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The Gaddesden Society Village Produce Association


The VPA celebrated the 70th anniversary of its foundation on May 13th by combining a birthday party for villagers with its annual plant and cake sale. The event was a cheery one held in the sunshine in the village hall car park with a glass of prosecco and a birthday cake specially baked by Anne Isherwood for the occasion much enjoyed by those present. Sue Godar and her team, including Chris Mawhood, Alastair Greene, Janet Stinton, Lyn Hyde, Stasia Parker and Hilary Catchpole, organised a plant sale that raised £225 whilst Carolyn Wallace and Helen Irving ran a cake stall that raised another £120. Takings from the cake stall go the Hospice of St Francis and the Committee will decide to which local cause plant sale profits will go.


Those present missed the presence of two dedicated former members of the VPA, Betty Rogers and Alan Bunting. Betty came to Little Gaddesden as an evacuee at the age of 14 and never left, marrying into the Rogers family. Whatever the event, one would always find her contributing to its ultimate success. In later years she took every opportunity to sit in her garden at Bede Court along with a good book. We have also said our goodbyes to Alan Bunting. Alan was brought up within the close surrounds of Little Gaddesden and was deeply knowledgeable about everything to do with the countryside, particularly the growing of vegetables and flowers. He always made himself available to lend a helping hand and do a good turn for anyone. The VPA store would not be here today without Alan’s dedication and committee meetings were often lively when he identified something that needed to be sorted out in readiness for the next event or to do with the store activities. His wonderful knowledge and general presence are greatly missed. We are pleased he was able to hand out the prizes at the Summer Show last year. 


At the April AGM the committee for 2018-2019 was appointed and we were pleased to welcome Stuart Buchanan-Barrow, who is undertaking the role of Treasurer. Two committee members, Abigail George and Sara Crabb, stood down and were thanked for their contributions, with the remaining members continuing for another year. Following the formalities, Mick Thompson delivered an illustrated talk on the work of Humphry Repton, the designer of many of the finest gardens in the UK including Ashridge.

June Abraham

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