Uckfield garden show entries down – poor summer blamed

Uckfield and District Horticultural Society Summer Show was held at the Weald Hall, Uckfield Civic Centre, on Saturday; the hottest day to date, this year.

This growing year was very unusual. A cold winter, very warm and dry spring followed by rain and more rain.

The dry spring meant that it was difficult for seeds to germinate plus the hosepipe ban made life more arduous for gardeners.

When the rain arrived, it didn’t stop, making getting on to the soil problematic.

This all resulted in the number of exhibits for the summer show to be down by a third on last year – just over 200 exhibits as opposed to last year’s 300.

It was the potato, bean, tomato and chrysanthemum classes which had a lot fewer exhibits than usual.

However, some gardeners still produced the most magnificent vegetables and flowers.

There was a wonderful display of dahlias, but no chrysanthemums this year as they have not yet come into flower.

Many more entries of sweet peas than usual made a lovely perfume to the Weald Hall. Sweet peas are often over before the summer show so it is a case of swings and roundabouts.

The flower arranging, cookery and handicraft sections had many entries.

The flower arranging themes based on musical songs produced some stunning exhibits.

The cookery had mouth-watering coffee and walnut biscuits and an unusual recipe for beetroot and chocolate muffins.

The handicrafts ranged from woodwork to knitted and sewn articles.

The photographs were of a particularly high standard this year and one class ‘Uckfield in Bloom’ reminded us how flower filled Uckfield has become.

More children entered this year, making foil sculptures, get well cards, peppermint creams and sample handwriting.

There was a steady flow of visitors throughout the afternoon when the show was open to the public free of charge.

Mr George Dade, president, presented the prizes. He thanked everyone for exhibiting in such a difficult year and praised the committee and members for all the hard work they had put in to make the show such a success. He was pleased to see so many visitors.

*Next monthly meeting on Monday, September 10, at 7.30pm at The Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre will be a talk and slide show by Ian Currie entitled Gales, Greenhouses and Global Warming. All welcome. Visitors £3. Members £10 per annum. Anyone wishing for more information tele: 764287 2012

SUMMER SHOW TROPHY WINNERS

BANKSIAN MEDAL, for the highest total prize money won in sections 1 and 2 combined, Philip Manning; DENNY PERPETUAL TROPHY for the highest total points in show, Joan Turner, 172 points; FRANK BROWN MEMORIAL CUP for winner of class 1- Trug, Philip Manning; SHIELD for winner of class 2 (salad collection), Philip Manning.

VEGETABLE CUP for the winner of class 3 (plate of kitchen vegetables),Philip Manning; BUXTED PARK TROPHY for best vegetable exhibit, section 1, classes 5 –33, class 8- 6 potatoes, 3 varieties, Charles Weller; MAJOR GREEN CUP for highest points for fruit in section 1, 5 points, Betty Prowse, 5 points, Philip Manning.

LADY SHAWCROSS TROPHY for highest total points in sction 2, Joan Turner, 84 points; BIKINI VASE for best vase (not single blooms) section 2, class 61, Fred Hill; MARTINLAND ROSE BOWL for highest total points for rose classes, Joan Turner, 8 points; COL. CLARKE CUP for the highest total points for dahlia classes, Fred Hill, 49 points; GLADIOLUS SHIELD for highest points in gladioli classes, Betty Prowse, 10 points; ‘NOBBY’ SWEET PEA TROPHY for winner of sweet pea class 77, Joan Turner.

UCKFIELD HOUSE BOWL for highest total number of points in section 3, decorative, 19 points, Pam Ambrose; HENRY PARKER TROPHY for highest points in the photography section, 14 points, Sarah Moxon Hill. DOMESTIC TROPHY for the highest total of points in domestic section (cookery), 20 points, Shirley Bradford, BRANDON TROPHY for highest total points domestic section (handicrafts), 15 points, Joan Turner; FRANK BROWN CHILDRENS’ CUPS for the highest total points in whichever age group (A,B or C) has the most entrants, Madeline Lewis/ Connie Wallis; CHILDREN’S CUPS – for the highest total points in age groups, Group A: Freddie Wallis; Group B: Madeline Lewis/Connie Wallis; DOREN DITCH CUP FOR HANDWRITING, Madeleine Lewis.

Thanks to Ron Hill for the picture of horticultural society members, from the left, Anna Sherwood, Frances Brown, Dorothy Sparks and Carol Hodge.

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