GALLERY: Mundham and District Gala and Flower Show

People from near and far visited the traditional Mundham and District Gala and Flower Show on Saturday.

The origins of the gala can be traced back to 1892 and this year’s offering was blessed with warm sunny weather, ideal to entice people to North Mundham Playing Field.

Celia OShea with her foliage. Picture: Kate Shemilt ks16000832-1

Celia OShea with her foliage. Picture: Kate Shemilt ks16000832-1

The gala was opened by Paul and Gwen Chivers, who have been involved in the village over many years.

They arrived in a vintage car, accompanied by TS Sturdy Nautical Training Corps and the princes and princesses from North Mundham Primary School.

George’s Regis Jazz Band provided music throughout the afternoon and this matched the upbeat mood at the gala.

There were many stalls and events to cater for all tastes and interests, and the dog show, which had many entries on the day, received loud cheers from the spectators as the proud winners received their rosettes.

Linda Fitzmaurice, press officer, said: “The highlight of the day must surely be the entries in the different competition categories. These could be viewed in the marquee.

“There were locally-grown fruit and vegetables, flowers and, yes, even the best weed.

“The categories for flower arranging, handicrafts, cooking and baking, and photography showed off the local talent in the villages. We are proud of the talents on display.”

The winners of various trophies and shields were announced at the end of the day, followed by the raffle, with good quality prizes donated by local people and businesses.

Even as the end of the gala was announced, the weather was still beautiful and many people were still around, chatting and enjoying the lingering ambience.

The annual meeting will be held at North Mundham Village Hall on October 14 at 7.30pm and next year’s gala will be held on Saturday, July 15.

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