Stonegate Flower Show 2020
Saturday 11th July
It is with a heavy heart that we are cancelling the 2020 Stonegate Flower Show due to be held on 11 July.
The Flower Show is very much a social gathering and, after much deliberation, we have decided we would not be able to guarantee social distancing and would not want to endanger anyone in our community.
We have produced a schedule and will carry that over to the summer of 2021 when we hope life is looking somewhat more normal.
To help pass the time in this period of lockdown, why not have a go at one or more of the arts and crafts classes and get your entries ready for next year! If you live within a 4 mile radius of Stonegate Village Hall, you’re more than welcome to enter as many classes as you wish next year (one entry per class).
The children’s classes (under 12s) includes:
A drawing of a family member - A homemade insect hotel
For the adults (including young adults 12-17), we have the following:
A painting - A photograph with an amusing caption - A pin cushion
A knitted or crocheted item - A bird box/home - Handiwork in hard material - A piece of origami
The full schedule is available to download here - the flower and produce sections may inspire you to draw up a planting plan for your garden next year. Now, that would be impressive!
Stay safe and well.
The Stonegate Flower Show Committee
Stonegate Flower Show 2019
One of the longest, if not THE longest, traditions in Stonegate is the annual Flower Show. In the good old days, it was a whole village affair topped off with a dance and carriages at midnight. Times have changed but it is still an event that is at the heart of this community.
This year's Show was held on Saturday 21st September, an unseasonably warm and sunny day. The Committee were delighted to see so many entries. A particular highlight were the entries from Stonegate School. Every child had produced an amazing work of art which were displayed at one end of the hall, a colourful backdrop to proceedings and proving there are some very talented children in the school. An added bonus this year was a stall set up by some of the pupils selling produce grown in the school garden. The adults were also on form. Flowers of all varieties and hues were there to be judged alongside home-grown produce from potatoes to pears. You don’t have to be green-fingered to take part in this Show though – there’s cookery, arts and crafts, and even a novelty section, this year including ‘My favourite nutcracker’ won by a hammer!
It was a lovely way to spend a Saturday afternoon, wandering around the hall admiring the exhibits, cheering on the winners receiving their silverware, meeting up with neighbours and having a chat over a cuppa and a delicious slice of homemade cake or even quaffing a cheeky glass of Pimms. With the support of the local school, Stonegate Flower Show is a wonderful event for the village and the Committee encourages everyone to try their hand in one or more of the varied categories. What’s that old adage? It’s not about the winning, it’s the taking part – and that’s just what this Flower Show is all about. You don’t have to be Alan Titchmarsh or Prue Leith to enter – have a go, have fun, be part of a thriving community event. Village life at its best!
The SFS Committee would like to thank the judges, local businesses and individuals who donated prizes for the raffle, Stonegate School staff and pupils, visitors on the day and all the participants for making this year’s Show such a joyful and successful event.
On behalf of the Stonegate Flower Show Committee