Yapton and District Cottage Gardeners' Society


Autumn Show 7.10.17

A fine end to the season of showing : slightly larger than the equivalent show last year, this year 43 participants submitted 271 entries. Upon entering the Village Hall, the eye was drawn immediately to the vases of dahlias and chrysanthemums an then to late flowers, fuchsia florets and some splendid pot plants. Among the vegetables, the array of tomatoes and onions demonstrated the skills required for display; leeks were excellent and the `any other vegetable’ class was interesting with squashes, calabrese, aubergines and winter radish. There were some splendid apples and pears, and the range of novelties included large sunflower heads, massive marrows and a huge potato.

The cookery classes were well supported, with excellent quality exhibits featuring preserves, Dundee cakes and gingerbread; as in all recent shows, the Photographic Section had numerous entries, and there were classes for flower arrangements, handicrafts and children’s items.

About 70 visitors came to enjoy the display, and the side-stalls offering plants, cakes, preserves and loaves, greeting cards and a raffle and tombola.

Vice-President Stella Whitelock presented the awards : Malcolm Paradine won the Edith Godfrey Trophy; just a whisker behind was Barry Moore, who introduced a set of sweet peppers for the Deegan Shield, the best vegetable exhibit.  Alan Humphrey took both Silver and Bronze Medals of the National Dahlia Society. Kent Kressner  retained the Peter Crouch Memorial for hischrysanthemums.  Eva Pendreich shared the Joan Waddington Memorial Vase with Ted Love for points in the fuchsia classes, and won the season-long Photography Championship and the Neil Baxter Memorial Trophy for Cookery and Handicrafts. The Show Secretary, David Donovan, retained the Fruit Bowl, based on the season’s results, and gained the Village Criers Trophy for most points across the horticultural classes for the year. Diane Booker took home the W.R. Trophy as the most successful flower arranger of the season. Ned Slowly, aged six, and four-year-old Ted Coomber shared the Junior Autumn Cup, while Cerys Hier, aged eight, accepted the Junior Village Criers Trophy for her prizes over the season.

FIRST PRIZE WINNERS: Mike Shambrook, Jenny Pay, Mary Carmel Pardi, Irene Jordan, Ted Love, Anne Hollis, Eva Pendreich, Alan Humphrey, Kent Kressner, Malcolm Paradine, Mark Wilson, Barry Moore, Graham Coomber, Roy Phillips, Den Jordan, David Donovan, Annabelle Heath, Jo Gold, Alan Thew, Diane Booker, Derek Jukes, Elaine Cordingley, Ian Watts, John Knight, Ted Coombert, Ned Slowly.

Summer Show 12.8.17

We  had a wonderful day, not only did the sun shine, but it was a community event through and through. One of our members, Alice Duckworth, needs to be publicly acknowledged as the prime mover for the events, which brought the people of the village onto the recreation ground, beginning with a fun dog show. There were other attractions on the field; as well as a skiffle band, the Double L-L Club members brought classic vehicles of all descriptions, there were two motor-cycles and three agricultural tractors, one of which gave the simple pleasure of providing trailer rides across the field. The Village Hall housed further items to interest visitors: Military model figures, a model railway layout and a model farm set plus cream teas, with the Local History Group taking the smaller halls for a photographic display of Yapton and Ford communities.

The flower show marquee formed the backdrop for all the activities on the recreation ground. The show attracted 470 entries from 60 exhibitors, 11 making their first appearance at a Yapton flower show. The floral stars were undoubtedly the dahlias; despite rain falling in the days before the show, the quality was excellent, as the judge attested. There were fine vegetables, with numerous dishes of tomatoes and plenty of runner bean entries, and some of the pot plants were grown to perfection. The supporting classes included cookery, with its many exhibits, and photography, as always of interest to visitors. The remainder of the schedule comprised flower arranging, wine and beer, handicrafts and children’s entries.

There was a steady flow of visitors into the marquee during the afternoon, which ended with the closing ceremony conducted by our President, Sue Phillips. Before presenting the awards, she praised those responsible for providing an effectively free-of-charge afternoon’s entertainment. The trophy awards yielded some new names for commemoration, but first long-time supporter Malcolm Paradine took the V.H. Snell Trophy for vegetables,  the George Harrison Cup for most points in the members horticultural classes and the Royal Horticultural Society Banksian Medal. Mick Minton won the Booth Cup for most points in the open horticultural classes, with his dahlias nominated for the National Dahlia Society Bronze Medal . Ted Love exhibited  large onions for the best vegetables in members’ classes and the Warmere Cup and the Tony Butcher Trophy for the best pot plant. Geoff Lintott demonstrated his expertise in growing six smaller onions for the Binns Trophy. David Donovan won the Charles Millyard Trophy for runner beans in the members’ classes and the Ivor Smith Fruit Bowl with his points total for fruit. Alan Humphrey’s fine dahlias saw him reap both trophies for cut flowers, the Stevenson Cup in the members’ and the Woodard Cup in the open section, he also received the National Dahlia Society Silver Medal. The Leslie Crowther Trophy went to Carmel Pardi; Diane Booker won the Pannell Trophy for her flower arranging; Judy Barratt took the Ford Wine Circle Challenge Shield, and Eva Pendreich triumphed in the Cookery Section for the Collyer Cup.  Anne Chandler won the Stagg Cup for best item of handicraft. The children’s trophies largely went to nine-year-old Cerys Hier, beginning with the Frost Senior Cup with her garden in a seed-tray, most points in the younger competitor classes for the Belmont Cup and best child’s exhibit for the Margaret Trophy. The remaining award for the older element, the `Teens Trophy’, was presented to Teagan White.

