Posts Tagged ‘flower show’

Market Lavington Flower Show of 1999

May 11, 2015

Yesterday we made use of a newspaper article from the 1973. Today we have another newspaper article and it provides an opportunity to see how newspaper printing technology improved in the last quarter of the twentieth century – particularly with regard to photographs.

This article, from the same paper, The Wiltshire Gazette and Herald, is about Market Lavington’s 1999 flower and produce show.

News report on the 1999 Flower and Produce Show in Market Lavington

News report on the 1999 Flower and Produce Show in Market Lavington

On the right we can see a clear and sharp photo of three prize winning ladies, but let’s concentrate on the written article on the left.

Paul Mehra won the photography class

Paul Mehra won the photography class

Paul Mehra, who won the photographic section that year proudly displays his film camera and a photo – and even enlarged the press photo remains pretty sharp. The quality is hugely better than the photo we saw yesterday of Peggy Gye with her ‘Look Back’ exhibition.

We understand that plans are well in hand for the 2015 show which will be in the Community Hall on Saturday 5th September.

The Flower Show Band Contest

November 8, 2012

The generosity of people seems endless at times. We have recently been able to copy lots of photos held by a former Easterton resident. His pictures cover many aspects of life all around the area. Today we are featuring a photo taken in the heart of Market Lavington – the Flower Show Band Contest

Crowds on Market Lavington High Street for an Edwardian band cotest

Here we see Market Lavington’s High Street. Or maybe we don’t see it because of the sheer number of people. Immediately on the left is the Market Place and as we can see, the old building on the corner was then the Post Office. Now we have a chemist shop there, but it’s a completely different building. The Post Office was there in Edwardian times, which seems to fit with the clothing we can see.

Viewpoints are interesting. There are a couple of people on the rather flimsy shelf above the butcher’s window. (These could be Mrs Laura Eldin, wife of the butcher and their daughter, Florence). Florence was born in 1893 and looks to be the right age for an Edwardian photo. There’s another person on the house next door. He appears to be a police officer

There is no one we can recognise with 100% certainty.

But what a fantastic turnout for a village event. There must be 300 or so people out to hear the bands – probably more because the crowds, no doubt, will also be in the Market Place.

Bank Holiday in the Lavingtons.

August 27, 2012

On Saturday, Market Lavington held its annual flower and produce show alongside the Lavington Gardening Club’s members show.

Amazingly, in what had been a tough year for growing, there were plenty of entries and a good standard in all of the sections, apart from fruit.

Here we see people staging exhibits in Market Lavington Community Hall.

Staging cookery exhibits at the Market Lavington Show

Making sure the herbs are just right

A visiting moth took a fancy to some very fine parsnips.

Can anybody identify this moth species – here sampling Jack Curran’s parsnips.

Dahlias and other flowers made a fine show.

Some of the flowers at the Lavington Show


It is good to report new entrants and new names amongst the winners, In the open show, Claire Robertson – she entered for the first time last year – won by a big margin. In the members’ classes, it was Jack Curran who stormed it.

Well done to those two and all of the other entrants who make this show such a pleasant way to spend a day.

Tomorrow, Bank Holiday Monday, the action moves to Easterton where the museum will have a stall and a quiz at the Easterton Country Fair. This makes another lovely day out in the Lavingtons.

Market Lavington Flower Show

August 26, 2010

Saturday will be flower show day in Market Lavington – or rather, it will be the 2010 Lavington and District Produce Show. This event is run by a small and very dedicated band of volunteers and will be open to the public at The Community Hall from two to 3.30pm when there will be the prize giving and an auction of produce.

The museum is close by, so why not take a look at the treasures of the area whilst visiting the show.

Back in the 1920s there was a huge committee of volunteers to run the flower show as this photo of said committee shows.

The Flower Show Committee of the 1920s - a photo at Market Lavington Museum

This is a rare photo because it has been well captioned. We can name nearly all the people on the photo.

Back row, from left to right

  1. A Burbidge
  2. M Andrews
  3. M Potter
  4. C Saxton
  5. Alexander
  6. J Ross
  7. A Potter

Next to back row from left to right

  1. Ted Hopkins
  2. J Gye
  3. Hawes
  4. Mrs Drury
  5. Not known
  6. Vic Osmond
  7. P Watts
  8. Mrs Gibbons
  9. F Bishop
  10. T Gye
  11. W Hayward

Seated on chairs from left to right

  1. Mrs F Bishop
  2. Mrs Hayward
  3. Not known
  4. W Drury
  5. G Pike
  6. J Welch
  7. Miss Bouverie

Seated on ground from left to right

  1. Mr Pomeroy
  2. Reg King (not certain)
  3. B Cooper

That’s a committee of 28 people. The 2010 show will be splendid it must have been glorious 80 to 90 years ago.