Spring reports

Saturday April 1st 2017

The 2017 Spring Show was the best for years with over 90 daffodil exhibits and lots of other flower entries to produce a huge and colourful display in the Memorial Hall. The date of the Spring Show cannot be fixed because of the need to avoid the Easter weekend. It also needs to arranged over 12 months ahead when we have no idea whether spring will be early or late. Often the timing proves to be wrong but this year it was spot on!  Spring flowers and shrubs were at their best so there was healthy competition in all flower classes. Dennis Layzell just managed to beat Chris Kemp for most points in the division mainly thanks to his excellent daffodil exhibits and Margaret Wesley’s exquisite ‘snowflakes’ were worthy winners of ‘best exhibit’.

Floral Art was not particularly well supported but Sandra Kemp won the Chorleywood Bookshop Award (a generous book token donated by our  local bookshop)  for her interpretation of the book title The Moonlit Garden’  and Catherine Harer won ‘best exhibit’ for her entry in the same class.

Greg Hill, once again, fought off some strong opposition in the well-supported Household Division to win the trophy for most points. There were also some fine examples of sewing, knitting, embroidery and wood-working in the Crafts Section.

All in all a very fine show and the committee extend their thanks to everyone who made the effort to enter the classes and provided so much for our visitors to see and admire

Awards

Reed Cup for greatest number of points in Division A (Flowers) Dennis Layzell
Blake-Smith Cup for greatest number of points in Division C (Floral Art) Catherine Harer
Blake-Smith Cup for greatest number of points in Division D (Household)  Greg Hill
Willox Cup for greatest number of points in Division D (Children’s classes) not awarded
Chorleywood Bookshop Award for floral interpretation of a book title  Sandra Kemp
Silver Vase for best arrangement of flowers for table decoration  Catherine Harer
Blake-Smith Cup for greatest number of points in the needlework classes not awarded
Worship Company of Gardeners Certificate for best exhibit in Division A (Flowers) Margaret Wesley
Ditto in Division B   (Vegetables) Margaret Wesley
Ditto in Division C (Floral Art)  Catherine Harer


Saturday 9th April  2016
This proved to be one of the best and most colourful shows in recent years despite the absence of several regular exhibitors.
Competition in the flower classes was very close but Dennis Layzell just managed to accumulate sufficient points to win the trophy and new exhibitor, Natalie Edis, won the best exhibit certificate for a magnificent orchid. It was good to see some new exhibitors at the show and the Newcomers’ Award (a garden token) was presented to Les and Josie Daker.
There were far less entries in the vegetable classes but Margaret Wesley’s onions, stored from last year, well deserved the certificate for best exhibit in that section of the show. The Floral Art section saw Sandra Kemp winning the Chorleywood Bookshop Award for her interpretation of the book title ‘The Rose and the Ring’ and Christopher Kemp’s smart, modern interpretation of ‘Tall and Short’ won the best exhibit award.
The household classes were again well supported and Judy Cansdale narrowly beat the opposition to win the trophy. Cookery was also represented in the Junior Section and Tom and james Rayfield were worthy winners of their1st prizes with their fancy cakes and biscuits. This excellent show was completed by some first class entries of sewing and embroidery which proved hard for the judge to separate into first, second and third.
Thank you to all who entered and to those who came along in the afternoon to look at the exhibits.
Awards
Reed Cup for greatest number of points in Division A (Flowers) Dennis Layzell
Blake-Smith Cup for greatest number of points in Division C (Floral Art) Catherine Harer
Blake-Smith Cup for greatest number of points in Division D (Household) Judy Cansdale
Willox Cup for greatest number of points in Division D (Children’s classes) not awarded
Chorleywood Bookshop Award for floral interpretation of a book title Sandra Kemp
Silver Vase for best arrangement of flowers for table decoration not awarded
Blake-Smith Cup for greatest number of points in the needlework classes not awarded
Worship Company of Gardeners Certificate for best exhibit in Division A (Flowers) Natalie Edis
Worship Company of Gardeners Certificate in Division B (Vegetables) Margaret Wesley
Worship Company of Gardeners Certificate in Division C (Floral Art) Christopher Kemp

Saturday 6th April 2015

This was another cheerful Spring Show with a good range of high quality daffodil exhibits along with those of other spring flowers. Chris Kemp just managed to retain the trophy for most points in the flower division but it was a close run thing! In the vegetable classes Margaret Wesley’s potatoes (stored from 2014) were the deserved winner of the best vegetable certificate. There were fewer floral art entries than usual however Catherine Harer won the Chorleywood Bookshop Award with her lovely interpretation of ‘Moonfleet’.
For the first time there was a special class for pot grown daffodils from the 5th Chorleywood Brownie Unit. The bulbs had been provided by Derek Hillier and he had supervised the planting of the bulbs before Christmas last year. The Brownies had looked after the potted bulbs at home and 9 had entered the show. There were some really excellent flowers which proved difficult to judge. However the final results were as follows:
1st Maisie Lowes
2nd Charlotte Barnett
3rd Rea Parmar
This class will be on the 2016 Schedule as is open to members of any Chorleywood Youth organisation. Advice on planting and care of the potted bulbs is available if required. Please contact the secretary via the link on the website ( cwhortsoc.org.uk) if you are interested in entering.
Awards
Silver Bowl for greatest number of points in Division A – Flowers Chris Kemp
Marchmount Bowl for greatest number of points in Division B – Fruit and Vegetables Margaret Wesley
Pat Ashley Bowl for most points in Division C – Floral Art Catherine Harer
Grand Fleet Cup for best exhibit of fruit Margaret Wesley
Jim Turnbull Cup for best exhibit of vegetables by an exhibitor who has not won a trophy before not awarded
Bennett Cup for the best arranged basket of flowers Catherine Harer
Mander Cup for best bowl of roses Chris Kemp
Silver Cup for the most points in Division D – Household Greg Hill
Selbie Cup for most points in Division E – Children’s section not awarded
Banksian Medal for the largest amount of prize money won in horticultural classes Chris Kemp
Royal National Rose Society Bronze Medal for premier rose bloom in show Chris Kemp
Newcomer’s Award not awarded
Certificate for best exhibit in flower classes Chris Kemp
Certificate for best exhibit in vegetable classes Margaret Wesley
Certificate for best exhibit in floral art (as awarded by judge) Catherine Harer