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Welcome to Portishead Horticultural Society

 

 

History

 

The Society was founded in 1863 by Dr Charles Wigan who moved to Clarence House from Australia when he was seven years old. With the exception of the War years the Society has held a flower show annually since 1863.

The first Flower Show was held in a field off the High Street. At the time Portishead was a village in every sense of the word with water from the Bristol Channel coming up almost into the High Street.  

The Show moved to a field in Battery Road in 1911. Hilda Taylor our former Secretary remembers visiting the Flower Show in 1919 and seeing roundabouts and side shows and all the helpers were dressed in white with ladies having coloured hat bands and scarves. A band was engaged to play during the day and there was an open air dance in the evening. 

In 1951 the Society purchased the present Flower Show Field in Clapton Lane with the help of a mortgage from the National Westminster Bank.  We rented the field out to the Town Council for many years but this ceased in 2003. 

We are fortunate enough to have minutes of the meetings dating back to 1900 with details of the various committee members with some of the people concerned having descendants who still live in the Town.

The two day Flower Show and Country Fair is the main show of the Portishead and District Horticultural Society (PHS) who also have a one day Spring Show in March.  We have three marquees with 24,000 sq feet of space.    The main Show normally gets between 2,000 and 3,000 visitors and is held in  “The Show Field” which for the rest of the year is hired out for community events such as the annual carnival.

The Show has grown over the years but it is still very much a “Village Show” despite the huge growth in population in Portishead.
The Society will be celebrating its 150th anniversary in 2013 and we are planning to host a special Show that year.

  
Further information is available on our dedicated web site Portishead Flower Show or from Linda on info @ Portishead Horticultural Society or 01275 817350.