Congratulations to all concerned for yet again turning the KEH into a colourful venue on the day of the 2017 Spring Show, not only in the Newcombe Hall but also the table displays and plants for sale in the Jubilee Room. The standard of many of the exhibits was so good that the judges appeared to take longer than normal to make their decisions and one judge mentioned that it was so difficult to make a decision as to which was the best of the exhibits concerned. Although I'm no expert, it confirmed my thinking that it was one of the best Spring Shows I've seen. It was good to see an increase in the number of exhibitors. As usual, the tea and cakes were excellent which always gives a boost to the social element of all our Shows. Also, the plants all but sold out.

The Show's success was also down to the volunteers who worked hard to achieve this. On behalf of our committee, I'd like to thank them all, not forgetting our appreciation (and personally, my wonderment at the skills) of the exhibitors. I'd also like to thank all those who paid their £1 entrance money. A good turn out of visitors always adds to the wonderful social event of our Shows.

Below are winners of the various classes and best in show.

Richard Hilson - The Daffodil Society Bronze Medal and Certificate
Richard Hilson - The Fisk Cup
Tim Richardson - The Lea Cup
Tim Richardson - The Jeeves Cup
Carolyn Nurse - The George Murrell Cup
Janis Black - Daffodil Cup
Clair Wilson - The Evelyn Drew Floral Art Cup
Florence Fearn-Hughes - The Keiron James Toys Shield
Lauren Dunlop - The Junior Cup

Full details of the purpose of each trophy can be found in the Show Schedule.





Best in Show:
Tim Richardson - Vegetables
Maureen Manley - Cookery
Andrew Harding - Handicraft
Jenny Jeater - Plant Pot

Trug Class:
1st - Clare Wilson
2nd - Andrew Harding
3rd - Andrea Fall

It was also good to see that the Mid Sussex Times were happy to publish an item about the show including one of Tim Richardson's photographs.

As ever, I'm looking forward to LHS events over the rest of the year, particularly the Gardeners' Forum (which is a new venture for us and, as such will hopefully be well supported). Let's also hope the coming seasons are not too extreme and the weather is kind to us. Possibly, I live on too much hope when tending my garden and allotment.

Chris Gurr