Summer reports

Saturday 11th  July 2015
The hot, dry weather of the weeks leading up to reduced the number of entries in the flower classes and this was exacerbated by the unavoidable absence of several regular exhibitors. So, although there were plenty of exhibits in vegetable, fruit and cookery classes overall numbers were down, although the quality was quite high. As ever, the committee are grateful to all who entered exhibits and thereby made a worthwhile display for our visitors to look at during the afternoon.
Chris Kemp dominated the flower classes with his roses and was a worthy winner of the RNRS Bronze Medal for best bloom (Sweetheart), the Mander Cup for best bowl of roses and the cup for most points in the division. Similarly Margaret Wesley thoroughly deserved the Certificate for best vegetable exhibit for her excellent cucumbers and the Grand Fleet Cup for her collection of fruit.
Catherine Harer won the awards in Floral Art with some pleasing arrangements.
All who regularly enter our shows would be delighted to welcome new exhibitors who would increase the competition in many of the classes. Even if you only have a hanging basket or a houseplant there will be a class that you can enter so why not have a go. Please remember that you do not have to be member of the Society to put something on the show bench. Non members cannot win a trophy but they can win classes and will be awarded the relevant prize money if they are successful. Although membership is only £2.50 per household per year and is open to anyone who lives within 3 miles of Chorleywood station.
Once again the committee thank all who exhibited at the show and we look forward to seeing everyone again on 19th September.
Awards
 Silver Bowl Chris Kemp
Marchmount Bowl Margaret Wesley
Pat Ashley Bowl Catherine Harer
Grand Fleet Cup Margaret Wesley
Jim Turnbull Cup Not awarded
Bennett Cup Catherine Harer
Mander Cup Chris Kemp
Silver Cup (Div D) Greg Hill
Selbie Cup Not awarded
Banksian Medal Chris Kemp
Bronze Medal Chris Kemp

Saturday 5th July  2014
The weather in the weeks leading up to the Summer Show this year was warm and sunny so the quality of flowers and vegetables was high. There were however fewer rose exhibits than in the recent past due to the ill-health of several regular exhibitors and the fact that roses had bloomed very early and the first flush of flowers was over in most gardens. Newcomer Rod Pengelly had some magnificent, large, clean blooms in the hybrid tea classes and was the worthy winner of the rose awards.
Competition in the vegetable and fruit classes was close but Margaret Wesley achieved a few points more than anyone else and also won the Best Exhibit certificate with her excellent cucumbers. Chris Kemp’s huge ‘Queen of Trumps’ gooseberries were awarded the Grand Fleet Cup for best fruit exhibit.
Several members’ grandchildren enjoyed competing in the children’s classes and eating their prizes! Members are reminded that their grandchildren are eligible to take part in all our shows no matter where they live, providing they are under 16 years of age.
Once again the committee thank all who exhibited at the show and we look forward to seeing everyone again on 13th September.
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 Chris Kemp
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 Rod Pengelly
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 Margaret Wesley
Royal National Rose Society Bronze Medal for premier rose bloom in show Rod Pengelly
Newcomer’s Award not awarded
Worshipful Company of Gardeners Certificate for best exhibit in flower classes Rod Pengelly
Worshipful Company of Gardeners Certificate for best exhibit in vegetable classes Margaret Wesley
Worshipful Company of Gardeners Certificate for best exhibit in floral art (as awarded by judge) Catherine Harer