THE end of March is a time where everything suddenly seems to spring into life – if you will pardon the pun.
Animals come out of hibernation, the sun glistens down from the clear blue sky, and flowers majestically rise up from the soil and take their place for the summer.
Spring is, put simply, a fantastic time for anyone with even a remote interest in nature.
At the Hayling Island Horticultural Club we welcome anyone who is interested in the wonderful world of gardening – regardless of whether you’re the next Alan Titchmarsh or a complete gardening novice.
In fact, even if you aren’t interested in gardening, there is something for you at our Spring Flower Show, an event which we have been greatly looking forward to for quite some time now.
The Spring Show is taking place this Saturday (March 25) at the Hayling Island Community Centre in Station Road, from 2pm.
If you’re not a gardener, there are lots of classes that you can enter.
Do you like cooking? Well, the spring show classes are soda bread, cheese scones, jam Swiss roll, lemon drizzle cake, mince pies, biscuits, veggie salad for one, orange marmalade and chutney.
There’s also a class of marmalade cake for men only. All the details can be found on our website at hihs.org.uk.
For arty-crafty types there are classes for a scale model, a painting or drawing, a blanket for a premature baby (to be donated to the Neo-natal Care Unit at Queen Alexandra Hospital), papercraft, woodwork and a mobile decoration.
There’s also a class for any craft item that doesn’t fit into the other six. Details of dimensions and rules can, again, be found on our website.
Perhaps, rather than cooking, you are a flower arranger instead?
The classes are Easter Glow, Spring Parallel and Intimate Dining.
The last class is a petite class, always much admired by our visitors to the shows.
In addition, there are classes for juniors and for photographers.
If you attend as a visitor, disabled people and helpers can preview at 1.30pm on the day with everybody else who is interested being free to come along from 2pm onwards.
The cost of entry is only £1 and there will be a tombola and a plant stall.
Our afternoon teas with home-made cakes are legendary for their value and deliciousness.
I urge anyone who is free to come along – it’ll be well worth your time.