall by Frenchay WI groups and the enjoyable atmosphere was enhanced throughout the afternoon by performances from The Marshfield Brass Band and The Cleeve Singers.
Towards the end of the afternoon the cups and awards were presented by Jack Lopresti MP and the day was ably brought to a close by flower show committee chairman Philip Whitby-Coles with the traditional auction of produce.