Victoria talks to Mike Grice, Chairman of the Godmanchester Town Show committee and District Councillor and his wife, Ann, on our “Over to You” programme on Monday 19th July at 7pm.
Mike was instrumental in re-introducing the Town Show back into the town in 2015 after some 50 years of absence. The Godmanchester Town Show began in 1886 during the reign of Queen Victoria and continued through to it’s demise in the 1960’s.
Last year due to the Co-Vid 19 restrictions the show was not held but it is returning this year in a new location. Again, due to the uncertainties of the pandemic, it was thought that the newly acquired Godmanchester Community Nursery in Park Lane would make a safer and mostly outdoor venue for this year’s very traditional show on Saturday 25th September.
Godmanchester Town Council took over the responsibility for the nursery, from Huntingdonshire District Council, in April 2020. It occupies a 4.5 acre site with several special gardens, an orchard, nuttery, potager, cut flower garden and vegetable garden all of which will be accessible to the visitors who come to the Show.
The nursery manager is Oscar Jeakings but he relies on a team of volunteers to help. The nursery is operated in an environmentally friendly way by limiting the use of pesticides, composting green materials and using rain water harvested in a series of water butts. There is even a composting loo! The nursery is open to the public for the sale of plants and produce, 5 days a week with the exceptions of Tuesday’s and Sundays from 10am to 2pm.
In the Over to You programme Mike talks about what you can expect to find in the show which will be open to the public from 2pm and also about the lively and expanding community which comprises the modern Godmanchester.
Both Mike and Ann speak with enthusiasm about the Town Show and all the activities of this vibrant neck of the woods.