A short history of the Itchen Valley Flower Show.
In 1974 the
Show was enlivened by the Morris Dancers performing outside.
In 1975 Mrs Edmonds stood down as Chairman, her place being taken by
Mrs Dee, with Mrs Hewitt as Hon Sec assisted by Dr Bullock. Margaret
Edmonds was presented with a goblet “as a token of affection and
appreciation of the service she had given”. She sadly died in 1977. In that
year the entry fee was 8p, and admission to the Hall was 1Op. The high cost of
hiring the Hall (for two days, £18.45) was questioned.
By 1985 Margaret Nelson was in the Chair, with the Committee comprising
Sheila Edmonds, Betty McKay, Molly Earle, Sue Glasspool, Liza Hewitt
Albie Marsh, Duggie Symes. Tony Sheppard, Lyn Breslain (Treasurer) and
John Baxter (Sec). That year there was a sad incident when certain exhibits
were sold in error after the show - something which has subsequently
happened from time to time. Also a long discussion about the length of
courgettes, the Judge having disqualified those over 6in, a RHS rule,
1987 Gill Graham Maw joined the Committee, in place of Liza Hewitt, and
took over as Chairman from Margaret Nelson in 1991 to 2006. In 1988
Lyn Bresslain who had been Hon Treasurer since 1974, said she wanted to
resign, but was persuaded to stay until 1998! Also in 1988 an ex-gratia
prize was awarded to an individual whose egg 'was disqualified through
mistaken identity'. The minute does not make it clear whether the egg
or the entrant was misidentified.