Clubs and Community: A summer show that’s sweeter than ever and a garden full of memories

Roger Pigg and his sweet peas at the Chipperfield Summer Show
Roger Pigg and his sweet peas at the Chipperfield Summer Show

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Chipperfield Summer Show

Jane Whittles and one of her quilts at the Chipperfield Summer Show 2014 PNL-140307-122106001

Jane Whittles and one of her quilts at the Chipperfield Summer Show 2014 PNL-140307-122106001

On a perfect summer’s day of sunshine and the bluest of skies, the fragrance and wonderful colours of sweet peas and roses greeted the many visitors to Chipperfield Horticultural Summer Show, held in The Village Hall.

In addition to these blooms were scented garden pinks and border carnations, sweet williams, elegant delphiniums and vases of gorgeous mixed herbaceous perennials, adding an astonishing variety of colours and form to the show benches; further along were soft fruits, vegetables and salads.

Inspiration and high degrees of skill were evident in the Floral Art section, each alcove containing an absolutely beautiful interpretation of the subject by our entrants who never fail to impress us. The three Photography sections had a smaller number of entries than usual, but of the usual high quality and variety. The Handicraft section featured excellent paintings and drawings in several mediums; soft furnishing, fine hand knitwear, quilts, a handbag and an exquisite item of lingerie were among other items demonstrating the many talents of our members.

The well-supported Domestic section had exhibits from Bakewell Tart to bread rolls, Melting Moments to muffins, a jar of jam and sausage rolls to a basket of eggs in a display of all things delicious. The Junior entries were few, but the Father’s Day cards and Silly Sunglasses exhibited were colourful and very well done. We would really love to have more children encouraged to join in with the fun of making and displaying their creations.

Launch of Sunnyside Rural Trust's Memorial Garden

Launch of Sunnyside Rural Trust's Memorial Garden

The Awards:

Cottagers Cup for most points in show: Ann Soanes

Baldwin Cup for Floral Arrangement: Wendy Bathurst

National Carnation Soc. Bronze Medal: John Hopkins

National Rose Society Bronze Medal: Rod Pengelly

T.J.Denny Trophy for for best Specimen Rose: Rod Pengelly

Pettet Cup for most points Roses: Rod Pengelly

Judges Special Award of Outstanding

merit for roses display: Rod Pengelly

National Sweet Pea Society Bronze Medal: Roger Pigg

A.T. Hutchinson Challenge Cup for a bowl of Sweet Peas: Roger Pigg

A different sort of guided walk

The Box Moor Trust hosted a walk by the London Blind Ramblers. With over 20 walkers enjoying the sun, the group enjoyed a route that included the canal towpath, the beautiful meadows of Westbrook Hay and the occasional shade in the woodlands close by.

Trust staff and volunteers were on hand to help guide the walkers through the variety of paths and tracks and also to provide information about how the land is cared for and the many ways that local people enjoy it.The London Blind Ramblers recently featured in the national press for it wide range of walks that it organises across the Home Counties, so it was a real pleasure that they returned to Boxmoor for the second year running and want to come back in 2015!

A garden full of memories

A special and innovative garden has been launched by mayor of Dacorum Allan Lawson for Sunnyside Rural Trust. The garden, which is a physical representation of the poems collected in The Memoir Garden, has been created as a place for remembrance. Mayor of Berkhamsted Peter Matthews was also in attendance.

Local Author Emma Claire Sweeney met regularly with a group of 18 trainees from Sunnyside Rural Trust, who all have learning disabilities. She explored their reminiscences and collaborated with each one to produce a poem. The resulting book, The Memoir Garden, was well received both by literary critics and by the learning disability community.

At the launch, Roxy Simmons, one of the 18, read a speech prepared by the group, which read: “We thought it was important for people to understand about our lives. We don’t want people to think that we are thick. We want people to know that we have the same feelings, relationships and experiences as everyone else. We will maintain the garden together as a place of peace and quiet where we can sit and reminisce. In particular, this is a space where we will remember our old friends Leon and Marie.”

The garden was completed within 107 days to support the Justice for LB campaign (#107 days), which highlights the case of Connor Sparrowhawk (LB) who drowned in the bath 107 days after being admitted to an assessment and treatment unit – an entirely preventable death.

The garden was made possible through generous funding from Patron Arabella Stuart- Smith and the Neighbourly Charitable Trust. The work was carried out by the team along with volunteering help from Berkhamsted’s Waitrose.