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Nailbourne Horticultural Society – Spring Show 2024

We held our Spring Show on Saturday 6 April in Bridge Village Hall and after a mild but very wet winter, we were all concerned that there would be a lack of exhibits. However, members came up trumps and although the entries in the daffodil classes were greatly reduced, the number of entries in the two tulip classes certainly made up for this. We were also delighted to welcome a good number of visitors who came in to support us and enjoy the Show.

As in previous years our President, John Hill, presented the prizes which this year were won as follows:

  • Barbara Robbins Memorial Cup for most points in the cut flower classes: Linda Ellis
  • Best Pot Plant: Brenda Wood (with a cyclamen covered in beautiful flowers)
  • Best Bloom in Show: Joan Hill, with a stunning tulip
  • Whitten Spencer Cup (Chairman’s Challenge pot of Minnow narcissus): John Hill
  • Hill Trophy for “Best Photograph in Show”: Peter Fairweather.

The three Open Classes were won by Raj Dasan (chitted potatoes), Rajini Dasan (flower arrangement entitled “Awakening”) and Peter Fairweather for his photograph entitled “Nailbourne 2024”. Sadly the class for pre-school children attracted no entries.

Peter and Jan Aplin were our judges other than for the photography class which John Newell kindly judged.

The staging of the Show is very much a team event and thanks go to the members of the Committee as well as the volunteers who helped on the day, to those who entered, without whom there would be no show, and finally to those who came to support us.

Nailbourne Horticultural Society – Summer Show 2023 Report

The Nailbourne Horticultural Society held its Summer Show on Saturday 22 July in Bridge Village Hall and despite, as always, the vagaries of the weather, it attracted an impressive 31 exhibitors and 173 exhibits, up on last year in, and boosted by the large number of entries for the Chairman’s Challenge, 25 pots of trailing Fuchsia in different shapes and sizes! The many visitors to the hall certainly had an impressive array of colourful flowers to greet them as they came in.

The prizes were presented by John Hill, President of the Society, with Peter and Linda Ellis taking part again this year after a year’s absence and winning the majority of the trophies. Peter won the Champion Cottage Gardeners Cup for most points in the vegetable classes, the Tankard for his collection of three vegetables, as well as the Blee Cup for most points in show. He and Linda were awarded the Household Duo cup for most points as a couple whilst Linda herself won the Silver Rose Trophy for most points in the flower classes. The Sarah Louise Prestige Cup for most points in the floral art classes was shared between Julia Cooper and Rajini Dasan and the latter also was awarded the Handicraft Plate. The Fremlins Challenge Cup for most points in the cookery classes also had joint winners in Raj Dasan and Jill Gillanders. Margaret Falconer fought off keen competition to win the Whitten Spencer Cup for her splendid Fuchsia in the Chairman’s Challenge and the trophy for Best Photograph in Show was awarded to Jackie Thackray. The three garden classes were judged a little earlier this year in June. Both the Pewter Tankard for the Best Kept Vegetable Garden and the Silver Rose Bowl for the Most Picturesque Garden were presented to Linda and Peter Ellis and the Plate for the Prettiest Small Garden was won by Ann Poole, all worthy winners of these trophies.

Our judges for the majority of the classes this year were Peter and Jan Aplin. Thanks must also go to John Newell who judged the photography classes and to the team of Pam Dobson, Sue Walton and Helen Groves who gave up their time to judge the garden classes.

This report is never complete without showing appreciation and giving thanks to everyone who contributed to making the show a success in so many different ways: to the committee and their other halves who got roped in, to all those who entered and to our visitors and supporters on the day.

Nailbourne Horticultural Society – Spring Show 2023

The Society held its Annual Spring Show on Saturday 1st April, with many visitors coming in to enjoy the fragrant display of spring flowers which brightened the hall. It was encouraging to see an increase in the number of exhibits, particularly in the cut flower classes, although it was disappointing that many of the narcissus bulbs for the Chairman’s Challenge had failed to come through.

President of the Society, John Hill, presented Linda and Peter Ellis with the Barbara Robbins Memorial Cup for most points in the cut flower classes, as well as the cups for Best Pot Plant and Best Bloom. Brenda Wood won the Whitten Spencer Cup for her pot of Narcissus Canaliculatus, one of few successful ones to bloom, whilst Rajini Dasan was successful in winning all three open classes and the trophy for “Best Photograph in Show”.

Judges were Peter Aplin and John Newell (photography and cookery).

Thank you to everyone who entered exhibits, to those who helped with the organisation on the day and to all who came to enjoy and support the event.

Nailbourne Horticultural Society – Summer Show 2022 Report

We were delighted to be back in Bridge Village Hall for our Summer Show on Saturday 23 July and despite everything that this year has thrown at us, we could not have been more pleased with the number of exhibitors (24 in total) and 143 entries. The flower and floral art entries were particularly impressive and made a fine display for visitors to enjoy.

President of the Society, John Hill, presented the prizes which this year were shared amongst a number of members. Trevor Wood received the Champion Cottage Gardeners Cup for most points in the vegetable classes as well as the Tankard for his collection of three vegetables, whilst Caroline Hollands won the Silver Rose Trophy for most points in the flower classes. Rajini Dasan was awarded the Sarah Louise Prestige Cup for most points in the floral art classes and the Fremlins Challenge Cup for most points in the cookery classes. Tony Walder was presented with the Blee Cup for most points overall in the Show as well as the renamed Household Duo trophy with his wife Kathy for most points as a couple. Peter Fairweather won the Whitten Spencer Cup for his chilli entry in the Chairman’s Challenge, as well as the trophy for Best Photograph in Show. In the garden classes judged earlier in the month, the Pewter Tankard for the Best Kept Vegetable Garden was awarded to Tony Walder, the Silver Rose Bowl for the Most Picturesque Garden to Jane Millyard, whilst the Prettiest Small Garden class was won by Caroline Hollands. The winners of the Open Class Wildlife Garden were Lesley and David Sinnock.

Janine Doulton, who judged the Show, was impressed with its standard and variety as a local show and praised the overall layout. She particularly admired Pleasance Kirk’s outstanding “Sea Spray” arrangement in the floral art class. We are grateful, too, to John Newell for judging the photography classes and to Pam Dobson and Helen Groves for giving up an afternoon to judge the four garden classes.

Finally, a big thank you to all members of the committee without whose help we would not be able to stage such an event, to all those who entered and to everyone who came along to support us on the day.