Prizewinners at Uckfield and District Horticultural Society Summer Show 2010, held at The Weald Hall, Uckfield Civic Centre, on Saturday, are listed below.
This was yet again a difficult growing year with a cold winter, the long period of dry weather, followed by the welcome rain which we have had recently.
Unfortunately, rain just before a show is not ideal, spoiling the flowers in particular.
Even so, entries were well up on last year, with more exhibits in all sections but especially in the flower and vegetable sections.
The very large flowered dahlias made an eye-catching display at the end of the Weald Hall. But the lack of rain meant that there were very few entries in the chrysanthemum and gladioli classes. The perfume of the sweet peas and roses added to the atmosphere.
Vegetable exhibits were up, with entries in almost all classes, including the multiple vegetable classes of trugs and salad collections.
There were very large marrows, enormous onions, long beans and distorted vegetables, as well as the more exotic squash and new varieties of courgette.
The judges once more commented on the high standard of flowers and produce, remarking that “gardeners always seem to win through despite the vagaries of the weather”.
There were more entries in the domestic section and the judge said how difficult it was to choose the prize-winners, particularly in the craft section due to the high standard of exhibits.
There was some outstanding wood-turning in the form of four goblets. The entries for the Decorative Section almost doubled with superb flower arrangements. Cookery and the photography entries were also slightly up.
Despite the dull rainy day there was a steady stream of visitors to the Show.
Mr George Dade, society vice-president, presented the prizes. He thanked everyone for exhibiting, and the committee and members for all the hard work they had put in to make the show such a success.
Uckfield Town Council gave prizes for the Best Kept Allotments and the winners of each of the five allotment areas in Uckfield, received a small shield and a certificate.
The overall winner also has their name engraved on a large shield which they keep for a year, together with a certificate and crystal vase.
The prizes were presented by Cllr John Carvey, Mayor of Uckfield.
2010 SUMMER SHOW TROPHY WINNERS BANKSIAN MEDAL, for the highest total prize money won in Sections 1 and 2 combined – Carol Hodge; DENNY PERPETUAL TROPHY for the highest total points in show, Joan Turner; FRANK BROWN MEMORIAL CUP for Winner of Trug Class 1, Carol Hodge; SHIELD for winner of the salad collection class, Betty Prowse; VEGETABLE CUP for the Winner of a Plate of Kitchen Vegetables, Betty Prowse; CUP for winner for a Plate of 5 Tomatoes and a Vase of Flowers, Betty Prowse.
BUXTED PARK TROPHY for Best Vegetable Exhibit, John Small; LADY SHAWCROSS TROPHY for highest total points in Section, Fred Hill.
MARTINLAND ROSE BOWL for highest total points for Rose Classes, Charles Weller; DAHLIA CUP for Winner of Championship Class, Fred Hill; COL CLARKE CUP for the highest total points for Dahlia classes, Fred Hill; SPENCER SHIELD for highest total points for Chrysanthemum classes, Bruce Button; GLADIOLUS SHIELD for highest points in Gladioli Classes, Charles Weller; ‘NOBBY’ SWEET PEA TROPHY for Winner of Sweet Pea Class, Stuart Jones.
UCKFIELD HOUSE BOWL for highest total number of points in Section 3 Decorative, Pam Ambrose; HENRY PARKER TROPHY for highest points in the Photography Section, Carol Hodge; DOMESTIC TROPHY for the highest total of points in Domestic Section (Cookery), Joan Turner; BRANDON TROPHY for highest total points Domestic Section (Handicrafts), Anna Elliot; CHILDRENS’ CUPS for the highest total points in Age Groups: Age Group A Daniel Bradford; Age Group B Madeleine Lewis.
Uckfield Town Council – Best Kept Allotments Competition Results OVERALL BEST KEPT ALLOTMENT Ridgewood – Mr M J and Mrs P McLoughlin.
Other winners: West Park – Mr S Jones; Bell Lane – Mr L Davis; Bird in Eye – Mr W Ledward; Framfield Road – Mr I Wickens.
Next Monthly Meeting of the horticultural society is on September 13 at 7.30pm at The Ashdown Room, Uckfield Civic Centre will be a Talk and Slide Show by Michael Trott – Show Chrysanthemums. All Welcome. Visitors £1. Members £6 per annum. Anyone wishing for more information tel: 764287.