Minster Show
   incorporating Monkton, Acol, St Nicholas, Sarre & Cliffsend

Saturday 24th July 2021

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Penultimate Saturday each July
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Minster CT12 4DE

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Do you have memories of past shows that you would be willing to talk to us about? Do you have pictures from past shows that we could display? We'd love to hear from anyone with stories to tell, or pictures we could borrow. Please contact Karen Brazil, Danny Day or the Editor of Minster Matters, thank you.

The forerunner of what we now know as 'The Minster Show' was established when, on Wednesday the 29th July 1886 an exhibition was held under the auspices and management of the Minster Horticultural and Cottage Gardens Society in the Abbey Meadow. The event eventually breaking away from the Gardens Society and becoming an independently organised one, (year not known) proving so popular that it was decided to make it an annual show.

The Minster Show grew steadily during the early 1900s, being looked forward to, and well attended by many people from the Thanet towns and villages each year. The standard of entries was going up each year as the competition among the villagers grew, and refreshments and other entertainment were provided on the day. The Ramsgate Corporation Band playing there in 1890, marching up to the meadow from the railway station. The first Baby Show was held in 1908, and was deemed by the local press to be 'a novel feature in this part of the country'. The status of the show was such that local farmers and other agricultural employers gave their workers the day off to attend and what with beer available out of licensing hours on the day, it was eagerly looked forward to by all.

Storm clouds were gathering over Europe and war broke out in 1914, the Show was not reported on during this period, and the assumption must be that because many of the able bodied men of the Minster went off to war, sadly the annual show must have stopped

An attempt at reviving the Show was made in 1922, in the form of a garden fete held at the Minster vicarage, Lord and Lady Carson, who were staying at Cleve Court at the time, being the 'distinguished patrons'.

The show did not really return to its' former glory until 1926 when the Legion organised the event that year. The Show grew steadily in stature during the 1920s and 1930s and sometime in this period it became known as 'The Minster and Monkton Flower Show incorporating Acol St. Nicholas-at-Wade and Sarre' the name was abbreviated to 'The Minster Flower Show' and this it kept until 2010, when it was renamed 'The Minster Show' in an attempt to avoid confusing it with the other village horticultural shows.

Again in 1939 war broke out in Europe, and the holding of the annual show was again suspended. A limited show in the form of a garden fete at the vicarage was reported on in 1943 and each year from then, so technically it was still held despite the war not being over, however it was not until 1946 that things got back to normal and the show grew larger once again. By the late 1940s early 1950s the 'Minster Flower Show' had moved up to the recreation ground where it has been held ever since.

It was reported in the local press that 5,000 people had attended in 1952 but sadly in 1961 it was noted that there were no horses in the parade or show, mechanisation had finally caught up with Minster!

There was a large drop in attendance on July 27th 1966, not surprising; the World Cup was being played that Saturday, England versus Germany, as we all know England won.

The Minster Show continues until the present day, many happy hours have been spent by thousands of visitors to the show, it has had its 'ups and downs' nearly failing in the mid-1970s through lack of support, but it has survived as a very long running and traditional village event since it was established all those years ago in the Victorian times in 1886, well over a century ago.


Danny Day
Minster Local History Archive