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This time last year the economy was flying high, at least so far as most of us knew and everything in the garden was growing, or even rosy. What a difference a year makes, with so many of us already affected by the recession, or apprehensive about its possible consequences for us.

Welcome to the 74th Long Marston Horticultural Exhibition

I for one feel overdue for a bit of cheer, so I’m glad that summer has arrived and the annual show is on the horizon. Our village show is one of life’s simple pleasures that we can all still enjoy. I’m especially looking forward, as I always do, to seeing the produce exhibition in the Victory Hall. If you’ve never entered anything yourself, have a good look at the classes in the booklet recently distributed, there’s literally something for everyone, with adults’ and children’s classes not just for flowers and produce of all kinds, but handicrafts, art and photography. This year’s theme, appropriately , is “Make Do And Mend”, which should make for some interesting entries in the creative classes. I hope you decide to enter, but if you fon’t then please do look into the Victory Hall to se the exhibition.

On the field we will have lots to see and do, games and sideshows, bric-a-brac and other stalls, tombola, barbecue, refreshments and a licensed bar.

I hope you can come and join us on Saturday, the 1st of August!

If you would like to help with the show – setting up on Firday and Saturday, during the show iyself, or clearing away on Sunday – then give our events manager David Severs a call on 01296 661 021, or just speak to any member of the commitee whose names are in this programme. We will also be asking residents for any tombola prizes they can provide.