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Annual Autumn Show-Saturday 7th September Click here to see photos

Entry numbers to the show were  good, around 350 plus which was better than last year, even due to the very dry 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.

Joanna Berry did exceptionally well by winning Most Points in Section Cut Flowers, Most Points in Section Pot Plants, Best in Section Floral Art and finally Most Points in Show.  A magnificent haul for all her dedication and efforts.

Tim Taylor dominated the Wine classes winning Most Points in Section and Best in Section for his wine.  

Numerous fruit and vegetable entries saw some close competition with Graham Makepeace winning Best in Section for his superb plate of mixed fruit and Most Points in this Section too.  This was capped by Graham finishing as Runner Up for Most Points in Show.  A big well done to him.  

Margaret Wait faced stiff competition in the cookery classes but won Most Points in Section, whilst Pat Reid won Best in Section Cookery, for her very impressive fruit cake. 

Hilary Warner had a successful show with several first places and won Best in Section Cut Flowers for her three gladioli stems.  

Frances Brunning shone in the pot plant classes winning Best in Section Pot Plants & 
Best in Show Horticulture for her stunning pots of three individual orchids. 

Tracy Chapman won the People’s Choice Award (voted for by the visitors) for her stunning flower arrangement entitled Rusty Richness.  

The craft classes saw a win for Steve Pratchett with his stunning painting who then went on to win Best in Section Craft and Best in Show Non-Horticulture.  

Susan Carter won Most Points in Section Craft for her numerous entries in this section.  

Janice Green was victorious in the Grow a Plug Plant Geranium with a magnificent specimen.

First time entrants Donna Griffiths won the Novice Class for Flower Arranging and son Leo won Most Points in Section and Best in Show for the under 6 years of age classes.

A vote of thanks goes 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.  

Trip to Hyde Hall RHS Gardens Click here to see Photos

On Saturday 3rd August the Society had a coach trip to the RHS Gardens at Hyde Hall in Essex.  We had a full coach of travelers which was brilliant and arrived at our destination at around 11.00am to be met by a warm day without any threat of rain! 
Our trip also coincided with the Annual Plant Fair which meant lots of opportunities to but plants directly from a wide range of nurseries. 

Hydrangeas and Salvia's seem to be the “in plants” this year and many stalls offered a bewildering choice of colours and varieties.  The gardens and facilities had been vastly improved since we last visited which meant a more enjoyable experience for us all. 
We left at 4.30pm with a coach boot full of plants and garden sundries for our journey back to Norfolk. 
A thank you to Joanna Berry, Susan Carter and Susan Howard for all their efforts in organising the trip.

Garden in a Seed Tray Competition see photo's

At our May Meeting we held our annual “Garden in a Seed Tray” competition which ties in nicely with the start of the Chelsea Flower Show.  John Howard, our Vice-Chairman came up with the idea last year and as it proved popular we thought we would make it a regular event.  This year we had four gardens, John and his wife Susan made a Japanese inspired garden complete with red pagoda, Liz made a miniature garden complete with tree’s and garden furniture, Susan C produced a dry garden with cacti, coupled with an area of lawn and herbs and Janice made a wonderful garden in a large brick, type tray.  The gardens were judged by Helen Hillier who was our speaker for the evening and she chose Janice’s who was then presented with her winning certificate by our Chairwoman – Joanna Berry.

Annual Spring Show  - Saturday 6th April  See Photos here

Despite the difficult weather conditions, which meant most daffodil blooms were a month in front, members pulled out all the stops which enabled us to have a wonderful display of daffodils, tulips & other Spring flowers. 

Joanna Berry was a real force to be reckoned with and dominated in the cut flower classes by winning Most Points in Section, with Brian Cogan taking the Best in Section for his daffodils.  
This year we have a new award - 'Best Daffodil Bloom in Show' which was kindly donated by Julian Woodrow  and was deservedly won by Brian Cogan.
Fruit & vegetable entries were good with over 10 entries for one of the rhubarb classes alone. Margaret Wait won Best in Section for her stunning leeks with Graham Makepeace winning for the Most Points in Section. 

New member Cecilia Coller was on blistering form and won Most Points in Section and Best in Section for her Pot Plants.  She produced some beautiful flowering alpines & succulents which really caught the judge’s eye.   Cecilia’s winning ways continued by winning the People’s Choice Award (voted for by the visitors).

There was no holding Margaret Wait who was on fine form and won Best in Section Cookery for her chocolate cake and Most Points in Section. 

Joanna Berry and Tracy Chapman were close competitors in the Floral Art Section but Tracy just beat Joanna for Best in Section with Joanna winning Most Points in Section. 

Margaret also went on to win Best in Show for Non-Horticulture for her chocolate cake  & Brian Cogan won Best in Show for Horticulture for his immaculate daffodils . 
Tim Taylor had a good day and won Best in Section for Wine and Most Points in the Wine Section too.

Valerie Dixon had a great show by Winning Most Points in Show for Craft with Ricky Prager winning Best in Section for Craft with his stunning and intricate model of an aeroplane made from metal. 

In the childrens entries William Steward did well by scooping the Best in Show
(for 6-10 years old) and also won the Most Points in this Section.

Terry Smith triumphed in the “Lucky Dip Daff” competition (a bulb bought at last year’s Autumn Show, & to be grown for this show).

In our Novice classes, which give individuals the chance to enter but not against seasoned show veterans.  Liz Coller won Best in Section and Most Points in Section with Pat Reid a close runner up.   

The final awards were for Most Points in Show which was won by Joanna Berry & the Runner Up was Margaret Wait.