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2019 Chair’s Welcome Statement

Welcome to the 76thFrenchay Flower Show. 

Last year we had a glorious hot sunny day and a large crowd enjoyed the 75thshow.

It was opened by Presley Chick from Hambrook School and Charlotte Turner from Frenchay School, who processed through the Showground, leading the cutest Alpacas from Oakfield Farm, before pulling the ceremonial bow to officially open the show.

Once more the exhibits were of the highest standard. The growers, bakers, craft workers and artists exhibiting in the Marquee excelled themselves again. In the Friends Meeting House the Flower arrangements were of such a high standard it must have been difficult for the judges to choose the winners. In addition to over 40 stalls within the showground, the vintage car display at Frenchay Museum  and Steam Engines on Frenchay Common attracted admiring crowds. The WI supplied delicious cream teas and the music of the Marshfield Brass Band and the antics of the Bristol Morris Men kept everyone entertained. The hot weather did not seem to affect the Bristol Starlight Cheer Squad who gave a fantastic performance displaying their team skills.

Our local MP Jack Lopresti and Tim Bowles presented the winners trophies and along with our local Councillors also helped on the day

Although we had another financial success we decided to give slightly less to local causes as we are trying to find a permanent home for the Flower Show paraphernalia which seems to grow each year. However we did distribute the following amounts to local causes.

  • The Village Hall (£600), Friends Meeting House (£400), Frenchay Museum (£150)
  • St John’s Frenchay Parish Church (£200), Frenchay Unitarian Chapel (£150) Frenchay News (£250)
  • Frenchay Preservation Society (£100) World War 1 exhibit (£50)   A total of £1900.

This year the Frenchay Flower show will once again be offering all the traditional exhibits, judged in accordance with RHS guidelines. Animal corner will be back and also the Vintage Cars, Steam Engines, Morris Dancers and a large number of varied Stalls.

A huge thank you to everyone who help to make the show happen, and to those who support this wonderful tradition.

We especially need your exhibits so get planting, take photographs, start baking.

We look forward to seeing you all on July the 13thfor more fun on the Common.

Thanks once again.

Philip Whitby Coles
Chairman Frenchay Flower Show Committee