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

Our Secretary, Andrea, is helping to increase the Society’s profile by getting us our own Facebook page. There are lots of interesting photo's and links that you can view 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

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Christmas Meal

Tina has been very busy arranging a Christmas meal for us this year and looking at ideas for trips for 2018!
The Christmas meal is to be at the Hotel Wroxham
on Sunday 3rd December at around 1.00pm (exact time to be confirmed).

In previous years the idea of a Christmas lunch rather than an evening meal has proved very popular. So we thought we would repeat again this year. 

The price per person is £22.00 for a two courses or £27.00 for three courses.
A £5.00 deposit per person will secure your place at the lunch.
Tina will need
this as soon as possible.
The rest of the balance
can be paid in instalments or you may pay in full. Whichever is more convenient. Please see Tina to reserve your seat and to view the menu.

Horticultural Society Trips for 2018

Tina has also been very busy looking at ideas for trips for 2018! If you have an idea for a trip both near or far away, please let Tina or another committee member know and we will see what we can do!

Ideas for trips
for 2018 include:- Sandringham Flower Show, Hever Castle and Gardens in Kent, The Gardeners World Live Event at the NEC in Birmingham, Knebworth House, Norfolk Herbs and the lavender fields in Heacham.

Our Horticultural Society is 45 Years Old Next year

2018 will be the Sapphire Anniversary (45 years) of the founding of Stalham & District Horticultural Society.
With the kind permission of Alan Gray & Graham Robeson.  We wish to mark this historic
occasion with a celebration at the Old Vicarage Gardens in East Ruston. 
The
evening event will be in July and the Society will have the sole use of the gardens! 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.
So as they say, watch this space!

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.

The monthly meetings are held in the Baptist Church Rooms (aka “The Stables”) in Stalham  on a Wednesday evening, the next one is on 16th August. However, before then there is an all-day course on Saturday 29th July at the Wenn Evans Centrein Happisburgh.

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

East Ruston Old Vicarage Gardens - Plant Fair  - June 2017

On Saturday 10th June, our Society were again lucky to have a stall at the Annual Plant Fair of The Old Vicarage Gardens at East Ruston.
The weather was dry, sunny and by lunchtime very hot, with a strong wind picking up in the afternoon.
The stall looked wonderful and was full of colour with a massive assortment of plants.
Just before 10.00am the gates were opened, the public surged in and suddenly we were very busy with lots of customers. The flow of people just kept coming and didn’t seem to ease all day. Which was great. 
A big thank you goes to  everyone who donated plants and either gave them to us in advance or brought them to the fair on the day.
Thanks also goes to Richard and Pete (non-members) who gave us trays of vegetable plants to sell, which was much appreciated.
A final thank you goes to everyone who helped to man the stall and sell the plants.
Several committee members really do have “the gift of the gab” which ensured that we were able to pack up a bit earlier as ALL the plants had been sold.
It was a very successful day which raised lots of money for the Society to help pay for our Insurance, Hall hire and Speakers etc. 

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The Annual Inter Society Quiz Night 19th May 2017

Teams were as follows: Left to Right
Lessingham Gardening club - Ken, Christine and Janice

Plumstead and District Horticultural Society - Ruth, Kate and Dorothy

Stalham and District Horticultural Society- Julian, John and Brian


Stalham hosted the Annual Inter Society Quiz. The room was filled with supporters from all three clubs which made for a great evening.

Ricky Prager was question master and Joanna Berry was the scorer. Ricky had kindly put together a varied collection of 60 gardening questions from different sources including the RHS, the internet and gardening magazines.
It was nip and tuck with the scores but in the end our Stalham team won with a score of 17 points Lessingham and Plumstead were joint runners up with 13 points each. Well done to everybody that took part.
A big thank you must go to Cindy Cogan who made a terrific job of organising the catering and to all those who kindly brought along plates of food and flower arrangements.
The table looked superb and the spread of food did the Society proud.


The Annual Spring Show -Saturday 1st April 2017

As always held in the Main Hall at Stalham High School. Entries continued to rise and topped the 400 mark again and included ones from Mrs April T.H.E. Furst and Miss April Fool! Visitors were treated to a dazzling display of daffodils and if you thought they are always yellow, then this show proved you wrong with colours including white, apricot, orange and pink! Brian Cogan was largely responsible for this outstanding display with some 188 pots of different daffodils at home! His efforts were rewarded with Best in Section & Most Points in Section (cut flowers), Most Points in Show and The People’s Choice Award (voted for by the visitors) for his outstanding double daffodils. Other cut flowers included tulips, polyanthus, pansies and a wide variety of other Spring flowers.

Angela Prager was in dominant form by winning Best in Section and Most Point in Section (pot plants) followed by Best in Show (Horticulture) for her flowering house plant. Other entries included cacti, succulents, primulas, polyanthus, foliage plants, pots of daffodils and other bulbs, orchids, amaryllis, auricula’s and a wide selection of alpine plants (some already in flower)

Fruit and Vegetable entries were up with several in the rhubarb classes (forced and natural) with Best in Section going to Roger Newman and his rhubarb. Angela Prager won Most Points in Section with her entries. Other vegetables being exhibited included spring onions, leeks and asparagus.

