Visitors braved a downpour on Sunday afternoon to visit the Cuffley Show 2011 in Cuffley Hall. Organised by The Cuffley Horticultural Society, whose members exhibited their garden produce. Other local societies within the parish put on displays of cakes, paintings and handicrafts, all contributing to a colourful exhibition on a dull afternoon.
Locally grown fruit, vegetables and flowers complemented the Cuffley Art Society’s display of paintings. Cuffley Players encouraged visitors to make a booking for their next production, Daphne Du Maurier’s thriller, Rebecca, being staged in December. In addition, the Potters Bar & District Photographic Society staged a variety of digital photos, ensuring there was plenty to view and admire.
Northaw Village C of E School Gardeners’ Club provided a stand as did the well known Capel Manor Gardens, adjacent to which was a large display by St Andrew’s Church, Cuffley and St Thomas’s Church, Northaw featuring a wide range of books, magazines, photographic displays, paintings and a beautiful handmade quilt sewn by church member, Diana Morley.
Enjoying the afternoon was Charles Walker, MP examining the produce and talking to visitors. He confessed he is a keen gardener and discussed with Carol Wilcox, Programme Arranger and Ida De Novellisis about the ups and downs of ‘growing your own’. Apparently Mr Walker intends to enter his own produce next year.
With delicious homemade cakes accompanying plenty of cups of tea, a popular raffle and an opportunity to meet and chat with many local people, the afternoon was well attended and proved a great success and no doubt will be an annual event in Cuffley’s social calendar.
Wendy Keeling Taylor 4th September 2011.