WHAT A WHOPPER !!
Saturday was the largest Autumn Show I have managed for the society and bigger than three of my Summer Shows. 148 members attended and 60 non-members, so not surprising that Val sold out of cake! 2019 was clearly a bumper year; the 63 exhibitors submitted 355 entries, including 120 in flower classes, over 100 vegetables and more than 50 in domestic classes..
The William Lockyer Trophy was won by Anne Fixter along with the A E Howard Cup and National Dahlia Society Silver Medal for Best in Show, a clean sweep. Maureen Weston did the same in the Chrysanthemum classes winning the Leslie Richbell Memorial Bowl and the Bronze Medal from the National Chrysanthemum Society. Richard Caplin won the Victor Perry Cup with the top points across Vegetables, Fruit and Flowers and the SC Walker JP Bowl for his points total across the Flower classes.
Walter Tassera arrived with a couple of triffids and duly walked off with the Robert Hall Cup for the most points in Pot Plants, while Gillian Gandolfo won the SHS Cake Stand in Domestic classes. Congratulations to Corey Russell on winning the Elizabeth Killick Autumn Cup for the best Young Persons exhibit in Domestic Classes.
Joyce Dodd added the National Rose Society medal for Best in Show to her Summer one with a stunning Peace Rose, and Best in Show in the fruit with her dessert apples.
Three cups for the combined points totals across Summer and Autumn Shows were retained. Dennis Everatt the SHS Challenge Cup for Veg, Fruit and Flowers, Paul Mayhew the Wettern Challenge Bowl for Veg and Madeleine Little the H H Hicks Cup for Fruit. Richard Caplin won the SHS 50th Anniversary Cup for Flowers and Michele Bertone-Walker the 75th Anniversary Bowl for Domestic.
The best bit of the whole show for me though was the performances of Elsa and Lotti Balzer. They deserved my award of The Ken Jackson Bowl for endeavour by entering 12 and 8 classes respectively, including adult ones, and collecting a fistful of rosettes each. Elsa won the Junior Show Challenge, the Hobbycraft Voucher for the top total points in Crafts across both Shows and shared the Photography cash prize for points across the Shows with Colin Jones. By the way their mum, Kate, entered 21 classes and dad Nic auctioned all the produce and flowers raising over £70. Brilliant!!
Thank you to the committee members and volunteers who helped set up, run and clear up after the Shows for me over the last five years. It only works with your help.
So now it 's time to plant your daffs and tulips for the Spring Show on 28th March 2020. For mo e details contact our Chair Julie Caplin at email@example.com or on 0208 763 1847.
Gordon Walker, Show Secretary firstname.lastname@example.org 0208 657 3156