Diary Dates


2020 Events


Listed below were events that should have takeg place in 2020 which will have sweet pea and NSPS connections. This year we invited you to include them in your leisure activities by making them a “day out”. Sadly all live events were cancelled.  It is hoped that we will be able to return to live events in 2021.

2019 events were all interesting and successful and I am sure you will enjoy them in future. They are often more enjoyable when you participate in them. If you are a member your help and assistance is always welcome. If you feel you would like to be involved, please contact me and I will give you the details tomatherton1940@hotmail.co.uk 07887928777

We often require support on the day/days before the events and also at the closure. These events are our Society’s shop window to the public and we often enrol new members at them. If you already a member please support our Society by helping, or at least visiting some of them. Non-members are welcome to visit all events.

You will enjoy it!







Sun  18th Oct                            Chiltern Sweet Pea Society AGM/Annual Meeting 

                                                                          This will not be a ‘live’ event but members will be receiving all the                                                       paperwork and have the opportunity to put forward proposals and ask                                                  questions of the committee who have all indicated that they are happy to                                                continue for another 12 months  The 2021 AGM/Autumn Meeting                                                is scheduled for 17 October. with Roger Parsons as guest speaker


                                                        Details from Graeme Hollingdale  graeme@graemehollingdale.com 











It is appreciated that most events will be cancelled but I will post this only if notified by the organiser.   robertrishworth@yahoo.co.uk


6 June – Downton Horticultural Society

Show held at Downton Memorial Hall. SP5 3NB. Show open 2.00pm – 4.30pm. Show Secretary Tony Ashford, 51 Moot Gardens, Downton, Salisbury SP5 3LG. 01725 510656. Email tonyashford1@tiscali.co.uk 7 main classes plus 4 novice classes. Members and open classes.


13 June – New Forest and District Sweet Pea Society

Show held at Breamore Village Hall, SP6 2EA. Staging 6am -10.30am. Show open 1.00pm – 4.00pm. Secretary Mr. J. Gillingham, 150 Cutlers Place, Wimborne, Dorset BH21 2HZ. 01202 887006. Open Sweet Pea classes.


20 June – Chipperfield Horticultural Society

Show held at Chipperfield Village Hall. Staging from 8am= 10.30am. Show open 2.30pm - 4.00pm.              Email chipperfieldhortsoc@hotmail.com   Classes 3 vases distinct cultivars 7 sprays of each, 1 vase white or cream one cultivar 5 sprays; 1 vase pink, one cultivar 5 sprays; 1 vase lavender or mauve or blue, one cultivar 5 sprays; 1 vase cerise or magenta orcrimson or scarlet, one cultivar 5 sprays; 1 vase any colour, one cultivar,  5 sprays:1 vase mixed 12 sprays.


20 June – Wokingham Horticultural Association

Show held at St. Paul’s Parish Rooms, Reading Road, Wokingham RG41 1EH. Staging 8.30am - 11.00am, Judging 11.15am. Show open 2.00pm – 4.00pm. Show Secretary Mrs. Pauline MacBrayne, 12 Crutchley Road, Wokingham RG40 1XA. 0118 978 9039. Email wha-shows@outlook.com 6 Classes for Sweet Peas including a novice class. Entries to be received by 10.00am on Friday 19 June. More information on website www.w-h-a.org.uk


27 June – Rustington Horticultural Association

Show held at The Woodland Centre, Woodland Road, Rustington, West Sussex BN16 3HB. Staging 7am – 10.30am. Open to public 2pm. Show Secretary Mrs. Alison Valentini, 29 North Lane, Rustington, West Sussex BN16 3PL. 01903 856007. Open classes including division for smaller growers. NSPS bronze medal. Other open classes available.  Celebrating their 75th Anniversary.


28 June – Chiltern Sweet Pea Society

Show held at Millenium Hall, Lacey Green, Bucks HP27 0QT. Staging 8.30am – 12.00noon, bowls and baskets until 1.00pm. Open 2.30pm. Show manager Mr. Chris Gray, 68 Narbeth Drive, Aylesbury, Bucks. HP20 1NU. 01296 488160. Mixed open classes including sections for 100 and 200 cordon growers. All exhibitors welcome. Event Cancelled.


