This year would have been the 133rd Shrewsbury Flower Show, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic it, like most other events, has been cancelled.
But it’s not all doom and gloom, Shropshire Horticultural Society – led by the Chair of the Marketing Sub committee, Amanda Jones, will instead hold a ‘virtual’ event between 12 noon and 8pm on Friday 14 & Saturday 15 August. The Shrewsbury Virtual Flower Show!
The event will run on the Shrewsbury Flower Show social media pages, predominately on the main Facebook page and YouTube. Links to videos, photographs and competition results will also feature on the show’s website.
Those who are less familiar with social media channels are being encouraged to ask relatives or neighbours to help them access the event.
Amanda said “It would be a shame to just do nothing on those two days in August. Having posted a comment on Facebook to see whether people would be interested, the feedback was positive and so it inspired me to see what we could come up with.”
“We’re holding some of our typical competitions found in the Severn & Dingle Marquees, for children, along with a colouring competition kindly sponsored by Scribble Inc. Entry is easy and prizes wil linclude free entry to classes and the next Shrewsbury Flower Show. Full details can be found on the above web page as well as our social media, and entries close 1 August 2020.”
“The event has already generated some terrific interest from some of the show’s regular exhibitors and traders, some of whom are offering discounts. These businesses will feature throughout the two days as well as on the website.”
Amanda says support is really positive with the 2019 celebrity gardener David Domoney, and Penny Meadmore, who was due to be at the show this year-having been in 2017 & 2018, joining Margaret Thrower and Alan Wilding for a ‘free to join’ live Zoom Gardeners Q&A – details of which can be found on the website and social media channels.
Local chefs James Sherwin, Chris Burt, Paul Crowe and mixologist James Hitchen have already been video’d putting together culinary delicacies and mixing amazing cocktails.
A popular band with locals-The Christians, who headlined the show a number of years ago, have provided a personal message along with a couple of lockdown tracks. Footlights Dance School have kindly shared some of their recent performances, and we have a montage of photographs overlaid with singing from Of One Accord.
We run a small family-run microfarm here in Shrewsbury (The Shropshire Microfarm), producing specialist ingredients for some of the best restaurants in Shropshire. One ingredient is microgreens – a young vegetable that is harvested approximately 2 weeks after it is planted. They have amazing nutritional value, an intense flavour and because they are so fresh they last a really long time compared to your usual salad from the supermarket!
We offer a weekly or fortnightly (no contact!) delivery consisting of :
1 Bag of Tendril Pea shoots
1 Large Box of Microgreen Mix
2 smaller boxes of separate Microgreens (This will change week to week)
The price would be £10 which includes free delivery to anyone living in SY1, SY2 or SY3.
To give people the chance to try before they buy, we’d like to offer a FREE microgreen mixed box this weekend for the first 20 people in Frankwell who get in touch. If you’d like to get this free taster box, or have any questions, then simply message us on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/theshropshiremicrofarm/
And so it is Christmas – Tim Vasby-Burnie’s Advent Window project has been a resounding success, today’s grand-finale featured a brass band, carols, a crowd of nearly 200 people and a tour of all the 24 funky Frank well businesses that flexed their creativity and produced such a brilliant celebration of peace love and understanding to finish off the year.
Beauty at the Double! Funky Frankwell is well known for the beauty of its walks and parks, but on Sunday, two Frankwell businesses gained recognition for a different style at the Midlands Beauty Industry Awards 2019.
The giant has been built under the expert tutelage of Thingumajig Theatre in Leighton Village Hall, enthusiastically assisted by members of the public who have discovered skills they never knew they had – to be fair, most people have never created a giant clog!
The workshops have been filmed and photographed by Helter Skelter Studios and the upcoming performance on Sunday 29 September in the Square, Shrewsbury will be filmed too. Come and join in the fun at 11am – 2pm Septimus the Giant, clog dancing, music and Morris dancers – it will be awesome!
Sponsored by Cancer Charity Macmillan, the Coracle World Championship 2019 is being held on 13 September on the River Severn at Pengwern Boat Club opposite the Quarry about 200 yards from the Boathouse.
The racing starts at 2:30 pm and should be marvellous fun. For those who don’t know, a Coracle is a boat that is completely round with no obvious method of steering other than vigorous rowing from either side of the vessel.
Coracles were first used in the UK over 2000 years ago, dating back to pre-Roman times. These craft were designed for fishing in the fast moving streams of Wales and Shropshire a purpose for which they are ideal being highly manoeverable and very light. They were however not designed for racing and I suspect the potential for the inexperienced to spin helplessly out of control while being washed downriver to Ironbridge is high!
Whatever happens it will be a fun afternoon, should you be inspired to enter a team, there were two places up for grabs at the time of writing – it’s a great cause, last year’s event raised £45,000.