Timeline of events


Extract from St Mary's Parish News, March 1890: "Fruit & Flower Show - The Vicar intends shortly to call a meeting to decide upon holding a cottagers' fruit and flowers show to be held in July, proceeds to be devoted to the building fund of the much needed school at Titchfield Common. It is hoped that such a show, once stated, may become an annual thing".


24th August. Cottagers living in the Warsash area who gardened no more than 40 rods could participate in the show.   It was a disaster - a lot of exhibits didn't comply to the rules and many Cottagers were disqualified.  A meeting was held on 20th November in the Congregational school room with a Mr Harridon as President, Mr Light as Secretary and Mr Legg as Treasurer.  There is no mention of a committee but it was at that meeting the Society was to be called Hook with Warsash Horticultural Society.  Annual subscription was 2/6d which allowed entrance to the next show, albeit 'a bit haphazardly!  It was recorded that they had a lot to learn about running a flower show.  No minutes were kept between the years 1933-1947.


The Society's activities ceased during the war years


The Society was re-instated but no records have been kept.


A public meeting was held and there were enough people attending for a new committee to be formed.


On 29th May the committee made the decision to meet on the last Wednesday of each month except June, July, August and December - no outings, cheese and wine nor Christmas dinners.


A Golden Jubilee Show was held and opened by Sir Alec Rose - a landmark in the Society's history.


The first show was held at the Victory Hall.


The first Christmas dinner.  Costing £1.50, it was limited to a hundred people.


The Society purchased £500 worth of seeds from Dobies.  (In 2011 £1,200 worth of seeds were purchased, still from Dobies).


The Society's 75th Anniversary. On19th September - 'The Show' continued to be the highlight of the Society's calendar.  It is on record that a giant pumpkin was wheeled across the road from the Victory Hall to be weighed in Everett's, the chemist, by Dr Gorman and Mike Cory.  It was a staggering 9 stone and won first prize


The Society held its last Annual Show, winning a Gold Award which was a huge achievement.


21st November. The Society held a celebratory dinner in the Victory Hall to mark 90 years as a horticultural society.  It was attended by 80 members and guests and entertainment was provided by the Mulberry Singers who performed a medley of songs from the 1920’s era. Following a potted history of the Society compiled by its President, Trevor Clarke, May Hammond, the longest-serving member, was invited to cut the anniversary cake whilst guests toasted the Society with a glass of bubbly. Jill Milton, Chairman said: “It is extremely gratifying that Warsash still has a Society that reaches back to a bygone era, but continues to be so successful throughout today’s ever-changing world. Congratulations to both the Society and its members for surviving so long and we wish it continued success in the future.”


27th August. 95th anniversary celebrations were held at the Victory Hall, Andy McIndoe, Managing Director of Hillier Nurseries and Garden Centres, gave a talk on Gardening Then and Now.  He was accompanied by his wife Ros, who judged the popular Flower of the Month competition.

2015 5th September.  Our first Village Show since 2007.  Such a success so it is planned to hold another in 2018.
8th September.  Another successful show.  The plan is to hold our shows every two years from now on.
2019   100th anniversary!


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