All set for Mundham District Gala and Flower Show

Show manager Celia O'Shea ensures everything is ready for judging at 10am
Show manager Celia O'Shea ensures everything is ready for judging at 10am

Villagers are preparing for the annual Mundham District Gala and Flower Show, which is taking place on Saturday.

The gala is a popular event in the district and takes place on North Mundham Playing Field, in School Lane, North Mundham.

TS Sturdy will be performing again this year

TS Sturdy will be performing again this year

Tim Smith, chairman of the gala committee, said: “We are hoping for a good turnout. It is very popular and we always have a large crowd.

“Broadly speaking, it is a flower and vegetable show, which is of a competitive nature, in a large marquee. Alongside that, there is a photograph competition, handicrafts and children’s work from North Mundham Primary School. We work in liaison with the school, so the work they are doing in the year, they can bring into the show.

“Then outside on the playing field, there are a number of attractions. There are things for the children to do, things for adults, an auction and vintage vehicles, including army vehicles and cars.

“The crockery smash is returning for the first time in about five years and there will be lots of homemade cakes, which are always so popular.

The dog show includes a new class this year, for  the dog that looks most like its owner

The dog show includes a new class this year, for the dog that looks most like its owner

“It is very much a traditional village fête with mainly local people rather than commercial things.

“There is also a dog show and a new class this year is the dog that looks most like its owner.”

Competitors have to drop off their show entries at 8am, ready for the judging at 10am, then the gala is open to the public from 2pm to 5pm.

There will be music from the George Regis Jazz Band and Nautical Training Corps cadets from TS Sturdy will be performing and playing during the afternoon.

Tim added: “The success of the show is down to all the volunteers and people who display their flowers and produce.

“It goes ahead, rain or shine, as we have enough covered areas, though some things might have to be stopped if there is a lot of rain.”

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