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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.

Patrixbourne Road Closure

Patrixbourne Road will be closed from 30th October until next Spring.

This is to carry out repairs to the A2 bridge.

There will be access from Bridge as far as the medical centre.

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Dogs on the Rec

From the Chairman of Bridge PC

The District Council has launched a consultation around some proposals regarding dog protection orders. Their proposal relating to Bridge would remove protection from all of the Recreation Ground except for the fenced off Kiddy Play Area.

The effect of their proposal would thus be to allow dogs onto the rest of that area, where currently there is a football field, and where residents exercise and have parties and celebration events, and suchlike.

This matter was discussed by the Parish Council last October, and the unanimous decision of the Parish Council was that they would support the current position, i.e. that dogs should not be allowed upon the Recreation Ground.

There are many places where one might walk a dog apart from the Recreation Ground.

And so I ask that you give the District this message: retain the current Order for our Recreation Ground. You can do this by completing their survey.

We apologise that the part that refers to Bridge is to be found only on page three, but please, do persevere with their survey and tell them to retain the current protection for our Recreation Ground

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.