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The Village Show has been running since  August 1862, when the first Hanley Castle Horticultural and Flower Show was organised by the gentry of Hanley Castle Parish.  The aim was  “to encourage horticulture among the cottagers, and to stimulate them to neatness and order not only in their gardens but their households”. 


It still takes place each year in August, but it is now organised by local volunteers.   Entry is open to all amateurs living in or around the Parish.

​Our show is independently run by volunteers and has never restricted entry to members of any society or a tight geographical area.  We don't stick rigidly to RHS and other show rules to encourage as many people as possible to take part for fun, to learn something and to keep the show alive.  The rules we do have are to ensure consistency and fairness, and we have written guidelines for every section to help people display their work in the best possible way. 

We are always struck by the amazing work on show each year; whether they win a prize or not, everyone participating shows what can be achieved given some time and a little effort.  Our show is judged by experienced judges; their standards are high but they understand the effort put into producing a good display and take account of your hard work and attention to detail.

Whilst there is friendly competition between participants, this is not the be-all and end-all of our show. We want it to be an exhibition celebrating the talent and endeavour of participants and hopefully inspiring others to take up a craft or learn a new skill in their spare time.

​We are always looking for ways to keep events around the show interesting and fun.  If you have suggestions on how to improve the show or classes we could include, please do get in touch at

​Hilary, Carol, Ann, Jane, Jim, Nicky, Sarah.

Village Show Committee

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