28 June – Rayleigh Horticultural Society

Show held at The Mill Arts & Events Centre, Bellingham Lane, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 7ED. Entries accepted 9.00am – 11.00am. Open to public at 2.00pm. Show Manager Mr. Peter Noble, 36 Warwick Road, Rayleigh, Essex SS6 8PG. 01268 745925. 5 classes



1 & 2 July – Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Society

Show held at The Royal Norfolk Show, The Showground, Costessey, Norwich NR5 0TT. Show open 8.00am – 6.00pm. Show Secretary Mrs Lesley Websdale, Mirtna Cottag, Whinburgh Road, Westfield, Dereham,          NR19 1QL. 01362 821549. Email secretary@nnhs.org.uk  Entries close at 6pm on Monday 21 June 2020.


4 July – Bournemouth in Bloom – The Bournemouth Horticultural Society

Show held at St. Francis of Assisi Church Hall, Charminster Road, Bournemouth BH8 9SH. Show open noon – 5.00pm. Show manager David Bassil, 31 Princess Road, Poole, Dorset BH12 1BG. 01202 752014. Email bdhsociety@tiscali.co.uk All classes open.


4 July – Wingrave & Rowsham Gardens & Allotments Society (WARGAS)

          Show held at Wingrave Community Centre, Buckinghamshire. Staging Friday 3rd July 7.00pm – 11.00pm and

         Saturday 4th July 6.30am – 10.45am. Open to public 2.30pm – 4.45pm.

            Show Secretary Adrian Reeve, 127 Winslow Road, Wingrave, Buckinghamshire HP22 4QB 01296 681372

            Email aidyjreeve@icloud.com 

Open Sweet Pea show, 6 vase, 3 vase and single vase plus bowls. Includes section for growers of less than  200 plants. 8 cups/shields + NSPS medal. Incorporated in open village show with vegetables, flowers, domestic, etc.


4 July – Yorkshire Sweet Pea Society

Show held at St. Michaels School Room, East Ardsley.  Open 10.30am – 4.00pm. 

Show Manager/Secretary Mrs. Joan Myers, 15 New Lane, East Ardsley, Wakefield WF3 2DP.  01924 870748  Classes from 50 plants to Open Division.  Event Cancelled.



4 July – Witney Horticultural Society

Show held at High Street Methodist Church, Witney, Oxon OX28 6HG. Open to public from 12.00noon. Show Manager Kim Wood. Flat 3, Preece Court, 38 Black Bourton Road, Carterton, Oxon OX18 3HD.Email afwkaw@gmail.com  See show schedule www,witneyhorticulturalsociety.com


5 July – Kimble and Ellesborough Horticultural Society

Show held at Stewart Hall, Station Road, Little Kimble HP17 0XN  Staging 8.30am. Open to public at 2pm. Show Secretary David Ridgway, 79 Stoke Road, Aylesbury, HP21 8BL. 01296 421881

Email mrfudge102@aol.com   

Open sweet pea classes (12 stems) plus 5 members' sweet pea classes.


20 – 23 July – Royal Welsh Agricultural Society

Show held at Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Builth Wells LD2 3SY. Show open 8.00am – 8.00pm each day. Horticulture Secretary, Amanda Burton, RWAS Ltd., Llanelwedd, Builth Wells, Powys LD2 3SY. 01982 554409. Email amanda@rwas.co.uk Classes – Open, Novice, Restricted. Please contact Amanda for a schedule.


1 August – Ascot Horticultural Society

Show held at the Licensed Victuallers’ School, London Road, Ascot SL5 8DR. Show opens 2.30pm. Show Secretary Mrs. D. Hathaway, 35 Kennel Ride, Ascot, Berkshire SL5 7NS.   2x cup classes. For further details please see the website. www.ascothorticulturalsociety.org.uk


15 August – Disley & Lyme Horticultural Society

Show held at Disley Amalgamated Sports Club, Jacksons Edge Road, Disley SK12 2JR. Show Manager/Secretary, Dean Stafford, 21 Scafell Close, High Lane, Stockport SK6 8JA. 01663 763015. Email dlhs@live.co.uk For further details www.dlhs.weebly.com









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