Honours in the Cookery classes were divided with Frances Brunning winning Best in Section for her six Norfolk Shortcakes and Margaret Waite winning Most Points in Section. All classes were well represented and included a Simnel cake, bread, scones, fruit curd, chocolate cakes, Victoria Sandwiches and confectionary.

Joanna Berry was successful in the Floral Art Classes, winning both Best in Section and Most Points in Section with Tracy Chapman finishing a close second. Joanna’s hard work paid off in other categories and she also finished as Runner-Up for Points in Show to Brian. Subjects for the six floral art classes included Fan-tastic (must include a fan in the arrangement), on Stage or Screen (reflecting a play or film), and Easter Egg-extravaganza (must include an Easter egg, can be made from any medium, including chocolate!).

Craft classes were as popular as ever, with Cindy Cogan winning Best in Show (Non-Horticulture) and Best in Section for her stunning patchwork waist coat which looked amazing. Susan Carter had a successful afternoon by winning Most Points in Section for her numerous entries. The craft classes have been expanded and entries included patchwork, embroidery, painting, greetings cards, knitting, photography, quilting, toy making (Ralph, the teddy bear) and adult colouring pictures.

Tim Taylor and Fred Jolly fought it out in the wine classes with Tim beating Fred to Most Points in Section by the narrowest of margins but Fred retaliated by winning Best in Section. As usual they produced a great selection of wine for the judge and well done to them both for this.

Andrea Hayes (our new Society Secretary) beat off stiff competition and was a first time winner with her success in the Grow a Bulb in a Pot Competition. Vice-Chairman, Valerie Dixon organised a display in the front reception area with collages made by East Ruston Primary School, a big thank you goes to the children for all their hard work – they looked great! Thanks also goes to Alan Gray (East Ruston Gardens) for kindly taking time out from his busy schedule to visit the Show. The individuals and local businesses who supported us with raffle prizes should also be praised, their generosity is
greatly appreciated.
Our next Show will be on Saturday 9th September in the Main Hall at Stalham High School, free entry and open to the public from 2.00pm.  Adult and children's schedules are now available at our monthly meetings, 50p and 25p respectively.


ADULT PRIZE SHEET – SPRING SHOW 2017

Most Points in Show:
Winner        Brian Cogan   102 points
Runner Up   Joanna Berry  75 points

Most Points in Section:
Section                         Name            Class Number
Cut Flowers                 Brian Cogan             94
Pot Plants                    Angela Prager          29
Fruit & Vegetables      Angela Prager            6
Cookery                       Margaret Wait        22
Wine                           Tim Taylor               19
Craft                           Susan Carter           20
Floral Art                    Joanna Berry           15

Best in Section:
Section                        Name              Class Number
Cut Flowers                 Brian Cogan             10
Pot Plants                    Angela Prager         61
Fruit & Vegetables      Roger Newman        73
Cookery                       Frances Brunning    83
Wine                           Fred Jolly               90
Craft                          Cindy Cogan           104
Floral Art                   Joanna Berry         115

Best in Show - Horticulture:
Pot Plants (flowering)
not already specified  Angela Prager         61

Best in Show - Non-Horticulture:
Craft
patchwork waistcoat  Cindy Cogan           104

People’s Choice Award:
Cut Flowers -             Brian Cogan             10
Daffodils

Best Daffodil Bulb in a Pot  - Andrea Hayes

The 6-10 age group - Most Points in Section and Best in Show -  William Steward

Following on from the Spring Show, below are current standings in our Awards:


Joy Taylor Memorial Award for Most Points gained in Horticulture Classes in

in the Spring and Autumn Shows for 2017:


Brian Cogan………………………………………………………………………………….102 points

Joanna Berry………………………………………………………………………………..75 points

Angela Prager……………………………………………………………………………….53 points

Terry Smith………………………………………………………………………………….35 points

Susan Carter………………………………………………………………………………..18 points

Ricky Prager………………………………………………………………………………….15 points

Margaret Wait……………………………………………………………………………..14 points

Tracy Chapman……………………………………………………………………………..11 points


Irene Starling Memorial Award for Most Points gained in Non-Horticulture

Classes in the Spring and Autumn Shows for 2017


Margaret Wait……………………………………………………………………………….29 points

Tim Taylor……………………………………………………………………………………….23 points

Katie Newman………………………………………………………………………………..20 points

Susan Carter…………………………………………………………………………………..20 points

Fred Jolly………………………………………………………………………………………..18 points

Frances Brunning……………………………………………………………………………16 points

Andrea Hayes…………………………………………………………………………………14 points

Ray Miller…………………………………………………………………………………………11 points

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