Show Reports and Results

Summer Show 14th September 2019

We had a good level of participation, with 21 adult exhibitors, 6 juniors and a total of 168 items on display. The mostly dry summer had made for challenging growing conditions for some vegetables; however, the flowers were spectacular, especially the Dahlias. One member was overheard commenting that they looked just as good as those we had seen at the National Dahlia Show at RHS Wisley the previous week! There were lovely Fuchsias, a beautiful Orchid, lots of wonderful flowers. The vegetable collections were fiercely contested with nine entries.  Ray Plowman’s root vegetables were huge, as were his leeks. Pauline Cload exhibited some blue potatoes – apparently they retain their colour when cooked! The homecraft section was hotly contested, too, with several entries for bread, scones and biscuits, jams, jellies and fruit curds. The home-made liqueur class was popular with those committee members who were lucky enough to judge it! The juniors aged 8-11 had painted a flower on a pebble – very pretty.

Ray Plowman – a new exhibitor at our show – won the most points in several of the cup classes, however the Society Rules state that only members can win cups. As he chose not to join (he lives in Great Shefford), he was not eligible. In view of this, the cup winners are listed below:
Juniors – Jarratt Cup for juniors aged 8 – 11:  Anna Cload
Bryce Hamblin Cup for most points in the Vegetable Collections:  Grahame Collins
Sir Henry Barclay Cup for most points in the Vegetable Classes 1 – 25:  Trevor Eggleton
Attfield Cup for most points in the Dahlia classes: Mark Elms  
Dawson Cup for most points in the Flower Section: Mark Elms
Mann Cup for most points in the V1-25 and Flower Section: Mark Elms
Edwin Ettridge Cup for the Best Horticultural Exhibit: Mark Elms
Acland Cup for the most points in the Homecraft Section: Jacqueline Smith
Carol Child Cup for the Best Horticultural Photograph: Amy Lamden
Mrs A M Collins Cup for the most points in the Photography classes P2-P7: Amy Lamden
Herbert Cup for the most points in the entire Show: Trevor Eggleton
Dorothy Walters Cup for the most points from the Spring, Rose and Summer Shows combined, excluding Collections: Marguerite Shave
RHS Banksian Medal for the most points in the Horticultural Classes including collections: Trevor Eggleton
For two of the cups the point scores were tied between Mark Elms and Trevor Eggleton and we had to count the number of first prizes to decide the winner.

Many thanks to the judges – Homecraft: Jenny Butler, Flowers: Roger Butler, Vegetables and Collections: Eric Pickard, Photographs: Jeremy Dick, Juniors: Molly Davison. My thanks also go to everyone who helped on the day in their various roles and to the many exhibitors without whom we would not have had such a good show!

The photos of the show are on the Summer Show page.

Rose and Sweet Pea show 21st June 2019

On Friday 21st June, we held our Rose and Sweet Pea Show in the Fisher Room.   The judge, Ray Broughton, judged in front of the audience, giving us the benefit of his expertise. There was a good selection of flowers on display – roses, sweet peas, shrubs, perennials, summer bulbs and, for the first time, we included summer berries. It was good to see some new exhibitors – all of whom won prizes. The judge complimented us on ‘a good village show’. He commented on the quality of the exhibits, especially Mark Elms’ sweet peas, which he said were of National Level; this is praise indeed!  

The Laurence Date Cup for most points in the show was won by Rhona Tucker. The Sinclair Bowl for the best rose exhibit was also won by Rhona for her lovely bowl of roses. The Siddons Cup for the most points in the sweet pea classes was narrowly won by Grahame Collins, with nine points from three entries, compared to Mark Elms’ eight points from two entries. Many thanks to everyone who took part and who helped organise the event. The evening was rounded off with an interesting talk by Ray Broughton on lawn care and upkeep.

Summer Show 8th September 2018

Cold Ash Horticultural Society Summer Show was held on Saturday 8th September.  We had a good selection of exhibits. I would like to congratulate the growers – after the long hot summer we’ve just experienced, each horticultural exhibit represented an awful lot of extra work to keep the plants healthy and growing steadily. The judges agreed that Mark Elms’ Spray Chrysanthemums were the best they’d seen this year.

