The Uplyme and Lyme Regis Horticultural Society wishes to pay tribute to its long-standing President, Mrs Beryl Denham, who has sadly passed away.
A long-time resident of Uplyme, Beryl was a stalwart of many village organisations, and we believe she first joined the HS Committee in 1959, serving as Chairman from time to time before finally being appointed President in 2002, a position she held until her death. This was no ceremonial role – she was an active member of the Society at meetings and events. Beryl received all entries for Summer and Autumn Show exhibits from 1971 until 2016 without a break, and was a mainstay in helping to register entries on Show Day, which she did this year as normal. She always entered the Floral Section of the Summer Show, which was very important to her – she was always concerned that standards were kept up and entry numbers high.
Past Chairman Jenny Harding said “Beryl was very supportive during my time as Chairman, despite some minor disagreements.
“Beryl realised that the Society needed to change to thrive. She always wanted the Society to succeed and flourish, and supported the unsuccessful attempt to change the Society’s name to a more informal one. She supported initiatives to move the society forward and put it in the black. She also helped me with the application for Gardener’s Question Time to come to Uplyme 5 years ago – I’m so glad that she got to enjoy it this May.”
Beryl also served other local organisations including the Trustees of the King George Playing Field, the Uplyme Charities and the Royal British Legion, and during her long stint as Parish Councillor worked tirelessly on behalf of local residents, being instrumental in getting affordable housing in the village. She will be missed!