* NB: Tonights meeting Friday May 18th is in the 

Refectory (Around the back near Car Park) *

Monthly News Sheet

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Brian - great results - Norfolk & Norwich Spring Show 2018
Committee Member Brian Cogan continued his blistering form in showing daffodils after our show by dominating the same classes at the Norfolk and Norwich Horticultural Societys Spring Show.  Not only did he win a clutch of first places but Best Bloom and the Daffodil Society's Bronze Medal.  Brian then also entered some daffodils in the affiliated society class (Stalham is a member) and duly took first prize for us! 
A tremendous achievement and we are all so very proud of him.  See photos here.

Angela - great results at East Anglian Alpine Show 2018

On Saturday 5th May, Angela Prager our Raffle Co-Ordinator entered the Annual East Anglian Alpine Garden Show which was held at Wymondham High School.  This  show saw entrants from all over the country including as far afield as Wolverhampton!. 
We are all very proud of Angela who entered three classes and won a first prize for her Lewesia plant and a second place for her cactus plant.  It was a really great result as she was undecided whether to enter or not during the week leading up to the show.
Thankfully she did and a huge well done to her!   
To see all photos of the Alpine Show please Click here

*Celebration of 45th Anniversary - 7th July*

2018 is the Sapphire Anniversary (45 years) of the founding of The 
Stalham & District Horticultural Society. 

With the kind permission of Alan Gray & Graham Robeson.  We are marking this historic occasion with a celebration at the Old Vicarage Gardens in East Ruston

This 
evening event will be on the 7th July starting at 6pm. The Society are very honoured to have the sole use of the gardens on this evening. 

We will be able to tour the Garden at leisure. Food and drink will also be available. Whether we have nibbles or a two course meal has yet to be decided. 

Please ask Cindy for details of Menu and Cost


The Spring Show - Saturday April 7th 2018

Held in the Main Hall at Stalham School on Saturday 7th April.  
Despite the difficult weather conditions, which meant most blooms were a month behind, members pulled out all the stops which enabled us to have a wonderful display of daffodils and other spring flowers. 
Brian Cogan remained dominant in the cut flower classes by winning Most Points in Section, with John Howard taking the Best in Section category.  
Fruit and vegetable entries were down but Roger Newman won Best in section for his stunning sticks of natural (un-forced) rhubarb and he followed this up by tying with Graham Makepeace for Most Points in Section. 
Angela Prager was on blistering form and won Most Points in Section and Best In Section for her Pot Plants.  She produced some beautiful flowering alpines and succulents which really caught the judges eye. 
Katie Newman was on fine form and won Best in Section Cookery for her cake but was pipped at the post by Margaret Wait who won Most Points in Section. 
Joanna Berry and Tracy Chapman were close competitors in the Floral Art Section but Joanna just beat Tracy for Best in Section and Most Points in Section. 
Joanna’s winning ways continued by winning Best in Show Horticulture for her flower arrangement called “Tuffi Fruitti” which also won her the People’s Choice Award (voted for by the visitors). 
Tim Taylor and Fred Jolly shared the honours at 20 points apiece for the Most Points in Wine Section with Tim winning Best in Section. 
Valerie Dixon had a great show by Winning Most Points in Show Craft with Susan Howard winning Best in Section Craft for her stunning piece of embroidery she followed this by winning Best in Show Non-Horticulture for the same piece of needle craft. 
Children's entries were down but William Steward did well by scooping Best in Show  (6-10 years) and Most Points in Section (6-10). 
Pat Reid triumphed in the “Lucky Dip Daff” competition (a bulb bought at last year’s Autumn Show, & to be grown for this show).   The final awards were for Most Points in Show which was won by Joanna Berry and the Runner Up was Brian Cogan. 

Click here for full list of points 

A vote of thanks must go to all the people who gave up their time to make the Show possible and to all the individuals and local businesses who kindly donated raffle and tombola prizes.  The Autumn Show will be held at the same venue on Saturday 8th September with free entry and it will be open to the public from 2.00pm. 


Friday 19th January AGM and Prize Giving
 

The evening was well attended and a good time was had by all with refreshments and an informal but fun quiz which got everyone talking.  The main event of the evening was the prize giving of our annual awards and the results were as follows:-
First place for the Irene Starling Memorial Award for most points gained in non-horticulture classes in the Spring and Autumn Shows 2017 went to Margaret Wait.  A great result for her as she won the award last year for the first time.  First place in the Joy Taylor Memorial Award for most points gained in horticulture classes in the Spring and Autumn Shows 2017 went to Brian Cogan. 
Brians outstanding results in 2017 means that he has now won this award three years in succession, a real achievement.  presentation photo click here

William Steward - Berry Sheild 2017 Congratulations William Steward on winning the Berry Shield for Most Points Gained in the Spring and Autumn Shows (combined) for entrants in the Junior classes for 2017.

Autumn Show September 2017

On Saturday 9th September, Stalham and District Horticultural Society held their Annual Autumn Show in the Main Hall at Stalham High School. Entry numbers were a little down but this was due to growing conditions and members being on holiday. The hall looked stunning with a mass of colour from the numerous dahlia exhibits, flowering pot plants and flower arrangements, a real feast for the eyes.

