Flower and Vegetable Show

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The show takes place annually at the start of September at Holcot Village Hall, Back Lane, Holcot, NN6 9SL.

Non-residents of the parish are very welcome, either as exhibitors or to stock up with 

fresh produce at the auction.

The 2023 annual Flower & Vegetable show took place on Sunday 3rd September in the village hall. Below is the list of winners

There are some recent changes to the classes so please read the schedule carefully.  
Also the judge of Kitchen Creations gave some UPDATED helpful tips and they can be found below. 

Put the date in your diary and happy growing/creating. Please click here for a printable version of the schedule

Kitchen Creation hints and tips:

Pies should have pastry top and bottom.  To achieve crispier pastry, cook the fruit separately first. 

To avoid under-cooked pastry, cook in a metal pie dish (not china), and place that metal pie dish on a hot metal baking tray in the oven.

Pickles & Chutneys should be made well in advance to allow for the flavour to mature – and labelled mild or hot.

All preserves need:

– a good seal (this is achieved either by having a new lid, or using a wax disc and cellophane) 

– a label with contents,  and the full date

Plain jars are recommended rather than fancy-shaped commercial ones.

Bread irrespective of how made, is better made the day before the show.  This results in a better cut.

Cakes should not contain fresh cream or cream cheese due to the heat. 

Biscuits should ‘snap’ when broken. 

To assist judging, please place a note of the recipe next to bread, biscuits & fruit cakes.

Please cover all cakes, biscuits, scones etc with cling film or similar to prevent any flies from touching them.”

To make it easier for EVERYONE to join in the Flower and Vegetable Show, we offer:

(1) Access to the official books which give hints and tips to anyone who’d like to try their hand at exhibiting their produce at such shows.

To see these books please contact Phil Scordellis (07785 347 297, or phil.scordellis@gmail.com);

But also (2), we’ve extracted from these books some of the MAJOR HINTS & TIPS, and attached these to this web-page below.  Please click on these links.

Fruit&VegShow exhibitors’ hints FRUIT,
Fruit&VegShow exhibitors’ hints VEG.
Fruit&VegShow exhibitors’ hints FLOWERS,
Fruit&VegShow exhibitors’ hints MISCELLANEOUS

[Disclaimers: these edited extracts are provided purely to be helpful, and without liability:
a. Don’t forget that the judges are volunteers, and so may use their own, different, criteria to choose the winners
b. The attached files may mention classes of produce which are not included in the Holcot schedule this year – please check the schedule when you’re deciding what to exhibit.
c.The website editor has done his best to ensure that the attached files closely match the original words in the books, but cannot guarantee 100% accuracy!  We acknowledge the copyright of the Royal Horticultural Society and WI on the original text before we edited it.]

Alternatively (3), if you want to buy your own copy of the latest edition of these books:

– The RHS book is called RHS Horticultural Show Handbook;

 – The WI book is called On with the Show, and is available by sending a cheque for £10 payable to the NFWI, to Helen Neal at the NFWI Unit, Denman College, Marcham, Abingdon Oxon OX 13 6NW.


Fruit & Vegetable classes                                                                        Points

                                                1st        Frank Hodgson                                       45

                                                2nd       Maureen Cooke                                     30

                                                3rd        Barbara Yamada                                     18

Flowers                              1st         Heather Wilson                                  23

                                                2nd       Maureen Cooke                                     13

                                                3rd        David & Sheila Ashworth                       9

Children over 7               1st        Violet W                                                 9

                                                2nd       Honour W                                             7

                                                2nd      Florrie M                                               7

Kitchen Creations       1st        Maureen Cooke                              23

                                                2nd       Rosie Walker                                         19

                                                3rd        Heather Wilson                                       6

Alan Hughes Cup – Garden Art              Dave Cooke for his copper rose

Cora Mabbutt Plate -jam/curd/jelly      Maureen Cooke for her marmalade

Tony Moulds Prize – Man made cake    Martin Wilson for his Battenburg cake

Mrs Speakman Trophy – art/craft         Maureen Cooke for her knitted cardigan 

Dave Cooke cup -teenage cake             Charlie for Millionaire’s shortbread

George Page plate for outstanding vegetable exhibit – Barbara Yamada

Walter Spokes plate for outstanding floral exhibit – David Ashworth

Kate Middleton Cup for Best in Show award – Barbara Yamada for basket of 6 different produce

The 2021 show took place on 5 September. The show schedule is here.

 Here are some lovely photos showcasing 2021’s event

Flower and Vegetable Show Winning Results 2021

Fruit & Vegetable1stMaureen Cooke51
2ndFrank Hodgson15
3rdBarbara Yamada14
Flowers1stHeather Wilson22
2ndMaureen Cooke12
3rdLesley Burns3
Children Under 71stViolet W11
3rdWren W1
Children Over 71stOscar C14
2ndHonour W10
Kitchen Creations1stRosie Walker23
2ndMaureen Cooke17
3rd Isabelle Heasman11
Alan Hughes Cup- Garden ArtDave Cooke for his copper rose
Cora Mabbutt Plate- jam/curd/jellyRosie Walker for lemon curd
Tony Moulds Prize- Man-made cakeDave Cooke for marble cake
Mrs Speakman Trophy- art/craftRosie Walker for Easter Tree
Dave Cooke cup- teenage cakeFinlay
George Page plate for outstanding vegetable exhibitMaureen Cooke
Walter Spokes plate for outstanding floral exhibitJean Martin
Kate Middleton Cup for best in show awardRosie Walker for Easter Tree


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