Introducing the Show – a new Transition Cam & Dursley initiative
As a way of encouraging everyone to grow more of their own food, Transition Cam & Dursley are holding a Flower and Produce Show at the Chantry Centre and the Secret Garden on Saturday 3rd September 2016.
Numerous towns and villages across the country hold Shows like this, many with a long history, but here in Dursley there has not been one since the Listers Horticultural Show ended in the 1970s. The traditional event can be a rather serious and competitive affair, but we like to think differently: this Show is all about enjoyment, fun, and everyone being able to participate.
It is a chance to show off what you have grown, baked, arranged or created – not just for adults but for children and young people as well – and maybe win a prize! These are the four competition classes:
- Baking and Preserves
- Children’s Competitions
Within these categories there are 50 different competitions you can enter – visit our Entering the Competition page to find out what they are and how to enter. There will be a small charge of 20p per entry – or just 10p for children’s entries.
Many of our competitions will have a ‘Transition’ flavour, that is, they will support the values of sustainability, recycling and using our local resources the best way we can. We want to encourage everyone to have a go at growing their own food and flowers – there are many reasons why! See our page Benefits of Growing Your Own.
What else is going on at the Show?
The day is not just about the competition. We want the event to be about coming together to enjoy the Secret Garden space, enjoying good food and music, and having fun. We will have craft stalls, food stalls, a ‘tea tent’, pizzas from the cob oven, as well as children’s entertainments, music bands and choirs. Look out for our publicity nearer the time for details of what will be on offer.
What now? Get sowing and planting!
It is now March, that important time of the year where we sow seeds in order to harvest at the end of summer – just in time for the Show.
Have a look at the Entering the Competition page to find out what you might want to sow. And then get those seeds or seedlings into their compost or soil now (or whenever it says on the packet!)
Further information will appear on this website, as well as on our Facebook page (have YOU Liked us yet, by the way?).
For questions about the Show that are not answered here, you can phone 01453 548271 and our Show organiser will be happy to help you.
About Transition Cam & Dursley and the Secret Garden
The Transition Town Group in Cam and Dursley is a non-political community action group who are supporting and enhancing the heart of our local community. Our aims are to:
- Strengthen our local economy
- Reduce the cost of living
- Prepare for a future with less oil
- Adapt to the changing climate
We are restoring the garden at the rear of the Chantry Centre in Long Street, and turning it into a community space that everyone is invited to support and enjoy. The Secret Garden, as it is called, is a work in progress, but here we grow vegetables and fruit in the available spaces and containers. We are building a cob oven to cook pizzas outdoors, and creating an outdoor performance space called The Hex.
As part of promoting our ideas, we want to encourage everyone to get involved in growing your own food, whether that is at home in the garden, in window boxes, or perhaps you are lucky enough to have an allotment!