FIRST PRIZE WINNERS: Malcolm Paradine, Ted Love, Mick Minton, Graham Coomber, Thelma Jack, Jeff Haine, David Donovan, Roy Phillips, Terry Booker, Jenny Pay, Anne Hollis, Alan Humphrey, Mary Carmel Pardi, Andy Mitchell, Irene Jordan, Eva Pendreich, Geoff Lintott, Barry Bezants, Diane Booker, Katharine Horwood, Anne Chandler, Elaine Cordingley, Karen Hier, Heather Booth, Sheila Hazell, David Day, Lisa Elkin, John Knight, Judy Barratt, Olivia Lisle, Jo Gold, Vicky Millis, Carol Humphrey, Annabelle Heath, Margaret Elkin, Emma Grant, Alan Thew, Ted Coomber, Cerys Hier, Teagan White, Ellie Cordingley.

Early Summer show 17.6.17

On a brilliantly sunny day, the Early Summer Flower Show resulted in a visual splendour. There were 262 entries, a few up on last year, submitted by 38 exhibitors, of whom three were participating for the first time. The rose classes were particularly well supported and demonstrated the variety being grown today, with the sweet peas attracting some excellent quality vases of flowers. The remaining horticultural content included a wide range of herbaceous border plants as cut flowers, pot plants for foliage and flowers and assorted vegetables and soft fruits. Flower arranging demonstrated a slight recovery in its fortunes over recent shows, and the cookery classes generally had good entries. The very competitive photographic section attracted much attention and discussion from the visiting public, while four children represented the younger element of exhibitors.
The afternoon’s 80 visitors, have viewed the competitive display, then had a choice of side-stalls for their attention: cakes and preserves, garden plants, bottle tombola and raffle, while the kitchen plied a good trade in cakes and cream teas. At the close of the event, the auction of donated items was preceded by the distribution of the trophy awards. Vice-President Stella Whitelock was on hand for the presentations, with `Mac’ MacCulloch, who had travelled from the Brighton area, proving to be the best of the rose growers for the Godfrey Challenge Cup, but in tight competition, shared the Hawthorn Trophy for sweet peas with Jeffrey Haine on equal points. However, `Mac’ staged the best vase for the National Sweet Pea Society Bronze Medal. Show Secretary, David Donovan, garnered most points for the Bill Payne Memorial Trophy in the cactus classes while the judge selected an exhibit by Katharine Horwood as the best flower arrangement for the Phillips Trophy. Lastly, eight-year-old Cerys Hier was easily most successful of the child exhibitors for the Junior Flower Cup.
Jenny Pay, Stan Crouch, Mike Millis, `Mac’ MacCulloch, Andy Mitchell, Anne Hollis, Jeffrey Haine, Ted Love, Den Jordan, David Donovan, Malcolm Paradine, Irene Jordan, Mary Carmel Pardi, Elaine Cordingley, Eva Pendreich, Roy Phillips, Diane Booker, Barbara Coomber, Katharine Horwood, Annabelle Heath, Alan Thew, Ted Coomber, Cerys Hier

Spring Show 18.3.17

We began the new season of friendly competition with an excellent Spring Show. Entries were up on the previous year, as was the number of participants, including a two-year old child! First impressions upon entering the hall were brathtaking: a fine show of daffodils complemented by a pronounced perfume, plus other cut flowers and a great variety of potted plants and vegetables. The cookery classes were well supported, with the male competitors having considerable success against the ladies. The handicraft and floral artclasses drew a small number of entries, but photography was better supported and had a lot of public attention. The schedule finished with the children’s exhibits, with five young people involved in staging in this category.

The public viewing in the afternoon attracted over 100 visitors, who undoubtedly enjoyed the event as a visual spectacle before going on to attend the side-stalls with their offerings of garden plants; breads, cakes and confectionary; and crafts and jewelry, a bottle tombola and the raffle. The Society added one or two more members to its numbers during the day. At the end of the event, Vice-President Stella Whitelock, presented the awards offering the Harry March Cup for most points in the horticultural classes and the Pratt Trophy, for prizes in the Cookery Section, to Show Secretary, David Donovan. The Junior Spring Cup, for the younger element of show persons, went to eight-year-old Cerys Hier with her three first prizes.

FIRST PRIZE WINNERS: David Donovan, `Mac’ MacCulloch, Pam Collie, Eva Pendreich, Terry Booker, Mary Carmel Pardi, Roy Phillips, Irene Jordan, Anne Hollis, Elaine Cordingley, Graham Coomber, Diane Booker, Malcolm Paradine, Sheila French, Heather Booth, Derek Dukes, Ian Watts, John Knight, Ted Coomber, Jacob Chapillion Gold, Cerys Hier.

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