Grundisburgh Village Show benefits from being a member of The Suffolk Horticultural and Produce Association (SHAPA) through getting experienced and impartial judges, having access to a good value insurance scheme and being able to access a ready source of advice.

SHAPA was originally founded as the Village Produce Association in 1941 to support the war effort when people were encouraged to ‘dig for victory’. Its main role now is to support its member horticultural societies across Suffolk.

A major problem currently facing SHAPA is being able to recruit enough judges to replace those that have retired. Training is given to all new judges and they initially work alongside experienced judges. Mileage is paid to cover travel costs. Anyone who would like to find out more should contact Jan Lovell, the judging secretary, on 01728 830699, or Graham Scriven, SHAPA chairman on 01502 578692.

As it does not have its own website, Grundisburgh Burgh & Culpho Horticultural Society has agreed to host the list of shows being mounted around Suffolk this year by its member organisations. 


May 13th-Somersham & Dist. Gardening Club @ Somersham Village Hall 10-11.30am Open Show. Contact Hazel Mayhew 01473 657072.

May 13th-Framlingham Hort. Soc. @ United Free Church Hall 9-11.30am Open/Members Show. Contact Miss B Etheridge, 28 Victoria Mill Rd., Framlingham.

June 3rd-Ips. & Dist. Geranium Club @ Rushmere Church Hall, The Street, Rushmere 1-4pm. Contact Bernard Bevans 01473 830155.

June 24th-Framlingham Hort. Soc.@ United Free Church Hall 9-11.30am Open/Members Show. Contact Miss B. Etheridge, 28, Victoria Mill Rd., Framlingham.

July 1st-Bramford Flower Show @ Loraine Victory Hall, Ship Lane Bramford 3pm Open Show. Contact Mrs M. Renton 01473 741253.

July 1st-Woodbridge & Dist. Hort. Soc.@ Woodbridge Community Hall 1.30-5pm Open Show. Contact Pam Pelling, 27,Stoke St. Ipswich IP2 8BZ

July 8th-Wickhambrook Hort. Soc. @Wickhambrook M.S.C. Hall. Noon Open Show

July 8th-Melton VPA @ Burness Parish Room, 2pm Open to members & non members who live/work in Melton. Contact Mr C. Birkbeck 01394 385822.

July 15th-Beccles & Dist. Hort. Soc.@ Blyburgate Hall Noon, Open Show. Contact Mrs S. Westney

July 15th-Grundisburgh Burgh & Culho Horticultural Society, Grundisburgh Village Show@Playing Field, Ipswich Rd, IP13 6TN. 12.30-5pm Open Show. Contact Sharon Cripps 01473 738997,

July15th-Levington Flower Show @ Levington Village Hall, 3pm. Open Show. Contact Mrs C. Bullard 0776 882 1733.

July 15th- Ufford Gardening Club @ St. Marys' Church Hall, 2pm Open Show. Contact,Keith Bennett 01394 461587

July 15th-Stutton Hort. Soc. @ Stutton Community Hall 2.30pm Open Show. Contact Caroline Waller 01473 328224.

July 15th-Laxfield & Dist. Hort. Soc.@ Village Hall 2pm Open show. Contact Roberta Holland 01986 798961.

July 15th-Clare & Dist. Hort.Soc @ Clare Town Hall, Open Show. Contact Mrs O. Smith 01787 277082.

July 15th-Felixstowe & Dist. Hort. Soc. @ Old Felixstowe Community Centre, Ferry Rd. Felixstowe, 12-5.30pm. Mostly members, but open classes in three classes. Contact Angela Pratt 01394 286649 or

July 22nd-Charsfield Flower Show @ Charsfield Village Hall. 2pm. Open Show. Contact Diana Alexander 07584 032538.

July 22nd-Ips. Co-op. Gardening Club @ Co-op Education Centre, 11 Fore St. Ips. 2pm. Members Show only. Contact Jean Ward 01473 745568.

July 22nd-Theberton & Eastbridge Flower & Produce Show @ the Jubilee Hall. Entries by 10am, open to public 2pm. Contact Judith Croton 01728 635083.

July 22nd-Walberswick Hort. Soc. @ the Village Hall. Residents only. 3-4.30pm Contact Betsy Lemmon.

Aug. 5th-Knodishall & Dist. Hort. Soc. @ Village Hall, 2pm Open show. Contact P. Heffer 01728 832421.

Aug 13th-Mutford & Dist. Gardening Club @ Village Hall 2pm

Aug 19th- Leiston Allotment Holders @ Leiston Town & Athletic Club 2pm. Open Show. Contact Jan Lovell 01728 830699.

Aug 19th-Ardleigh & Dist.Hort. Soc. @ Village Hall Station Rd., Ardleigh, 2-4.30pm. Open Show. Contact Mrs R. Jackson 01206 231311.

Aug 5th- Bucklesham Garden Club @ Village Hall 2pm. Open Show. Contact Mrs V. Smith 01473 659619.

Aug 19th Raydon & Dist. Garden Club @ Village Hall. Open Show. Contact Geoff Horrex 01473 310422.

Aug 20th-Wenhaston Gardeners Club @ Village Hall 2pm. Contact Mrs J. Tate 01202 478622.

Aug 27th-Saxmundham Hort. Soc. @ Market Hall High St. 10am. Open Show. Contact Lady Lucille Batho  01728 602132.

Aug 26th- Bures & Dist. Hort.Soc. @ Community Centre, 2pm Open Show. Contact Sue Baxter 01787 227876.

Aug 26th- Orford, Sudbourne & Gedgrave Flower Show @ Orford Recreation Ground 1.30pm. Open Show. Contact, Frances Barnwell 01394 459808.

Sept 2nd-Cavendish & Dist. Hort. Soc. @ The Green Cavendish, 1pm. Open Show. Contact, Lesley Cooper The Red House,  Stour St.,Cavendish CO10 8BH.                

Sept 2nd- Cotton VPA @ Village Hall 2.30pm. Members only show.

Sept 2nd- Kettleburgh VPA @ Village hall,2.30pm. Open Show. Contact Mrs C. Norman 01428 724372.

Sept 3rd- Hundon Gardening Club @ Village Hall 2.15pm. Open Show. Contact, Jane Fox 25 Church St. Hundon CO10 8EW.

Sept 9th-Cornard & Chilton Hort. Soc @ Stevenson Centre 2pm. Contact Mrs S Rayner, 17 Sheepshead Hill, Gt. Cornard, Sudbury CO10 0LU.

Sept 9th- Hintlesham Gardening Club @ Hintlesham & Chattisham Comm. Hall Contact,Mrs Leney, Park Farm Back Rd., Hintlesham.

Sept 9th- Woolpit Garden Club @ Village Hall. Open Show.

Sept 9th- Beccles & Dist. Hort. Soc. @ Blyburgate Hall. Noon. Open Show. Contact Mrs. S. Westney

Sept 9/10th-Wickham Mkt. & Dist. Gardening Club @ Village Hall, 2-5pm. both days. Open & members. Contact Mr J. Sculpher 01728 747434, schedule available

Sept 16th-Framlingham Hort. Soc. @ United Free Church Hall 9-11am. Open & Members Show. Contact Miss B. Etheridge 28 Victoria Mill Rd. Framlingham.

Nov. 4th- Clare & Dist. Hort. Soc. @ Clare Town Hall, 2pm. Open Show. Contact Mrs O. Smith 01787 277082.

Nov 25th-Saxmundham Hort. Soc. @ Market Hall High St. Open Show. Contact Lady Lucille Batho 01728 602132.