2020 Hurst August Show
Saturday 22 August
Organised by the Hurst Horticultural & Cottage Garden Society

Show Information:

Risk of Cancellation

While we sincerely hope that this year´s show will go ahead there is a risk that Covid-19 social distancing precautions may sadly force it to be cancelled. However, most show plans are in place and the committee is monitoring government guidelines to see if practical distancing precautions can be followed and will confirm, probably around mid-July. Meanwhile, please assume it is going ahead and keep checking this website regularly for news.

There will be no colour schedule printed and delivered to Hurst households this year because of this uncertainty but it is available to download above.

Keep the Tradition Alive

Emc Singer

       Loraine Cox - EMC Jazz

Assuming the Show will take place please come and have fun joining in a community tradition that's been alive in the village since 1902. Display your skills making, baking and growing with 139 classes to chose from. Make a scarecrow? bake a cake? make some jam? present your eggs? art? photographs? and your home grown flowers, fruit and vegetables? It's 50p a class to enter.

View and download the full schedule from the “Entry Documents” tab above. It´s 6 pages. It explains how to enter the 139 classes and details of the fun on Show afternoon.

No time to enter? then please come on the Saturday afternoon at 1:00pm and see what others have done, then listen to one of the best jazz bands in the County, and its fabulous singer, and enjoy burgers and a drink or two. Stay to the end for a bargain in the auction of flowers, fruit and vegetables.

Entry to the show in the afternoon is only £2 for adults and free for children under 18.

It's fun for all the family.

There will be some social distancing rules in place to keep us all safe. Details of these will be given nearer the time.

Charity Donations

The Society enjoyed a financial surplus from last year´s Show - in no small part due to the good weather which attracted many visitors. As in previous years this enabled the Society to donate to local charities. This year the Berkshire Lowland Rescue and Age Concern Twyford and District have each been given £500. These charities were chosen by members following consultation at the Society´s General Meeting in September last year. In addition the Society will support the gardening initiative at the St Nicholas School when it reopens.

In previous years the chosen charity/ies, and the amount we felt we could afford, has been decided at the AGM following the Show. However, this year as our AGM is postponed due to the Covid-19 lockdown the committee alone made the decision but based on members´ emailed suggestions. Also the committee decided to nominate a charity, in advance, for this year's show. It decided that the Thames Valley Air Ambulance Service should be the chosen charity to benefit from any surplus.

Show Photographs

All the photographs of last year´s Show taken by Hilary Reed and Jonathan Sant are available to view under the Pictures tab above. The Show is very grateful to Hilary and Jonathan for taking such wonderful photographs so we have a fantastic record of the event. If anybody else has photographs they are happy to share please let the secretary know.


The array of cups ready to be presented. (Picture Jonathan Sant)

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Instructions and Guidelines for Exhibitors

Instructions and guidelines have been written to help and encourage exhibitors for the 2020 Show. The six available are: 1) Cooking and Preserves, 2) Fruit, Vegetables and Flowers; 3) Children's Growing Classes; 4) Flavoured Spirit; and 5) Eggs. These can be found by clicking on the “Guidance” option above.

Photographs, Results and Press Coverage

Show photographs can be viewed from the “Pictures” link above and press coverage can be seen here: Press Coverage

Show History

1939 Poster

Old Show Poster

The first Show was held in 1902 and known as the Hurst Show. If you would like to read a little history go here: Show History.

Results Archives

The results of previous shows are available from the following page:
Results Archive

Community Links

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

2019 Show Supporters

The Society is grateful to the local businesses that support the Show and help pay the printing cost of our schedule and show posters. Here is a list of supporters of the 2019 Show and the organisers are very grateful for their generous and enthusiastic support:

    MOT City - Garage Services
    Parkers Twyford
    The Castle Inn

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Page last updated 28/04/2020.