Crowds turn out for 'perfect English village show'

July 26 2022

Visitors admire the exhibits at the 77th Frenchay Flower Show

Visitors admire the exhibits at the 77th Frenchay Flower Show

FRENCHAY Common came alive with thousands of visitors as the village's flower show returned for the first time since the pandemic.

The 77th Frenchay Flower Show on July 9 had more than 150 competition classes ranging from flowers, fruit and vegetables to cake, home produce, paintings, photos, scarecrows and sock puppets.

Organisers estimate that nearly 3,500 people attended the show.

There were displays from Starlight Cheerleaders and the Winterbourne Down Border Morris, music from Westerly Winds and the Marshfield Brass Band and stalls from a variety of local groups.

The flower show combined for the first time with the Frenchay Car and Motorcycle Show, which had 38 classic and vintage cars and more than 20 motorbikes.

Frenchay Village CIC and Frenchay and Hambrook Horticultural Society combined to put on the event, which returned after missing two years due to covid restrictions and included new adaptations including extra space and ventilation in the main show marquee.

Frenchay and Hambrook Horticultural Society chairman Joe Beasant said: "The weather couldn't have been better, with blue skies and a light breeze all day, and exhibits were plentiful, despite the early date in the season.

"Thank you to those who worked so hard to organise the show, get well soon to those on the team who succumbed to covid just before the show and thank you to all of those who attended."

Flower show committee chairman Philip Whitby-Coles said: "The sun was out, the sky was blue and a wonderful atmosphere prevailed on a very special day for our Frenchay community.

"Any concerns we may have had about people coming to support the show after two years of pandemic restrictions proved totally unfounded. Huge queues quickly formed at both entry gates and very soon the common was full, with literally thousands of enthusiastic visitors.

"When they had all gone home, there was not one scrap of litter on our beautiful common – much respect for that." 

Car and Motorcycle Show coordinator Andy Maxwell said the event had been a "perfect English village show".

He added: "There was huge interest in the vehicles displayed with owners very happy to speak with anyone who showed interest about the history of their vehicle, tales of barn finds, restorations and adventures they and their vehicles have shared."

Highlights included a 1957 Mercedes 190SL, a 1958 MGA, a 1947 Bentley Mk6 Special and a 1930’s Riley Special.

The vehicle show ran from 2003 to 2019 at Frenchay Museum before combining with the flower show this year.

Anyone who would like to exhibit next year can email vehiclesattheshow@frenchayflowershow.com.

A date for next year's Frenchay Flower Show has already been set for July 15.