The Clutton Flower Show is always one of the highlights of the summer for me. Once again I was honoured to be invited to help open it along with the actor Anthony Head who was exceptionally gracious. Clutton is a small village but puts on a large event. It has several marquees and a large number of entries for its flower, vegetable and other categories including this year a local bake off. The standard is amazingly high and I am privileged to be shown around privately each year by Aubrey Wilcox who is so knowledgeable and wins many, if not most, of the prizes.
I also take pride in my family’s longstanding connection with the Show. This year I was given a press cutting from 1935 when my grandfather, Fletcher Rees-Mogg, presided at the opening by Lady Warwick. My late father described as “little Billy Rees-Mogg” presented her with a bouquet of sweet peas and gypsophilia, an event he remembered for the rest of his life. Many of those who go to the Show have a similarly long standing connection.
Clutton has also moved with the times and in addition to the main event has an array of activities for children. Bouncy Castles and ice cream, tractors and vintage cars, a dog show and a parade of the Mendip Farmers hounds all made it a very special afternoon with the band playing well known tunes in the background. This does not all happen by magic nor does its long history mean there is any less work to do. Those who enjoy it owe many thanks to the Committee and its tireless Secretary Pat Williams who had another triumphant year.