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 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

    The 2019 show took place on Sunday 1 September. The show schedule is here

    FRUIT & VEGETABLE CLASSES1stFrank Hodgson37
     2ndMaureen Cooke26
     3rdPam & Martin Wilson19
    FLOWERS1stMaureen Cooke15
     2ndHeather Wilson11
     3rdJan Henson9
    CHILDREN UNDER 71stHonour Wilson8
     2ndViolet Wilson7
     3rdWren Wilson6
    CHILDREN AGE 7+1stSeren McGuinness14
     2ndOllie McGuinness7
     3rdGeorgie Collins5
    KITCHEN CREATIONS1stMaureen Cooke15
     2ndVictoria Penn-Smith10
     2ndMargaret Marsden10
    Alan Hughes Cup – Garden Art Doreen Kirk 
    The Cora Mabbutt plate – jam Maureen Cooke 
    Tony Moulds prize for Man made cake Dave Cooke 
    Mrs Speakman Trophy – Arts & crafts Rose McMahon 
    Dave Cooke Cup for Teenage made Cake Myles Collins 
    George Page  Plate for best outstanding vegetable exhibit – Frank Hodgson for his cabbage 
    Walter Spokes plate for most outstanding floral exhibit – Jan Henson for her English Country Garden 
    Kate Middleton Cup for Best in Show Award Jan Henson for her English Country Garden 

    The 2018 show took place on Sunday 2 September.

    OPEN1stPam & Martin Wilson17
     2ndMaureen Cooke9
     3rdDavid & Sheila Ashworth5
    FLOWERS1stHeather Wilson11
     2ndDoreen Kirk10
     3rdMaureen Cooke & Jan Henson9
    CHILDREN UNDER 91stSeren McGuinness10
     2ndHonour Wilson7
     3rdViolet Wilson4
    CHILDREN 9-121stOllie McGuinness6
    Winner of the Children’s cup Seren McGuinness 
    MISCELLANEOUS1stMaureen Cooke27
     2ndSheila & David Ashworth7
     3rdEveryone else!9
    HOLCOT RESIDENTS1stMaureen Cooke42
     2ndDavid & Sheila Ashworth22
     3rdBarbara Yamada15
    Alan Hughes Cup Heather Wilson – pottery 
    Tony Moulds prize for Man made cake Dave Cooke 
    Dave Cooke Cup for Teenage made Cake No entries 
    George Page  Plate for best outstanding vegetable exhibit – Maureen Cooke for sweetcorn 
    Walter Spokes plate for most outstanding floral exhibit – Jan Henson 
    Kate Middleton Cup for Best in Show Award Jan Henson for “Bridge over troubled water”
    Flag competition winner Martin Wilson 

    The 2018 SCHEDULE OF CLASSES can be downloaded from HERE

    Results of the Flower and vegetable show 2017
    CLASS 1st 2nd 3rd
    OPEN CLASS Maureen Cooke 37 Pam & Martin Wilson 19 David Ashworth 15
    FLOWERS Heather Wilson 14 Maureen Cooke 11 Clodagh Elliott 3
    MISC Maureen Cooke 22 Brenda Hughes 16 Mrs Cull 6
    ALAN HUGHES CUP Heather Wilson
    MAN MADE CAKE Dave Cooke
    TEENAGE CAKE Charlotte Ferguson
    GROWN IN HOLCOT Pam & Martin Wilson 27 Maureen Cooke 26 Adrian Hanrahan 11
    BEST IN SHOW Heather Wilson
    CHILDREN U9 Honour Wilson 8 joint Violet Wilson and Georgie Collins 6

    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.


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