Flower and Produce Show

Save the Date: 2019 Show will be on 24 August

Details of the 2019 Show are dropping through letter boxes in Helmdon now. The 10th annual show will take place in the Reading Room as usual on the Bank Holiday Saturday, sponsored again by Material Change Ltd who run the Blackpits composting centre.

This year the show will raise money for Bloodwise, the Leukaemia and Lymphoma charity, in memory of Peter Payne and also Dogs for Good.

Entries for the Garden Categories should be made by 18 June and all other classes by 21 August.

Judging for the garden categories will be by David Wilcox from Greatfield Plants and will take place on the evening of 24 June. Hanging Baskets and Patio displays will be judged separately at a date to be confirmed at the end of July.

A copy of the show schedule can be found by following the link.

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