LAST year organisers of the 91st Christow and District Horticultural and Agricultural Society had good cause to celebrate as visitors flocked to support the return of this much loved annual event.

Postponed for two years due to the Covid epidemic, the Christow Show, always a popular attraction with a host of traditional crafts and main ring displays, reunited the community and attracted record visitors last year.

Each year a contribution is donated to a local charity, which last year was The Royal Osteoporosis Society ( ROS).

Earlier this month a cheque for £1,000 was presented to Phyll Taylor, Chair, (ROS) Exeter and District Support Group.

Speaking at the presentation Phyll Taylor thanked the Christow and District Show committee for their generous donation and praised their support.

‘Your donation will help us to continue to support, inform and create net-working opportunities for our members and will also continue to help raise awareness among the general public’ Phyll said.

‘This very common condition, affects one in two women and one in five men over 50 - this is a silent condition, usually not diagnosed until after the person has suffered one or more broken bones, however Osteoporosis can be managed with medications so early diagnosis is essential’ she added.

After the presentation Peter Preston praised the local community for supporting the Christow show.

‘We hope that this donation will make a difference in raising awareness of the condition and go towards supporting those living with Osteoporosis’ Peter said.

‘The Christow Show, which this year is on Saturday, August 19, has supported many different charities over the years and we will continue to support different charities in the future, working together to make a positive impact on the lives of those in need’ he added.

The Exeter and District Support Group host regular informal meetings, which are held at St Leonard’s Church Hall, Exeter, to share experiences and learn from one another.