Society History

The Benfleet Horticultural Society was formed at a special meeting on Wednesday, 2nd June 1920. In effect, the Society was in existence before that, but the name was changed from the South Benfleet Food Producers Association in 1920. Our minutes for that Association go back to October 1918, but we are certain that the Food Producers Association goes back to the late 1800's.

It is interesting to compare some facts from 1918-28 to the present day:

Annual membership fee 1918-28 6d (2.5p), 2019 - £2.50

Entrance fee to show 1918-28 3d (just over 1p), 2019 - £1.00

Seed Potatoes ordered 1918-28 5cwt, 2014 - 625Kg

It is also interesting to note that in 1918 the committee complained to the supplier of the Scottish Seed Potato "Epicure" that they were too small. The reply was that Seed Potatoes the size of a marble would provide a good crop. In 2011, 93 years on, we advised our supplier that our "Epicure" were also small, but at least ours were golf ball size.

Should any member like to read the Minutes Book covering the years 1918 to 1928, it can be made available at the Stores, but unfortunately, it cannot be taken away.

Latest News

Updated 13th February 2020 @ 7:37pm

HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE

STORES REOPENS ON SATURDAY 1ST FEBRUARY 2020 - OUR CENTENARY YEAR

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP STILL ONLY £2.50

LARGE SELECTION OF POTATOES, ONIONS AND SHALLOTS  AVAILABLE NOW

RESERVE YOUR SEATS FOR THIS YEARS OUTINGS


In the BHS Diary

Friday 20th March 2020
Quiz Night
With Quizmaster Simon Foxen
Cost: £4 per person


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Membership is just £2.50 a year per household.
3 Shows each year.
Talks
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Outings throughout the year.
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Comprehensive Year Book.
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