Annual General Meeting

Our next meeting is Wednesday the 16th April 2014 at The Castle Inn, Hurst, starting at 7:30pm.

This will start with our Annual General Meeting followed by a planning meeting for our 2014 show. All are welcome so please come and help make this year´s Show another success. We hope to finalise the schedule of classes and activities on the night.

Craft Stalls Open for Booking

There are a number of stalls and pitches available for hire at this year´s Show. Covered stalls are 15 and pitches 10. These are open for booking now by completing the booking form available in the download section.

The 100th Show

The 100th Hurst Horticultural and Cottage Garden Society Show held on Saturday August 17th 2013 was a big success despite the rain showers.

This much loved show once again created much interest and attracted record levels of entries, up 8% on 2012, and whilst the weather was less kind than last year´s sizzler, the number of visitors also increased which pleased the show´s organisers.

Chairman Major Terry Bunyard said: ´It´s the perfect English country day, capturing something about village life that still exists today.´. Click here to see the full press article written by Secretary Frank Whittaker.

100th Show Pictures

We are lucky to have pictures of the 100th Show taken by Jeff Hopkins who is a professional photographer living in Hurst. He is also the judge of the Show´s photography section and has generously donated the photographs for use by the Society. However, he retains copyright to the images so they cannot be copied without his permission.

The pictures can be seen by clicking on ´2013 Pictures´ above. There are so many photographs that they are divided into the following sections: General; Horticultural Exhibits; Home Industries Exhibits; and Prize Giving.

If you have any photographs of the 2013 Show you would like to display on this site please send them to Keith Attfield at All pictures will be added to the ´Latest Pictures´ section under ´2013 Pictures´ above.

Radio Berkshire Interview

Frank Whittaker was interviewed by Phil Kennedy on Radio Berkshire on the morning of the 100th Show.

Click here to hear the interview. (A pop-up box should appear. Click on ´Open´ and this should download the file which will take a little while. It should then play the interview with your default media playing application. If you have problems you can permanently download the mp3 file by right-clicking on the link and choosing ´Save Target As´. It´s size is 2.8MB)

List of 2013 Supporters

Many local businesses kindly supported the 2013 Show by helping pay for printing costs. Details of each supporter can be found by clicking on the ´Show Supporters´ link above.

Last Year´s Show

Terry Bunyard receiving a 100th Year commemorative plate from Christine Cymbaluk

Picture of the Day

Pic 0094 © Jeff Hopkins

2013 Show

Pic 0026 - Matt Brown´s flower arrangement in a tankard.
© Jeff Hopkins

Show Results

Lists of the 2013 class winners and cup winners are available under ´Downloads and Results´ above.

News Alerts for the 2014 Show

Please send an email to to receive alerts about latest news of this, and future, shows and Society events.

Friendship Card - Discounts

Everybody on our News Alerts list is a "Friend" of the Society and will receive a card that will entitle them to membership benefits at Hare Hatch Sheeplands (10% discount all year round) plus occassional special offers.

Future Show Dates

In 2014 the Show will be on Saturday 16 August; and in 2015 it will be on Saturday 22 August.

Show History

The first Show was in 1902 and if you would like to read a little history click here.

Come Along and Join Us

The Hurst Horticultural and Cottage Garden Society is an informal group of people who meet about 4 times a year with the objective of promoting horticulture in the local community. The focal point is the staging of an annual show in August with a supplementary "mini-show" earlier in the year.

How to Join

There is no membership fee or formal joining process. We like to keep our Society informal and open to all and if you would like to come to our next meeting we would be very pleased to welcome you. If you do come could you please tell the Secretary by email ( to be sure we look out for you.

Community Links

The Society is one of many local organisations that serve the local community. A list of others can be seen here.

Page update 17 January 2014