“I was contacted by Richard Catterall the late National Begonia Society Secretary’s son with regards to a number of trophies he had found when clearing out the attic of his mother’s property. He identified them as being the property of the NBS and presented at the London NBS show at I believe to be the RHS Westminster Hall. The show ceased the held in the late eighties. The cups were returned to the late Dr Catterall for safe keeping. Unfortunately Eric died suddenly and I took over from him, but no one knew that Eric had the cups in store until Richard found them in the loft.
Richard contacted me with regards to the cups together with old bulletins 50s -60s vintage and some American Begonia Society Bulletins of the same vintage.
The cups were engraved with many names from the past and present, Fred Martin, George Beevor, Bill Squires, Brian Simmons, Dave Coates etc.
Articles written by Roy Hartley, who’s namesake variety we will all have grown and been successful with, still as good today as any Begonia.
I will for the next 12 weeks or so while in isolation try to read through the old bulletins and select some items of interest which I will try to persuade our editor to include in the Bulletin.
For the NBS shop window 1953 you can have tie or other neckwear, I wonder if there is any old stock left.
You can also go to a begonia talk in the Salvation Army Offices in Reading, starts with a prayer, ends with a hymn, reminds me of a talk I gave to the women’s union, this ended with a hymn. Do times change.
All the best, keep safe and well In the present crisis.