Volunteers wanted to help Clevedon Flower Show celebrate 150th anniversary year

PUBLISHED: 16:00 24 January 2019

Alan Baker with his winning dalias
Clevedon Flower Show

Alan Baker with his winning dalias Clevedon Flower Show 26,08,17

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A show at the heart of the community will celebrate its 150th anniversary this summer.

The Clevedon Flower Show has seen people of all ages submit their giant vegetables, beautiful blooms and stunning photos for judging and this year will be a landmark occasion.

The show started as the Clevedon Horticultural Society which held its first event in 1869.

It changed to the Clevedon Flower Show in the late 1960s to early 1970s and takes place every year on the Salthouse Fields in August.

It costs £21,000 per year to stage it and is financed on fundraising efforts throughout the year and the support of advertisers and sponsors.

The show’s committee has now launched an appeal for more volunteers to come forward to help support the running of this year’s event and for years to come.

Committee member Alan Baker said: “We have had some interest from some people to join the committee – there has been about three people who may attend our next meeting.

“But we need more people who can spare some time during the flower show itself.

“We have about 10 people on the committee at the moment but the more the merrier.”

Mr Baker said the team wanted to make the century-and-a-half event ‘special’ for those who attend.

He added: “The show is one of the major events in the Clevedon calendar, especially after the Marine Lake Enthusiasts were unable to continue with its festival.

“The exhibitors are already preparing what vegetables and flowers they are planning to enter into this year’s categories.

“A lot of work goes into it.”

This year will still see the giant marquee placed on the lawns but this year will see performers such as the Quack Pack and John Prescott on the Salthouse Fields themselves, entertaining the crowds on both days.

The organisers have also teamed up with Guide Dogs For The Blind to run this year’s dog show, with all money raised going to the charity.

Thousands of people attended the show last year, which is set to take place on August 24-25.

The committee is also appealing for sponsors to come forward for the different categories.

To find out more about volunteering and sponsorship, email the show secretary, Sarah Adams, on cfs.showsecretary@gmail.com

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