© The Godmanchester Town Show 2018
© The Godmanchester Town Show 2018
Godmanchester Town Show
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godmanchester town show
The Town Show, for all ages, displaying an extensive range of ingenuity and talents across a wide range of classes

History

In August 1886 Queen Victoria was in the 49th year of her reign The Marquess of Salisbury was Prime Minister Karl Benz patented his first automobile  and Godmanchester held its very first Town Show Historical background  In the second half of the nineteenth century, gardening came to be regarded as a recreational activity for all, and the first horticultural shows were held.  In 1886, the Godmanchester Horticultural Society held it’s first show. By the next year, 1887, it was being described as an annual show and a detailed report of the second show appeared in the Hunts County Guardian on August 13th.  “The day was very fine and hot and the Company large. A large tent was erected for the reception of the exhibits, which consisted of fruit, flowers and vegetables. The show was very large and a good one, exceeding the expectations of the inhabitants..... and upon the whole showed up Godmanchester as a very productive locality ”   It was held in the grounds of Mr P E Tillard (at The Holme) and there was a military band playing, tennis and dancing, refreshments and lots of decoration - flags, flowers, Venetian masts and coloured lamps. Caged birds of the canary type were also judged. Success and demise            Under the Towgood family and later  Marshall Sisson, Farm Hall became the  regular venue for the show (except  during WW2). Crochet and knitting  competitions were by now added to  the produce competitions, and there  might be sports, fancy dress parades,  maypole dancing, rabbit shows and  baby shows. Around 70 babies were  entered in the 1938 competition.  In 1943, there was a “Victory Garden  Show” held at Riverside, and it raised  £160 for the Red Cross.  By the 1960s there were fewer town  shows reported in Godmanchester,  although the Huntingdon,  Godmanchester and District Green  Fingers Club did hold a 1965 show at  the Commemoration Hall.

Reborn again

Then in 2015, a small committee supported by Godmanchester in Bloom planned a new show and held it on September 12th in St Mary’s Church. It proved very successful, with nearly 300 entrants. The Hunts Post included a report on September16th and the Best in Show trophy went to Neve Morgan, who also won the Children’s Section. Year on year, the show has increased in popularity with the number of classes increasing as well as the number of entries, participants and visitors 2018 promises to be even better.