Second World War evacuee helps flower show mark 70 years

Chackmore Flower Show PNL-140816-165645009

Chackmore Flower Show PNL-140816-165645009

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A long-running flower show has celebrated 70 blooming great years.

Chackmore Flower Show marked its 70th show on Saturday with a vast array of colourful flowers and exhibits.

Chackmore Flower Show - pictured is Chris Cypher - who won multiple firsts PNL-140816-165728009
Chackmore Flower Show - pictured is Chris Cypher - who won multiple firsts PNL-140816-165728009

The Chackmore Horticultural Society was formed in 1944 by Aubrey Whitehead and his wife, Lily, to raise money to give to members of the parish when they returned home from serving in the Second World War.

Out of this grew the annual flower show which by tradition is still held on the original day – the third Saturday in August.

Aubrey was the first chairman of the society, a position he held until his death in 1989 and Lily was the secretary until failing health forced her to retire.

Over the years, the show has moved from the Manor House, to in front of the Corinthian Arch, and back to the village.

Chackmore Flower Show - pictured is Norman Sartin  - president (has been involved in every show!) and Keith Hawkins - chairman PNL-140816-165844009
Chackmore Flower Show - pictured is Norman Sartin - president (has been involved in every show!) and Keith Hawkins - chairman PNL-140816-165844009

Throughout its many years, there has been one other constant – the current president of the society, Norman Sartin.

Norman was evacuated to Chackmore during the war and lived with the Whiteheads. He hasn’t missed a single flower show, coming up from Harrow each year with his wife, Marion, to support the event.

Society vice-chairman, James Beckett said the show was still going strong.

He said: “Although other shows of its kind are in decline, this one went very well. The number of exhibitors was up which was really good. I hope it will continue for many more years yet.

“Norman has been present at every show and thought of Aubrey as a father figure. We give Norman flowers at the end of the show and he places the flowers at the Radcliffe cemetery where Aubrey was buried. He has been a supporter of the show the entire time.”

 

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