Big plans for Royal society
A ROYAL society has been reinvigorated in its 120th year and will relaunch its headline show in July.
The Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society (RWRHS), of which The Queen is a patron, was formed in 1892 and once held a flower show bigger than Chelsea and Hampton Court.
Andrew Try, whose telephony service company ComXo sponsors and has overseen the growth of the Windsor Festival, has been giving the RWRHS marketing support, with a plan to build its membership and the show back to a major town event.
Mr Try, now chairman of the society's committee, said: "I was approached a while back and told it was a society that was struggling. When I looked into the history of it, it has a legacy and a history that is fantastic.The Queen is only patron of 200 organisations around the world and six sovereigns have been its patron. When the show was in its heyday, if people wanted to exhibit anywhere in the country, they would exhibit in Windsor."
This year's summer show is aimed at families and will be a "relaxed and quirky" event hosted at St George's School, in Windsor Castle on Saturday, July 14
from 11am. It will feature flower arranging and gardening demonstrations, bee-keeping, home brewing and birds of prey displays.
The beer tent will be sponsored by Windsor and Eton Brewery and children's activities will include a bouncy castle, face painting and a Punch and Judy show.
Mr Try, who is a proud sixth generation Windsorian, and the organising committee, will be presented to The Queen at Windsor Guildhall, in High Street, on her walkabout of the town on Monday, April 30.
He added: "It is all about quality but it will be fun and educational. We already have a loyal membership that has been in place for a long time but I hope we can now appeal to families and adults aged between 30 and 50."
Membership of the RWRHS is £6 and ensures invites to all the society's events. It will also grant access to the member's enclosure at the Summer Show.
For more information on the society visit www.rwrhs.com
This article appeared in Royal Borough Observer 20 Apr 12