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Cuffley Show 2012

The fourth Cuffley Show took place on Sunday 2nd September 2012 at Cuffley Hall.

GroupVisitors to the Show were presented with nineteen tables and some of the walls covered with displays by the eight local organisations that had come together with examples of their many activities.  At times, movement around the large hall was restricted by the number of people browsing displays and it was often hard to find free seats for refreshments in the adjacent small hall.  There was a general feeling of pleasure and excitement as the local community came together to show off some of their own achievements, admire the displays, and discuss various techniques.  Charles Walker MP came to the show and many members enjoyed discussing their displays with him.

With the back drop of the curtains, the front of the stage provided a relatively high level for a good view of some impressive examples of artistry by members of the Cuffley Floral Art Club.  While there were a few accessories, the flowers and foliage predominated in the beautiful arrangements.

An area close to the stage provided a good location for The Cuffley Players to remind visitors of successful earlier plays and introduce their autumn production:  Local Affairs, a comedy by Richard Harris (29th November to 1st December).  Some of the Players were on hand to encourage membership and discuss amateur dramatics.

The Cuffley Art Society used their tables and much of one wall to exhibit about thirty of their pictures for comfortable viewing.  Various techniques, including oil, watercolour and charcoal were shown in an interesting variety of frames and subject matter.  Visitors were able to discuss the pictures with some of the artists who attended the Show.

Tables used by the St Andrews and St Thomas Churches contained material of interest to visitors and a laptop computer that showed a series of pictures of events that had taken place.  The Show provided a useful opportunity for Rachael Phillips, the Priest in Charge, to meet with some of her parishioners but also with others who may have been out of touch for a while.

Many visitors were interested to learn more about their activities from representatives of the Cuffley Industrial Heritage Society.  Examples of local investigations surprised some local people and the interesting program reminded others of parts of the wonderful opening ceremony of the Olympic Games.

Younger people were represented byNorthaw School Northaw Primary School with a display of pictures of the activities of their Gardening Club and some small slabs of concrete!  The children had placed the wet mix in moulds about 30cm square or round but then decorated with designs of their own using small ceramic tiles laid into surface before the concrete had set.

A substantial display to represent Capel Manor College showed the sort of work that the students do and the quality of what is grown in the college gardens.  Dr Steve Dowbiggin OBE, Chief Executive and Principal of the college (and Patron to the Cuffley Horticultural Society) was at the show and well able to answer questions and explain features of the display.

The whole Show was organised and hosted by the Cuffley Horticultural Society who used tables to display a wide variety of vegetables, fruit, flowers and foliage produced by their members in spite of unfavourable weather conditions this year.  The technique of using displays rather than entries to a competition removed the constraints of RHS rules.  This allowed members to vary the size, shape and quantities of produce used in their displays.  The Society used separate tables for a good selection of handicrafts and cookery. Visitors to the show appeared to enjoy browsing over fifty favoFlowers & foliageurite photographs of various subjects taken by members that were arranged on suitable stands at the end of the hall.  At the end of the show Dr Steve Dowbiggin drew tickets for the raffle prizes and Douglas Millen, President of the Horticultural Society thanked all those who had contributed to another successful Cuffley Show.

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