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Show blow for society

Keen gardeners in Felpham were forced to cancel their first show because of coronavirus.


Committee members of Felpham and Middleton Horticultural Society reluctantly made the decision to stop its spring show going ahead.


Visitors to its intended venue of St Mary’s Centre were greeted by a notice on the front door informing them of the fact.


Show secretary Paula Puleston said: “The society was formed in the 1930s and this is the first time, that I know about, that a show has been cancelled.


“It’s a long time but we had to cancel the show. The majority of our members are in the elderly age category and we didn’t want to put them at risk.


“We took the decision at the last minute and we are going to be very sensible about what we do in the future.”


Last year’s spring show took place in a snowfall, said Mrs Puleston. The shows typically have about 30 members showing some 300 entries. Between 80-100 visitors usually go along to admire their hard work.


Mrs Puleston said the society had also cancelled its meetings at the centre for this month about Leonardslee Gardens and in April as well.


The year’s first outing on April 30 and even the rose and sweet pea show on June 20 could also be in doubt.


“The committee will continue to meet and we will decide the future as and when we get information from the government and medical groups,” she said.


*Butlin’s in Bognor Regis is closing today until at least April 16. The holiday company announced the temporary shutdown on Wednesday.


It said in a statement on its website: “The safety and wellbeing of our guests and teams are our absolute priority. In support of government recommendations, we have sadly taken the decision to temporarily close all three resorts, Bognor Regis, Minehead and Skegness from March 20 to April 16.”


The Aldingbourne Country Centre has been closed by the Aldingbourne Trust until further notice as well as the charity’s Number 73 creative arts studio in Aldwick Road.

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