gardening year draws to a close – that’s what the Autumn
Show feels like – but going out with a bang. After the uncertain
weather this year there might have been some who wondered whether we
would have a show at all – but there were plenty of high quality
exhibits, if not quite as many as usual.
The Autumn Show is the time for traditional ‘village show’
classes – heaviest pumpkin, longest runner bean etc. Last year’s
winners – Ian Cooper with the heaviest pumpkin and teenager Ben
Smith with the heaviest marrow – triumphed again. Ian also won
the LHS runner bean race but Neal McNamara had the longest runner bean.
Fruit and vegetables were not as prolific as usual but Ian Cooper and
Tim Richardson had prize-winning collections. Jason Lainchbury’s
incredibly long parsnips caused a lot of comment as did Chris Gurr’s
prizewinning dark-green squash – an Italian heirloom variety called
Marina di Choggia. Richard Hilson received best in show for fruit –
some perfect raspberries – and vegetables – tomatoes Apero.
There were not as many apples as usual this year – this is apparently
a national situation following the wet weather – but Jim Stockwell’s
exhibits contributed to his winning the Huddart cup for most points
in a number of fruit and vegetable classes.
Dahlias are always the stars of the Autumn Show and this year was no
exception. Richard Hilson’s blooms were superb with a range of
colours and shapes for which he was awarded the Dahlia Members cup.
Martin Higgins’ pot of grasses won best in show in the pot plant
classes and Sally Mcbirney’s Streptocarpus Nia, full of pale pink
blooms, won the Harry Tester cup.
Cookery entries looked delicious as usual – Tracy Adams’
cheese scones won in their class but Margaret Carter’s ‘Cake
incorporating a vegetable’ won best in show – a striking
carrot cake festooned with tiny carrots on the icing. Sue Stockwell’s
gorgeous painted blue pot was best in show in the handicraft section.
Best in show in the flower arranging was a stunning exhibit by Julie
Hewitt in the class to celebrate Olympic Champions – in red, white
and blue incorporating two oars in recognition of Helen Glover’s
and Heather Stanning’s achievements. Giant orange dahlias in the
arrangement won Gill Jones first prize in the Harvest Festival class.
In the children’s classes there was the usual variety of exhibits
– Liam Jolly’s biggest sunflower head, a range of Christmas
menus and, still on a Christmas theme, the chocolate Christmas logs
looked delicious, with Emily Sutlow and Ruby Anscombe taking the firsts!
Nick Watson won the new LHS Junior cup, following in the footsteps of
brother Matt at the Summer Show.
Our visitors seemed to spend a lot of time admiring individual entries
so – a successful show! Thanks to all the entrants and helpers
– and to our wonderful team of cake-makers (much appreciated by
the visitors). A full list of prizewinners is below, which also includes
the annual awards for most points over the 3 Shows.