News from the Autumn Show 2019


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 or on 0208 763 1847.

Gordon Walker, Show Secretary 0208 657 3156

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News from Summer Show 2019

What a fabulous afternoon we had !

My thanks to everyone who helped with the Show set up and strike. The Show wouldn't go on without your help and support.

Over 470 adults attended this year and over half of them non-members with loads of children which shows the value of our Summer Show in the community. It was great that Councillor Yvette Hopley dropped in to say hello. The strong support that our local Councillors give to Society events through the year is really important and shows they recognise our contribution to local life.

There were over 400 cups of tea served and the Band and Uncle Mac performed brilliantly to create the village fete atmosphere that our Summer Show is famous for.

Alongside our stalwarts of Animal Helpline, RSPB, Croydon beekeepers and Derek the "fuchsia-man" we had new stalls from The Cactus Society and Little Angels Crafts did really well as did the wood turner.

My heartfelt thank you to the Committee and the other helpers who worked so hard all day to make sure we had yet another successful Show. We had 310 Exhibits from 62 members, so thank you to our members, for your contribution, support and attendance yet again.

News from Spring Show 2019

The 2019 Spring Show was a great success and a lovely way to start the gardening year. We had 177 entries, which considering the weather we had before the show was more than I had hoped for. Our flower judge commented on how high standard was and was amazed at the number of entries.

We awarded a cup for the first time at this year’s show. The cup was called 'The Councillor’s Cup' and was presented by one of our Sanderstead’s councillors Lynne Hale. It was awarded to Anne Fixter for her stunning display of daffodils.

I look forward to organising the 2020 show Good Gardening



News from the Autumn Show 2018

96 members attended the Show, of whom 54 exhibited. They were joined by 43 non-members and from the comments and atmosphere everyone enjoyed the afternoon. So that makes the work and planning worthwhile. Thank you.

There were 335 exhibits including a number from new exhibitors which is great. Our shows use the judging standards of the national organisations that we are affiliated to such as the RHS, Royal Vegetable Society, and in addition the WI, so any result is very credible.

The special atmosphere of our Shows comes from the members. There is a real passion for what we do in the Society and it is always brilliant to see the generosity of the experienced members who advising new exhibitors during staging.

We think it important that we support other community groups in our area, so we were really pleased to display the Potter Flower Bee model created by the Sanderstead WI in celebration of the Surrey WI centenary.

News from the Summer Show 2018

The Summer Show

The jewel in our crown of our annual events, The Summer Show has been held in the Wettern Tree Garden on Purley Oaks Road for as long as anyone can remember. Conveyed to the Croydon Corporation in 1965 by one of our major benefactors and chairman, Eric Wettern, the Tree Garden provides an ideal environment and layout for this major local community event.

Although only members may exhibit in the competition, the Summer Show successfully attracts almost as many visitors as it does members. Our classes include fruit and vegetables, flowers and pot plants all grown by the exhibitors as well domestic, photography and specific classes for young persons.

With a brass band, tea on the lawns, children’s entertainer, local charity and small commercial stalls our Summer Show provides an atmosphere reminiscent of the best traditions of a country village show with the main marquee containing upward of 350 competition exhibits from our members. The whole event culminates in the presentation of nearly 20 cups, plates and medals to recognise the excellence of the exhibitors of all age groups and capabilities.

Everyone who exhibits in our Shows quickly discovers the camaraderie, mutual support and banter between our exhibitors who are always ready to share tips and ideas on growing and exhibiting their work. We are always pleased to see new entrants of all ages and experience at all our Shows, so we look forward to welcoming you to the Society and our Shows very soon.

News for the Spring Show 2018

2018 was the 3rd year the Society has held a Spring Show. It’s always tricky to find the ‘right’ date for this, especially as the Easter weekend needs to be avoided. This year it was also exceptionally cold – remember ‘the beast from the East,’ which meant that entries were down on the previous year. The plants had decided to go back into hibernation!

The idea behind the Spring Show is to welcome in the gardening year. Classes include narcissi, tulips general Spring flowers. The different classes for the narcissi can seem difficult but there are always knowledgeable people around to guide the confused and bewildered. There are also classes for pot & container grown plants, cacti, succulents as well as sections for younger people, domestic classes, photography and handicrafts. A highlight are the delicious refreshments on offer, along with the plant stall. Something for everyone!