Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Old Buckenham learns about the Cheapside Hoard

Breckland Flower and Garden Club

The first meeting of 2015 welcomed Ann Bridge who gave a presentation about the Cheapside Hoard. In 1912 workman excavated into a cellar in Cheapside and found a wooden trunk which contained a hoard of approximately 400 pieces of jewellery, gemstones and trinkets dating from the 16th and 17th centuries. Although some of the crafted pieces could be fairly accurately dated and the maker’s name worked out, the origins of the remainder remain a mystery. Some of the find is exhibited in both the British Museum and the Victoria and Albert museums. Ann also illustrated her talk with two arrangements depicting the Fire of London with red roses and anthuriums.
In the monthly competitions the results were: Old Hands class was won by Christine Hewson, New Hands class and monthly cup by Maureen Ashfield, and the table show was won by Alison Vivian.
The next meeting will be held at Old Buckenham Village Hall on Thursday 12 February starting at 2pm when there will be a workshop. Participants should bring with them a table cover and scissors, a small shallow dish, some moss to cover the dish, a bunch of tulips (red for valentines day?), about a dozen medium ivy leaves and a few twigs, and a small piece of oasis. Visitors are welcome but there will be a charge of £5 (club members free).The competition title is 'Cupid's arrow' and the table show 'First bulbs', either cut or planted but from your garden.
Further details from Christine on 01953 454528 or Sally on 01953 788712.

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