The 2010 Spring Show was judged to be a resounding success by both competitors and visitors. It was a record year, with 412 entries and, probably a record number of visitors too, to judge by the number of teas consumed right up to the end of the show.

Last autumn the Society invited members to purchase Pink Silk daffodil bulbs from a bulk order, with the aim of growing them over the winter and showing the results in a special class at this year’s Spring Show. For those of you who didn’t grow a bulb, the unusual Pink Silk has a trumpet in a subtle shade of pink and white petals – so not the traditional daffodil! Given the weather conditions the number of perfect flowers presented for this class – which was won by Tim Richardson – was impressive. Pink Silk was also shown in a number of other classes.

An enormous number and range of other perfect daffodils filled the hall with colour and scent. Did the poor winter mean that in fact there were more blooms to show this year? How on earth does the judge choose between them? Local daffodil specialist Dave Vivash won a number of Awards including the Daffodil Society Bronze Medal for his ‘Terminator’ bloom. Margaret Carter won the Daffodil cup, having gained most points in the classes for members who had not previously won a first prize for daffodils.

Predictably, there were fewer vegetables than usual after the appalling winter but Brian Fitzgerald produced 2 very healthy leeks to win best exhibit in the vegetable classes, while Tim Richardson even managed to find enough to fill a trug. Gill Jones won the Floral Art cup with several firsts for her flower arrangements. There were some outstanding entries in the annual photographic section and the special ‘Sussex Snow Scenes’ category attracted a variety of entries, with Margaret Nicolle’s chilly country scene taken on the outskirts of the village winning first prize. The cookery classes seem to be attracting more delicious-looking entries but there are still very few for the handicrafts and children’s classes – although what there is entered is of a high standard.

A list of all the cup and award winners is below.



Cups and Awards

Daffodil Society Bronze Medal & Certificate - Dave Vivash
The Fisk Cup - Dave Vivash
The Jeeves Cup - Tim Richardson
The Evelyn Drew Floral Art Cup - Gill Jones
The George Murrell Photographic Cup - Tim Richardson
The Lea Cup - Dave Vivash
The Kieron James Toys Shield (Junior 10 & Under) - Emily Sutlow
The Heart And Soul Shield (Junior 11 –15) - Katherine Cameron
The Daffodil Cup - Margaret Carter
The Dawson Cup - Tom Hughes

Best In Show:
Vegetable - Brian Fitzgerald
Pot Plant - Wendy Dumbleton
Flower - Rolf Lloyd-Williams
Cookery - Flo Whitaker
Handicraft - Clare Imms

Trug Class:
1st - Tim Richardson