Cuffley Show 2014: Sunday 7th September
A record number of local clubs and societies came together to celebrate Cuffley Hall’s 40th anniversary, with displays, demonstrations and entertainment throughout the afternoon. The event was hosted by the Cuffley Horticultural Society who had displays of home-grown fruit, vegetables and flowers, in pride of place in the centre of the hall, surrounded by attractive features all around the hall.
At one end a large display showed lots of information about Cuffley that had been researched in the preparation of a recently published history of the village (Cuffley & Goff’s Oak, A Celebration of Two Communities, by Patricia Klijn and Michael Clark.) and the Industrial Heritage Society had more interesting material nearby.
Looking to the future, SCANGB (Save Cuffley and Northaw Green Belt) showed an application for a 591 dwelling estate in Northaw Road East, to which residents are strongly objecting.
Members of the Operatic Society were at their display to discuss past and future shows. (The next being “The Cuffley VC”, 3rd to 6th December). During the afternoon members sang and led a First World War sing-song when everyone could join in. Members of the Cuffley Players were at their display and performed appropriately for the occasion as well as discussing performances. (Their next being “Pack of Lies”, 19th to 22nd November.)
In support of charity members of the Cuffley Friends of Cancer Research UK were very visible in their blue jerseys, advising visitors of the very successful work being done to overcome this disease.
Attractive oil and watercolour paintings were shown by the Art Society and members were on hand to discuss techniques.
Beautiful arrangements by the Floral Art Club on the front of the stage were greatly admired and fortunately visitors were not asked to face the difficult task of choosing the best. However visitors were given voting slips so that they could “judge” for the Best on the Horticultural Society’s displays. There were 246 votes recorded and three trophies awarded. The Harwin Shield for Vegetables was won by Alan Motts for his three very large carrots. The voters choose a plate of Passion Fruits to award the Stan Fox Fruit Cup to Arthur Orbell, who also won the John Woodbridge Rose Bowl for his red dahlias. One of the competitions was to judge the Weight of the Marrow (actually 9lbs 81/2 ounces). Another was to guess the Height of the Sunflower (Inches or Centimetres) from a large photograph of father and son measuring it. The nearest of the 48 guesses was 1/8 inch too high at 145 inches. For much of the afternoon, the digital projector was used to display pictures of past events of the various participants and to inform visitors of the days programme. The small hall was used to provide refreshments, including a mouth-watering variety of cakes.
Councillor Mark Mills-Bishop added a few well-chosen words, helped with the raffle and then handed out the trophies. Carol Wilcox (Chair of Horticultural) thanked those who had worked hard to organise the displays and provide the entertainment. She thanked EVERYONE for supporting the Show.
Text and photogrpahs by Arthur Orbell