It's showtime! Our annual favourites are making a comeback

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society

Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society is to bring back its flower and produce fair - Credit: U&LRHS

Some of the popular events that make up the East Devon calendar are emerging out of lockdown.

The Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society is busy planning its 2021 Summer Flower and Produce Fair, to be held on Saturday, July 10, from 1pm to 5pm at the King George V Playing Fields in Uplyme.

As usual, the show will feature a wide range of flower, fruit and vegetable classes, with some classes for children and crafts. There will also be charity, commercial and demonstration stands for people to enjoy and a fun dog show. 

In addition, the society will be organising a plant stall as it is unable to hold its regular plant sale in May. 

The scope of the entertainment provided is yet to be determined, depending upon Covid-19 restrictions at the time.

Robin Britton, the society’s chairman, said: “We’re working hard on a show that will welcome all our visitors back this summer and give them a great afternoon out. We’ll be including as many of our regular features as possible while making sure we’re Covid compliant.”

Preparations are well in hand to adapt the show to conform with Covid-19 requirements. The show marquee will house all entries this year, to leave the village hall free for cream teas and catering. A one-way system will be introduced in the marquee, which will have some open sides to ensure a good airflow. Stalls will be well spaced around the playing fields to ensure plenty of room for visitors and hand sanitisers will be in placed in the village hall, show marquee and on stands.

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Society members have already claimed their potatoes for the potato in a bucket competition and will be able to obtain plug plants to grow on for the show thanks to the support of Groves Nurseries.

The show schedule, with full details of classes and how to enter, will be available from local shops in the next few weeks.

Meanwhile, Axminster Country Market will be reopening from Thursday, April 1, with homemade cakes, savouries, preserves, fruit and vegetables, free range eggs, plants, flowers and craft. 

It runs from 9am to noon in the Masonic Hall on South Street. 

Organisers say: “Come and taste the difference home-made makes.”

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