Category Archives: Shows

Autumn Show 2019

Awards

Highest points in floral fruit & vegetable classesBanwell Perpetual Challenge CupJohn Brackley
Junior member best exhibitC E Venning Perpetual Challenge CupCharlotte Sealy
Best fruit exhibitClutterbuck CupPhillip Gibbs
Highest points for dahliasColin Evans CupAlison Sealy
Best pot plantDelderfield Challenge TrophyVic Hind
Highest total points for vegetablesFreeman CupJohn Brackley
Best rose exhibitJ A Venning BowlBrian Christie
Best floral arrangementKendal BowlBrian Christie
Best handicraft exhibitKelsall CupPatricia Hill
Highest total points for floral arranementsKime CupLillian Gowing
Best pelargoniums exhibitMoyle CupTracey Phillipps
Collection of vegetablesObserver CupJohn Brackley
Perennials - best exhibitParsons CupCelia Butterfield
Best photo exhibitPinder TrophyPeter Holden
Highest total points for kitchencraftSpecial TrophyAlison Sealy
Best vegetable exhibitSociety TrophyJohn Brackley
Vase of mixed flowersTurner Perpetual Challenge CupBrian Christie

Basic results for this show are available here:

Autumn 2019

and for all shows are available in the members’ section.

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Spring Show 2019

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 arrangements

Awards
Award Exhibitor
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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Autumn Show 2018

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.

Awards

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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Summer Show 2018

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.

Awards

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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Spring Show 2018

We were pleasantly surprised at the number of entries for this show considering the weather that we have had. Both the number of entries and the number of exhibitors were slightly up on the corresponding show in 2017, with 252 entries from 33 exhibitors.

Awards

Daffodils & Tulips Highest Points Dawe Cup Andy Rogers
Decorative Classes Highest Points Pinney Cup Lillian Gowing
Domestic Classes Highest Points Special Trophy Alison Sealy
Floral Arrangement by a Novice Member Venning Bowl Alison Sealy
Handicraft Classes – Best Exhibit Yvonne Gibson Cup Margaret Brady

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Autumn Show 2017

Our Autumn Show was a great success. The number of entries were well up on last year, especially in the domestic section where many had entered the recipe from our Year Book for Parsnip, Walnut and Orange cake.  The vegetables were particularly amazing. As it was warm and sunny, teas were served out in the cloisters.     A very enjoyable afternoon.  See pictures below for the full effect in glorious colour and a list of our main prize winners. Members may download the basic list of individual results via the members’ area.

Awards

Dahlias Highest Points Colin Evans Cup Andy Rogers
Dahlia First Time Winner Delderfield Cup Alison Sealy
Vegetables Highest Points Freeman Cup John Brackley
Decorative Classes Highest Points Kime Cup Lillian Gowing
Chrysanthemums Highest Points Members Perpetual Challenge Cup Jaleh Yeaman
Domestic Classes Highest Points Special Trophy Caroline Pretty
Mixed Flowers Vase Turner Perpetual Challenge Cup Julie Christophorou
Bowl Of Dahlias Varney Trophy Janet Tublin
Best Dahlia Exhibit National Dahlia Society Silver Medal Alison Sealy
Best Fruit Exhibit Clutterbuck Cup Andy Rogers
Best Vegetable Exhibit The Society Trophy John Brackley
Best Perennials Parsons Cup John Brackley
Junior Members Best Exhibit C E Venning Perpetual Challenge Cup Alexander Haigh

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Summer Show 2016

In spite of wet and windy weather in the few weeks before the show, there was a grand display flowers, though a few of the roses looked slightly battered!

An increase in the number of junior entries was very pleasing.  Exhibits in the cakes, breads, jams and wines were in abundance and there were some great pieces in the Handicraft section.  As usual Chris Cory and Lily Gowing excelled themselves in the floral art department and our President John Brackley with his amazing vegetables. There were fewer entries in the photographic section than usual.  Hopefully a nice summer will bring forth more for our Autumn Show on Saturday 3rd September.

Our afternoon teas with homemade cakes, provided as usual by Maggie and her band of helpers, were as popular as ever.

Our thanks go to all who helped set up the night before and clearing away afterwards.

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80th Birthday Celebrations: 1936-2016

Our birthday celebration on 11th June 2016 was a great success.  We hired the Cadogan Hall at the Royal Masonic School for Girls on Saturday evening 11th June. It was attended by 160 members and non-members

The guest speaker was Bob Flowerdew of B.B.C. Gardener’s Question Time fame, a very entertaining and amusing speaker. He turned much gardening advice on its head.   His general theme was that the experts over the years have got it wrong for modern gardening, turning an enjoyable hobby into hard work.  We were advised to sharpen our hoes, and grow for taste rather than for show or appearance! It was alight-hearted exploration of those less than wholly scientific, but rather interesting, aspects of gardening. 

Long standing member, Andy Rogers, did a great job as Master of Ceremonies and the evening was organised by Heather Pinder with the help of the committee.

A presentation was made to Audrey and Vic Hind in recognition of their dedication to the Society over 45 years, Audrey as treasurer and Vic as Chairman.

The birthday cake (baked and donated by Maggie Brady) was cut by Bob and passed around.  With our glasses of Prosecco held high, we toasted the Society.  A toast was then proposed to her Majesty, the Queen, who was celebrating her 90th birthday on the same weekend.

The evening ended with a session of lively questions to Bob and a book signing.

birthday

Click on this link to see a seletion of photos from the event by photographer Sue Lacey: http://9688.tifmember.com/v/photos/flower80

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Autumn Show 2015

On the 5th September our members did us proud once more.  In spite of very unhelpful weather conditions in the run up to the show, we had a grand array of exhibits in all categories. However, dahlias this year were disappointing.

There was an increase in the number of exhibits in both junior categories.  One of the pictures to be seen below shows one of our junior prize winners Amelie Melville, presenting an arrangement of flowers by Chris to the Reverend Deborah Snowball who very kindly presented the trophies.

Our afternoon teas were as popular as ever, thanks to Chris, Maggie and their helpers.

Many thanks, as always, go to everyone who helped, before, during and after the show.

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Summer Show 2015

We had another very successful Summer Show. Lots of exhibits with some new members showing for the first time, which was great. The roses were beautiful. There were some amazing handicraft exhibits and St Mary’s School had another splendid display. Domestic, photographic, junior and vegetable classes were all well represented and many trophies won. The hall looked lovely. Maggie Brady and Chris Corby excelled themselves once again with their special teas. And a bonus – we had afternoon tea out in the cloisters in the warm sunshine. 

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