The Village Produce Show: a little history

Open to residents of our five parishes, this event began in 1943 when the country was “Digging for Victory”. One of its first cups, for most points in the Vegetable Classes, was donated by Major Eastick of the Home Front.

At a public meeting in September 1946 the Chair and Secretary to the committee, Miss Mabel Pocock of the Knowle and Mrs Molly Crowfoot (my grandmother), stepped down. Now that servicemen were being demobilised “more men are available”. Apart from the occasional bad year of drought and the recent epidemic the show has kept going ever since.

All are welcome to enter what they have grown in their gardens (vegetables, fruit and flowers) or made in their kitchens (bread, rusks, cakes, tarts and jam). The sight of the entries filling the tables in Geldeston Village Hall is one of the delights of the year. Cups are awarded for the best exhibits but taking part is quite as important.

At the end of the day an auction of donated exhibits is held, and the proceeds go to local charities. We also hope, weather and Covid restrictions permitting, to offer teas on the Sawn Pit (Village Green).

Helpers to set up the hall on Friday and to run the events on Saturday are most welcome.

John Crowfoot (01502-717754)