Village News: Long Bennington club marks 70th anniversary

Long Bennington Garden Club.

Long Bennington Garden Club.

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Long Bennington Village Produce Association (Gardening Club) celebrated its 70th anniversary with a gala evening featuring music by the Newbridge Sextet and a fish and chip supper.

More than 80 members dressed in styles from each of the last seven decades, from Land Girls to hippies.

In a topical speech, club chair Fiona Shilling gave a potted history of the club, which, in 1943, was established as the Long Bennington Village Produce and Pig Keepers Association to support the wartime “Dig for Victory” campaign. The pig-keeping element was dropped when rationing stopped in 1953.

Since then, the club has continued to promote gardening activities in the village and still organises two shows a year.

President Gerry Elms said: “This is a friendly club, which brings toether all walks of life under a common interest.”

Looking to the future, the club is always looking for new members, particularly those willing to serve in an official capacity. Anyone interested should note the next meeting is on August 27 at the St James Hall at 7.30pm. The club, whihc is affiliated with the Royal Horticultural Society, meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month except July.