Flower and Produce Show

Flower and Produce Show - An Introduction

The annual Flower and Produce Show encourages people of all ages to grow and display fruits, vegetables and flowers and to demonstrate their skill in making preserves or baking bread and cakes.

It culminates in the annual show in the Reading Room, which is always well attended and raises money for local charities.

The show itself usually takes place on the Saturday of the August bank holiday weekend. To take account of the season, judging of the garden classes takes place in June and of hanging baskets in July.

While we take pride in our show, competition is friendly and the rules are kept simple to encourage as many people as possible to take part.

Although the show's format is well tested, the Committee is always interested in ideas to bring new interest and engage more people in supporting the show. If you have any ideas or suggestions, particularly to involve children, please contact Phillip Ward.

2018 Flower and Produce Show

2018 Flower And Produce Show Beats The Drought - posted 28 August 2018

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While some villages had to cancel their flower shows, Helmdon made an extra effort and managed to put on a show almost as large as last year's record breaker. With more than 250 entries in total, including 215 on display in the Reading Room on Bank Holiday Saturday, the show was a success and much enjoyed by all who came along.

As usual the competition was stiff but Michael Ayres came away as the standout contestant taking the Reardon Cup for the best garden displays, the Potter Vase for success in the Flower classes. He also won the Duncombe Cup for his entries in the fruit classes, where he was run a close second by his sister, Doreen England.

New comer, David White, took the honours and the Lidgely Cup for the best performance in the drought affected vegetable classes, while Judith Elkington was the outright winner this year of the Rose Bowl for success in the produce classes. Julie Evans took the Bloomer Cup for the best individual entry in the Flower category. Michael Ayres success in the other classes won him the Jack Ayres Shield for best overall performance.

Apart from the enjoyment it gives, the show has an important role in raising money for charity. Thanks to generous sponsorship from Material Change, and many individual entrants, more than £350 was raised. The proceeds of the raffle this year will go to Prostate Cancer UK in memory of Rex Jessett who died this year, but who had been a staunch supporter of the show for many years. The balance will be shared between St Katherine's Hospice and Dogs for Good.

Although the show's format is well tested, the Committee is always interested in ideas to bring new interest and engage more people in supporting the show. If you have any ideas or suggestions, particularly to involve children, please email phillipdward@icloud.com

Finally thanks are due to everyone who contributed so much once again: the Committee of Peter Payne, Alex Corrin, Julie Evans, Cliff Netten, Steve Wheeler, Julia McAuliffe and Pip Ward; the volunteers who served tea on the day: Julie Evans, Pauline Payne, Mary Nash and Judy Cairns; and to Ann Smith and Audrey Forgham who ran the raffle. If you would like to join the Committee or help out next year please get in touch.

Phillip Ward

Updated Show Rules To Reflect Recent Weather - 3 August 2018

It's just 3 weeks to the Flower and Produce Show. We have some really good causes to support so please try to make as many entries as you can. We know there has been a drought so we have adjusted the rules in the vegetable and fruit categories to encourage you not to give up. For entries that require 3 samples, we will accept 2 and for entries that require more than 3 samples we will accept two less than the stipulated number eg 4 instead of 6. Entries by 22 August please. You can email me and pay on the day or see me at the village cafe on 21 August.

Hanging Basket Judging - 16 July 2018

I know it hasn't rained for months, but hopefully you have managed to keep your hanging baskets and patio containers watered. If they are looking good in the sunshine there is still time to enter them in the Flower and Produce Show. email me at ward@btinternet.com by Wednesday evening. Judging will be on Thursday evening.

Phillip Ward

The 2018 Flower and Produce Show

Hopefully the warm weather and recent rain means that gardens and crops are catching up from a slow start this year and will be encouraging people to think about their entries for the show. Schedules have now been distributed to all houses in the village and surrounding areas.

Key dates for your diary:

• The show will take place on the Bank Holiday Saturday 25 August.
• Entries for classes 1 to 6 ( the garden classes) should be made by Wednesday 20 June.
• Judging for classes 1 to 4 will take place on 23 June.
• Judging for classes 5 and 6 (Hanging Baskets, wall troughs and patio displays) will take place on 19 July.
• Entries for all other classes should be made by 22 August.

Details of how to enter are in the show schedules.
Last year we had a big increase in entries, it would be great to beat that this year!