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Regretfully, owing to the ongoing covid-19 situation, this outing was cancelled.
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It is with some sadness that our Chairman, Matt Nutt, resigned from his post. Family and work commitments had to take precedence. He worked very hard rebranding and promoting the society. However I am delighted that he will stay on as a committee member dealing with social media and the local press and I am very pleased that Ann Furness, our secretary, has agreed to take over the chair. She took charge of organizing several events last year, all of which were very successful, as well as booking our speakers.
It was a funny year weather wise – a lovely spring like period in February when plants decided it was time to start growing and popped their heads above the soil and then a very cold wet spell when they all went back to sleep.
Our two shows were well attended with more new exhibitors, especially in the handicraft classes in which we increased the number of categories.
We had some disappointments. The Bury fete was unnecessarily cancelled. We usually replenish the coffers with the proceeds from the plant stall. I hope this year we will get back on track. The schools potato challenge was successful inasmuch as the children enjoyed growing the potatoes but we were hoping the parents would get involved by attending the Autumn show for the weigh-in and thereby be interested in the society. Unfortunately not one parent turned up. We also expended a considerable time, effort and expense advertising and promoting the society. Sadly this did not lead to an increase in membership which steadily diminishes every year.
We must not be complacent. The average age of our members and committee is rising. If we cannot attract new younger members, I can see that our society will cease to exist within ten years.
Lastly, I would like to thank all of you who have supported and helped us during the year, and the rest of the committee members who have worked tirelessly to enable us to carry on as a society.
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Highest points in floral fruit & vegetable classes Banwell Perpetual Challenge Cup John Brackley
Junior member best exhibit C E Venning Perpetual Challenge Cup Charlotte Sealy
Best fruit exhibit Clutterbuck Cup Phillip Gibbs
Highest points for dahlias Colin Evans Cup Alison Sealy
Best pot plant Delderfield Challenge Trophy Vic Hind
Highest total points for vegetables Freeman Cup John Brackley
Best rose exhibit J A Venning Bowl Brian Christie
Best floral arrangement Kendal Bowl Brian Christie
Best handicraft exhibit Kelsall Cup Patricia Hill
Highest total points for floral arranements Kime Cup Lillian Gowing
Best pelargoniums exhibit Moyle Cup Tracey Phillipps
Collection of vegetables Observer Cup John Brackley
Perennials - best exhibit Parsons Cup Celia Butterfield
Best photo exhibit Pinder Trophy Peter Holden
Highest total points for kitchencraft Special Trophy Alison Sealy
Best vegetable exhibit Society Trophy John Brackley
Vase of mixed flowers Turner Perpetual Challenge Cup Brian Christie
Basic results for this show are available below:
and for all shows are available in the members’ section.
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In September, the Society arranged an outing to RHS Wisley Garden. This was open to members and non-members.
Wisley is the flagship garden of the RHS and one of the UK’s most visited and best-loved gardens, attracting around one million visitors each year. Some 75 garden staff, 25 students, four apprentices and 100 volunteers help make Wisley an amazing experience for visitors.
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The number of entries for this show was disappointing. The Easter holidays meant that key exhibitors were away which resulted in only 169 entries as opposed to 252 in 2018. Particularly disappointing was the low number of exhibits in the Floral Arrangment classes; three normal arrangements and five miniature arrangementsAwards
|Daffodils & Tulips||Dawe Cup||Vic Hind|
|Floral Arrangements Highest Points||Pinney Cup||Elaine Howe|
|Kitchencraft Highest Points||Special Trophy||Alison Sealy|
|Handicraft Best exhibit||Yvonne Gibson Cup||Jo Mander|
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The unusual weather of the past few weeks seriously affected many of the floral classes. There were very few dahlias and the quality was not as we have seen in previous years. The decorative entries were also well down. However, the vegetable, domestic, handicraft and photographic classes came to the rescue.
|Dahlias Highest Points||Colin Evans Cup||Alison Sealy|
|Vegetables Highest Points||Freeman Cup||John Brackley|
|Decorative Classes Highest Points||Kime Cup||Lillian Gowing|
|Domestic Classes Highest Points||Special Trophy||Alison Sealy|
|Mixed Flowers Vase||Turner Perpetual Challenge Cup||Martin Gowing|
|Bowl Of Dahlias||Varney Trophy||Alison Sealy|
|Best Dahlia Exhibit||National Dahlia Society Silver Medal||Alison Sealy|
|Best Fruit Exhibit||Clutterbuck Cup||Ursula Fahey|
|Best Vegetable Exhibit||The Society Trophy||John Brackley|
|Best Perennials||Parsons Cup||Andy Rogers|
|Junior Members Best Exhibit||C E Venning Perpetual Challenge Cup||Charlotte Sealy|
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Once again the unusual weather has affected the floral entries, particularly the roses. Entries were down in number, although not as badly as in 2013 when the show had only 125 entries from 15 exhibitors. In the end we had 155 entries from 24 exhibitors. This year, due to the failure of the Royal National Rose Society, we were not able to award a medal to Martyn Gowing despite his providing the best rose exhibit.
|Roses Highest Points||J. A. Venning Bowl||Andy Rogers|
|Sweet Peas Highest Points||Steinberg Cup||John Brackley|
|Collection of Vegetables||Observer Cup||John Brackley|
|Decorative Classes Highest Points||Kelsall Cup||Lillian Gowing|
|Domestic Classes Highest Points||Pinder Trophy||Natalie Sealy|
|Best Sweet Pea Exhibit||National Sweet Pea Society Medal||John Brackley|
|Best Fruit Exhibit||Venning Trophy||Alison Sealy|
|Best Decorative Exhibit||Kendall Bowl||Mavis Starling|
|Pelargoniums Best Exhibit||Moyle Cup||John Brackley|
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