|The Froyle Archive looks at Fêtes & Flower Shows in Froyle
from the early days to the 70th in 2016
| Fêtes have for ever been very much part of village life and Froyle’s annual event is always looked forward to with anticipation.
Before the turn of the previous century it was more of a ‘club’ than a Fête and was, apparently, held on Whit Monday, when the village would hold a cricket match, at which there would be a few stalls and a band.
Sir Hubert Miller, Lord of the Manor of Froyle, was responsible for starting an Annual Flower Show and, since that time, the Fête has been run in conjunction with this. At those first shows, the exhibits were displayed in the schools and... No, let Nellie Smith tell you about them. She was 13 years old in 1904 and wrote this imaginary letter as an exercise at School.
|As well as the Show, there was a Best Kept Gardens Competition. For a while in the 1930s the Flower Show lapsed, but it was revived by the Froyle W.I. in 1940 and has taken place in July or August ever since, although now it is organised by the Froyle Gardening Club.
Around 1947 the newly formed Sports Club joined forces with the Flower Show and turned the event into a real village Fête Day.
These Fêtes were often held in the grounds of various large houses in Froyle, but from the late 1960s they were held on the Recreation Ground, as they still are to this day.