NEW TROPHY: A brand new trophy was presented for the first time at Ditchling Horticultural Society’s Spring Bulb Show on March 11. Valerie Winter, for many years a successful exhibitor of daffodils, donated a silver cup to the Floral Art section of the show. Chairman John Oughton said, ‘It is a big occasion for a Society to receive a new trophy, and we were glad that Mrs Winter agreed to present it this first time’. The trophy, for an arrangement of flowers grown in the exhibitor’s garden, was won by Shirley Cox. The Spring Bulb Show is the first of three annual produce shows in Ditchling. This year saw a record number of entries as the village hall was filled with beautiful displays of daffodils and other spring flowers as well as crafts and cookery. Entries included Tete-aTete daffodils grown by children from St Margaret’s School, from bulbs donated by Peter Eastwood Plants. Three other trophies were also presented at the Spring Show, the Bob Webb Cup won by Valerie Winter, Crosby Cook Trophy won by Helen Court and the Herbert Bannister Cup won by Valerie Winter.
ANTIQUES: Lennox Cato, BBC1 Antiques Roadshow Furniture Specialist is coming to give a talk today, Friday, in Ditchling Village Hall, 7pm for 7.30pm. Lennox has built up a reputation for finding the unusual and is a member of Antique Dealers BADA and LAPADA. He specialises in eighteenth and nineteenth century English furniture and related items. Admission is £10 and includes a glass of wine. Tickets available from Ditchling Village Post Office or firstname.lastname@example.org.
TRIP TO PASHLEY MANOR: Ditchling Horticultural Society is organising a trip to the lovely Pashley Manor, near Wadhurst, on Wednesday May 3. This is during their spectacular Tulip Festival. The coach leaves at 9am. Tickets are available from Ditchling Village Post Office. Horticultural Society members £17 and non-members £22. The price includes coach travel and entrance.
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