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Setting up (photo - John Rieley)

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The L.H.S. stages three flower & vegetable shows
a year at the King Edward Hall, in the Spring, Summer and Autumn. There are many different classes for each show which include showing flowers, vegetables & other plants of the relevant season, flower arranging, cookery, wine & beer making, handicrafts, photography & children-only classes too. Most classes have 3 monetary prizes on offer (first, second, third) & there are also many cups & trophies awarded for certain classes & achievements. There is an
atmosphere of friendly competition (& rivalry!) on show day & newcomers are always welcomed & encouraged to have a go. You'll be suprised at what you may achieve & how addictive entering can become!

Taking Part
To participate, you need to decide by the Thursday before the show (at the latest) which classes you will enter. You then need to submit your entry forms or email them etc. according to the Show Timetable in the show rules (click this link). On show day you need to prepare & pack your entries carefully & take them along to the hall between 8:00am & 10:30 am (you can also do this the Friday before the show between 7:00pm & 9:00pm). Once in the hall, you need to collect your show entry cards which are laid out on a table, then stage your exhibits in the relevant place with your entry card face down. Plates & vases are available though for some classes such as flower arranging, collections of vegetables etc. you may want/need to provide your own 'props'. The Show Secretary & other committee members are at hand if you need any extra advice. At 2:00pm the doors open to the public and you get to look round the show & see how well you've done. Cups & awards are then given out after 5:00pm. Good luck!

There are open & member classes in the shows & it is important to read the schedule carefully & follow the rules as laid out by the Society (in guidance with the RHS) so as not to make a mistake & risk wasting your valuable time & effort. These can be found in your LHS handbook of schedules and here.

In the horticultural sections there are three classes:
o Championship, which are open to both members and non members
o Members’, which are only open to members
o Novices, which are only open to members not having previously won a first prize for the relevant flower / plant / vegetable / fruit

Behind the scenes
Setting up three shows a year takes a lot of time & hard work by the committee members & other helpers. First the show classes have to be decided upon in advance for each year before the schedules can go into print & be distributed amongst
450 members. Then on show week the entries are collected from the
designated points, are entered into our (new) database & cards are then printed for each class. On the friday the hall is setup for the show; tables are arranged & covered, and areas are allocated & numbered for the expected entries in each class. The plant sale & tea tables are prepared in the Jubilee Room. Also the hall is open from 7:00pm - 9:00pm that night to allow members to stage entries if desired. On the day of the show,
members are allowed in to stage exhibits between 8:00am & 10:30am. Committee members are there for support & guidance. Entry cards are distributed. The caterers prepare teas in the kitchen. Final touches
are made for the plant sale.

Ready to go (photo - John Rieley)


Prize allocation (photo - John Rieley)

Judging (photo - John Rieley)

Judging is undertaken from 10:30am -12:30pm by
judges from outside the society. Following
that, the Show Secretary
& Superintendant go around & allocate prize labels & collate all the prize information for each class. At 2:00pm the doors are opened to the public & exhibitors. Admission fees are taken at the door. As well as tables stacked with flowers & produce, there is the obligatory raffle, and a display on stage with all the cups & trophies to be awarded.

In the Jubilee Room there are delicious teas and cakes (made & donated by members) & the plant sale for seasonal bargains. Sometimes there is also a sale of greetings cards & occasionally there are demonstrations. At 5:00pm the Chairman announces the cup winners, presentations are made, the raffle is drawn, surplus/donated show entries are auctioned off & the day is brought to a close. All that remains to be done is clear up!
Show archive
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2019 Autumn Show

2020 virtual Spring Show

2020 virtual Summer Show

2018 Spring Show

2018 Summer Show

2017 Spring Show

2017 Summer Show

2017 Autumn Show

2016 Spring Show

2016 Summer Show

2016 Autumn Show

2015 Spring Show

2015 Summer Show

2015 Autumn Show

2014 Spring Show

2014 Summer Show

2014 Autumn Show

2013 Spring Show

2013 Summer Show

2012 Spring Show

2012 Summer Show

2012 Autumn Show

2011 Spring Show

2011 Summer Show

2010 Spring Show

2010 Summer Show

2010 Autumn Show

2009 Spring Show

2009 Summer Show

2009 Autumn Show