Brian Cogan continued his dominant ways (from the Spring Show) by winning Most Points in Section Fruit and Vegetables, Most Points in Section Cut Flowers and finally Most Points in Show! A magnificent haul for all his dedication and efforts. Cindy, his wife was not to be left out and took Most Points in Section Pot Plants. A good afternoon’s result for the Cogan family!

Tim Taylor was dominant in the Wine Section winning Most Points in Section with Fred Jolly in second place. Fred then went on to win Best in Section for his wine. Numerous fruit and vegetable entries saw some close competition with Graham Makepeace winning Best in Section for his pair of magnificent cucumbers which also then went on to win Best in Show Horticulture. A big well done to him. Margaret Wait faced stiff competition in the cookery classes but won Most Points in Section, whilst Katie Newman won Best in Section Cookery for her superb “Shaun the Sheep” cupcakes! Margaret had a tremendous show which culminated in her finishing runner up to Brian Cogan in the Most Points in Show Award for the first time (and hopefully not the last time).

Pot plant entries saw Geoff du Feu win Best in Section for his stunning succulent plant which was huge and full of flower which then led to him to also win the “People’s Choice Award (voted for by the visitors) which was well deserved. The craft classes saw a win for John Howard with Best in Section for his magnificent painting of the Red Arrows and Best in Show Non-Horticulture. Susan Carter won Most Points in Section Craft for her numerous photographic entries. Joanna Berry was on fine form again, winning Most Points in Section for her Cut Flowers, Best in Section Floral Art, and Most Points in Section Floral Art. Roy Lawrence won the Spud in a Bucket competition again with a weight of 12lb! This man is unbeatable, or is he?

A vote of thanks must go to all the people who gave up their time which helped to make the Show possible and to the individuals and local businesses who donated raffle and tombola prizes. A thank you also to Society member Julian Woodrow who had the idea of “Guess the Weight of the Spud Competition” which he had grown – it tipped the scales at over 2lb in weight! and raised valuable money for the club. The Annual Spring Show will be held in the same venue on Saturday 7th April with free entry and it will be open to the public from 2.00pm . See all photo's here

Below are the results of the “Grow a Spud in a Bucket” competition

that took place at the Autumn Show August 2017.

First………………………………………………..Mr R Lawrence …………………...12 lbs !!!!

Second……………………………………………Mrs C Makepeace………………..4 lb 11oz

Third………………………………………………Mr L Lawrence……………………...3 lb 12oz

Fourth…………………………………………….Mr G Makepeace……………….….3 lb 8oz

Fifth……………………………………………….Ms S Dickinson………………………3 lb 6oz

Sixth………………………………………………Mr B Cogan………………………………2 lb 12oz

Seventh………………………………………….Mrs J Berry……………………………1 lb 8oz

Eighth…………………………………………….Mr T Taylor…………………………….1 lb 1oz

Joint Ninth………………………………… .Mrs A Hayes…………………………...1 lb

                                                 Mr T Taylor………………………...…..1 lb

Tenth………………………………………………Mr T Taylor……………………………13 oz

Joint Eleventh………………………………Mr J Howard………………………….12 oz

                                                  Mr T Taylor…………………………….12 oz

Twelfth…………………………………………..Mr T Taylor…………………………...10 oz

Thirteenth……………………………………..Mrs S Howard……………………..…9 oz


Joy Taylor Memorial Award for Most Points gained in Horticulture

Classes for the Spring and Autumn Shows for 2017

First – Brian Cogan ………………………………………………………..60 points

Second – Joanna Berry…………………………………………………..39 points

Third – Graham Makepeace……………………………………………23 points

Fourth – Margaret Wait………………………………………………….20 points

Fifth – Sue Dickinson……………………………………………………….19 points

Sixth – Angela Prager……………………………………………………….16 points

Seventh – Tracy Chapman………………………………………………..14 points


Irene Starling Memorial Award for Most Points gained in the

Non-Horticulture Classes for the Spring & Autumn Shows for 2017

First – Margaret Wait………………………………………………………37 points

Second – Katie Newman…………………………………………………….33 points

Third – Tim Taylor……………………………………………………………..23 points

Fourth – Susan Carter……………………………………………………….22 points

Fifth – Fred Jolly ………………………………………………………………19 points

Sixth – Ray Miller……………………………………………………………….16 points

Seventh – Andrea Hayes…………………………………………………..14 points

Great New Offer   for our Society members of 10% discount, using Ashridge Nurseries on-line Garden Centre. Just use the code HORT10 at the check out. for website click here www.ashridgetrees.co.uk

Flower Arranging

Did you know that Stalham has a flower arranging group? If you are
interested in flowers and have always fancied having a go then please feel free to come along and join them. Beginners are always welcome. Click here for further info

The monthly meetings are held in the Baptist Church Rooms (aka “The Stables”) in Stalham  on a Wednesday evening. 

The main aim of this informal group is to have fun and learn about differentstyles and techniques used in flower arranging.
The tutor is Crystal Dyball
of “Crystal Floral Designs” who is also a N.A.F.A.S (National Association of Flower Arrangement Societies) area demonstrator.

For any enquiries about the group please speak to Jo Berry 01692 650321

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