Allotment Association Chairman Ken Wheal
It was another enjoyable show day with the Village Hall buzzing and nearly 50
people entering almost 250 entries. There was a high quality display of fruit, vegetables,
photography, flowers, cookery, and children's exhibits. Most people who came to
view the show took the time to cast their vote for the ‘People's Choice’ award,
choosing Bruce Watson's very striking large decorative dahlia.
Bruce Watson collects winnings from Harry and Wendy Bryan
President Mrs Wendy Bryan thanked and congratulated the exhibitors for their enthusiasm,
skill and continued ability to support the show with excellent exhibits, despite poor weather this summer.
Mrs Bryan paid tribute to Tony Copeland, Society Secretary and friend, who died
just a few weeks ago after an extremely short illness. She noted his many
contributions to the Committee and show, not the least of which was “bringing
the Society into the 21st century” with the increased use of computers! Mrs
Bryan also thanked the new helpers and Committee members who have stepped
forward to help keep the show going. She also welcomed new entrants and urged them to continue to participate.
Special awards presented included a Certificate of Merit for Floral Art to Mrs Pam Tasker;
Diploma for Best Floral Exhibit to Mr Bruce Watson with the Harold Roberts Cup for Best
Vegetable Exhibit going to Mrs Paula Kerr;
The S.E. Cook Junior Trophy (for children under age 11) was won by Miss Lucy Aiello.
Lucy's winning fairy cakes
The main awards, for the winners of the most points in the following classes were:
The Royal Horticultural Society Banksian Medal (horticultural classes) – Mr Bruce Watson
Challenge Cup (all classes) – Mr Richard Band; Dr. E.M.M. Willett Cup (vegetables) – Mr
Richard Band; Crabbe Cup (flowers) – Mr Bruce Watson; De Mahe Cup (floral art) – Mrs Pam Tasker
County Cup (cookery) – Mrs Sheila McDougald
The Basons: Jill, Simon, Matthew, David, but maybe not in that order
Mrs Carol Evered announced that the Society will be sponsoring its first evening
talk on Friday 7th October, at 7.30pm at the Village Hall. Tony Russell,
journalist and horticulturalist, will be giving an illustrated talk on the
Gardens of the Cotswold. Renowned as an excellent speaker, he will be drawing
on the research and writing he did for his book on the same topic. Tickets cost
£4, to include refreshments, and are available through Mrs Evered (01789 470863) or at the door.
The Society wishes to give warm thanks to the judges, who continue to support us in keeping our show going so well.
We enjoy our continued camaraderie with the
Wellesbourne Allotment Association and were also happy to welcome a Chedham's
Yard representative to discuss their latest developments, including the upcoming Heritage Open Days.
Pauline Wilson-Gunn sells Garden Talk tickets.
We welcome both new and
experienced exhibitors to join us in the Spring Show. We will announce the
schedule in late winter, and it will be available in local shops and the
library, as well as on this website.
And finally . . .
Pictures & captions by Paula Kerr