Welshampton Plant Fair
Our first Fair took place in 2006, to raise funds for the replacement of the roof of our beautiful listed St Michael and All Angels Church, in Welshampton (designed by the famous Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott and consecrated 150 years ago.) Since then, the Fair has become an annual event, held every Spring Bank Holiday Monday, and growing by the year!
By 2008, when the church roof was funded, we continued to support the church’s upkeep and also Shropshire Macmillan Cancer Support, which was then fund-raising for their new cancer support area at the local Robert Jones & Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic Hospital.
All proceeds have continued to be donated to these popular charities, totalling in all some of £50,000 to date, including over £7,700 in 2014 and £10,000 in 2015. In addition to raising funds, the Fair also promotes Macmillan’s wonderful work in the County – their Shropshire fund-raising manager having an information stall on the day.
Welshampton Plant Fair - Highlights timeline
2006: Inaugural May Fair, envisaged & organised by Keith & Doris Egerton
Village scarecrow competition
2007: Organising Committee set up, chaired by David Skipper
1st plant marquee!
2008: Plant sale expanded!
2009: Chairman David Skipper sadly died just before the Fair, but the team carried on in his honour
2010: Fair opened by Lord Kenyon of Gredington
Our Welshampton’s Damsons booklet launched (now out of stock)
2011: Macmillan centenary so we introduced our “Special Plants” Auction in celebration, with auctioneer Andrew Beeston of Halls
2012: Expert advice on garden design from Richard Lucas, nationally acclaimed garden designer and Chelsea Gold Medal winner.
2013: Ask the Experts with Margaret Thrower & Richard Lucas
2014: Expert Advice with Andrew Humphris, Head Gardener at Wollerton Old Hall & talk on “August Pzzazz the Wollerton Way”
Tom’s Challenge – sunflower growing competition celebrating village teenager Tom Hancock’s life.
2015: Fair’s 10th anniversary celebrations.
Emblem Rose Welshampton Fair, donated by Mary Jinks of Country Garden Roses at Hadnal.
Special informal talk “My passion for Borders” by Jan Lomas, Head Gardener at the Duke and Duchess of Westminsters’ Eaton Hall.
Celebration floral display by Ruth Clarke
Celebration cake raffle
2016: Refocus on plants, with lots of interesting – and often rarely available - plants in the Grand Plant Sale and in the “Special Plants” Auction