In June 2017, the RHS will hold the inaugural RHS Chatsworth Flower Show at the Chatsworth estate, home of the Duke of Devonshire. The Show will include a display (installation) to celebrate the Centenary of the founding of the Women’s Royal Naval Service.
Press Day will be held on Tuesday 6th June, with the show opening to RHS Members on Wednesday 7th June and to both RHS Members and the public from Thursday 8th June until Sunday 11th June. The show opening times are 1000 to 1830 (7th to 10th June) and 1000 to 1700 (11th June).Further information about the show can be found at RHS Flower Show
The RHS would like members of the WRNS community to create exhibits of wrens (the bird) and the Wren Rose. The RHS will then ask an artist to create an installation from the exhibits submitted.
The exhibits will need to able to withstand all weather conditions, as they will be outside for up to 6 days. The minimum size of the exhibit should be 1” x 1” and the maximum size should be 12” x 12”.
In addition to the creation of the installation, the RHS has invited the Royal Navy and the WRNS community to actively contribute to the show as follows:
The youngest serving female in the Royal Navy and the oldest living former Wren to be guests of honour on 6th June and, if possible, also attend the show on 7th June.
Members of the WRNS community to be invited to volunteer to assist in setting up and dismantling the installation.
Members of the WRNS community to be invited to volunteer to be on site each day of the show to man the installation.
If possible, AOW / WRNS100 / the Royal Navy to have a living exhibit showing the uniforms of female members of the Naval Service over the past 100 years.
An exhibit submission form can be obtained from the WRNS100 Website and Facebook page or from AOW Headquarters. The form will give all the details regarding exhibits, dates and an address to send your exhibit to.
An application form for anybody wishing to volunteer to man the installation between 7th and 11th June can be obtained from the WRNS100 Website and Facebook page or from AOW Headquarters.
Volunteers will need to indicate any and all dates on which they would be willing to man the installation, along with their preferred 2-hour time slots. Volunteers will also be asked to indicate whether they would prefer to do just one time slot or multiple time slots in a day, with a minimum of 2 hours on, 2 hours off. The time slots will run from 1000 to 1700 (7th to 10th June) and 1000 to 1600 (11th June).
Installation / Show Break Down / Volunteer Form(s) can be obtained from the WRNS100 Website and Facebook pages or from AOW Headquarters. The form(s) will need to be completed and submitted to the RHS by anybody wishing to volunteer to work with the artist to create the installation on Monday 5th June or to work on site on show break down days (likely to be 12th June). Names of all volunteers will be selected at random. Volunteers must be willing to pay for any required travel and accommodation, as this cost will not be covered by the RHS.
The WRNS100 Project Group are honoured that the RHS have chosen to support our Centenary in such a magnificent setting.