The origins of Marldon Gardening Club go back to 1970, when a Flower Show was held in conjunction with the Apple Pie Fair. The Village Hall Committee asked Mr. Roy Underhill if he would be the Secretary of the Flower Show to provide continuity for arranging judges, booking the marquee, etc. As there was strong support for the Flower Show in the Village, Roy was then asked by Mr. Fred Westaway and Mr. Louis Goss to form a separate Gardening Club.
The new Club met monthly in the Village Hall, and held an annual Flower Show on August Bank Holiday Monday. Today the Annual Flower Show is still held on the same date, but the Apple Pie Fair is now held on the last Saturday in July. We still meet on the first Tuesday of the month, and have a different speaker each month. We have about 50 members, and are always seeking new members.
We also have Spring and Autumn Shows for our members. Our Annual Show has an “Open” class which anyone from outside the Parish can enter, and a “parishioners” class which is restricted to residents of the Parish and Kings Ash, and members of the Club. Socially, we have a Wine & Cheese evening in December, and a Christmas dinner usually held at Castle Barton restaurant.