In the Homecraft section, you could tell that we are in “Bake Off” season – we had five cottage loaves, seven plates of cookies and seven vegetable cakes, with varying ingredients. It is amazing what vegetables can be used in cakes!

The juniors were separated into two age groups: under 8 years and 8 – 11 years. They made monsters or aliens or animals out of fruit and vegetables. I particularly liked Katharina’s tortoise, Shelley!  

I’d like to thank the judges: Homecraft: Jenny Butler, Flowers: Roger Butler, Vegetables and Collections: Eric Pickard, Photographs: David Smith, Juniors: Molly Davison, and also the committee members who acted as stewards.

My thanks to Jane, Marguerite and their junior helpers on the very successful plant stall. I’d also like to thank Anne and Janet for doing the refreshments and everyone who contributed the delicious cakes.

Here’s hoping that the growing conditions won’t be quite so challenging next year!

List of cup winners:

Juniors – Herbert Cup for juniors up to age 7 :  Katharina Pongratz

Juniors – Jarratt Cup  for juniors aged 8 – 11 :  Skye Collins

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Bryce Hamblin Cup for most points in the Vegetable Collections: Len Beach

Sir Henry Barclay Cup for most points in the Vegetable Classes V1-V25:  Jane Geater

Attfield Cup for most points in the Dahlia classes:  Grahame Collins

Dawson Cup for most points in the Flower Section:  Mark Elms

Mann Cup for most points in the V1-V25 and Flower Sections:  Mark Elms

Edwin Ettridge Cup for the Best Horticultural Exhibit:  Mark Elms

Acland Cup for the most points in the Homecraft Section:  Jacqueline Smith

Carol Child Cup for the Best Horticultural Photograph:  Marguerite Shave

Mrs A M Collins Cup for the most points in the Photography classes P2-P7:  Amy Lamden

Herbert Cup for the most points in the entire Show:  Mark Elms

Dorothy Walters Cup for the highest total points in the Spring, Rose and Summer Shows, excluding Collections:  Grahame Collins

RHS Banksian Medal for the most points in the Horticultural Classes including collections:  Mark Elms

 

Summer show 2018 eexhibits
Some of the Summer Show exhibits
Shelley the tortoise
Shelley the tortoise

Rose & Sweet Pea Show 22nd June 2018

The judge, Ray Broughton, complimented us on the quality of our exhibits – some of which he said could have won prizes at the recent National Show!

The cup winners were:

  • Sinclair Bowl for best Rose exhibit – Natasha Wilton
  • Laurence Date Cup for the most points in the show – Rhona Tucker (this included several first prizes for her roses and also a first prize for her clematis).
  • Siddons Cup for the most points in the Sweet Pea classes – Grahame Collins

Ray rounded off the evening with an amusing presentation of his experiences of 35 years of judging and public speaking at floral events.

Rhona Tucker, our Chair, thanked Ray, the exhibitors, the committee and the audience for a most enjoyable evening.

Spring Show 24th March 2018

There was a lovely display of floral exhibits including: Narcissi, Hyacinths and other pot plants, plus some gorgeous Camellias, Hellebores and other spring flowers. Members must have made use of horticultural fleece, greenhouses and poly tunnels to protect plants, plus indoor heating, where necessary, to encourage bulbs into full bloom just in time for the show considering we had just had several inches of snow the week before.

The floral art classes were very popular with miniature arrangements including eggs, pretty decorated Easter bonnets and spring arrangements. We also had handcraft exhibits, including a lovely tapestry sampler, a beautiful patchwork quilt, knitting, paintings and drawings.   The categories for woodwork, metalwork and beading did not attract entries.

The cup winners were:

  • Hardwicke Cup for most points in the Narcissi classes: Grahame Collins
  • Hillman Cup for most points in the Flower classes: Molly Davison & Cheryl Green
  • Macdonnell Cup for the best Handcraft exhibit:  Anne Wallace (a wonderful patchwork quilt)
  • Mann Cup for most points in the Floral Art classes:  Rhona Tucker

Kate Miller, our Show Secretary, thanked the judges: Kelvin Mason, Diana Amesbury and Barbara Hunt, the exhibitors, the committee, the cake makers and everyone else who helped on the day.