Whiteparish Garden Club: 2006 Activities Reports
2006 PUMPKIN & HALLOWEEN FANCY DRESS COMPETITION REPORT

The annual Pumpkin and Halloween Fancy Dress Competition was very well attended this year. The adult section was disappointing but very likely the hot, dry summer weather can be blamed for the shortage of exhibits, which had to be home-grown. The children could happily buy their pumpkins from the supermarket and certainly made up for it – a record number of entries - and children and parents had gone to a lot of trouble to produce such a stunning display of lanterns and decorated pumpkins, posing a real problem for the judge, Don Munro. However, he did his job and the winners are listed below. Even more difficult, no doubt, was selecting the winners from the many scarily dressed, made up or masked, glow-in-the-dark or dripping fake blood, witches, ghouls, devils etc, vying to catch the judge’s eye. It was a real treat to see so many youngsters taking part and we hope they will come back with their friends next year to enjoy some sweet and savoury snacks and drinks and hopefully carry off a prize.

The competition was followed by the inter-village quiz with our guests from Landford and Sherfield English Garden Clubs. Keith Weymouth was our quizmaster again and, assisted by his wife, Sally, he put the teams through their paces. The little grey cells worked overtime, fortifield by a few glasses of wine and some nibbles, as well as tea and coffee, and after some diligent marking, a Whiteparish team carried off the chocolate prizes. The chairman thanked Keith and Sally and presented a bottle of wine for their hard work. A very successful, fun evening – thank you everyone who helped make it so.

COMPETITION WINNERS—ADULT SECTION

Pumpkin with largest circumference (1 Entry); 1st prize: Janette Munro

Odd-shaped Pumpkin (1 Entry); 1st prize: Stella Gardener

CHILDREN’S SECTION

Traditional Pumpkin Lantern (10 Entries)
1st prize - Charlie Gould-Hocking
2nd prize - Harry Brighton
3rd prize - Adam Smith

Decorated Pumpkin (16 Entries)
1st prize - James Dance
2nd prize - Sarah Dawson
3rd prize - Jake Burgess

Halloween Fancy Dress (22 Entries)
1st prize - Madison Cooper
2nd prize - Bethany Cooper
3rd prize - Jacob Goss

2006 INTER-VILLAGE QUIZ

Taking part were members from Whiteparish (12), Landford (10) and Sherfield English (7) Garden Clubs. Keith and Sally Weymouth were quizmaster and assistant and the winning team members, Don and Janette Munro, David Boakes and Anne East from Whiteparish, were presented with a box of chocolates each by the Chairman of Whiteparish Garden Club.

2006 SHOW (Aug 26): REPORT

43 adults and 17 children entered a total of 321 exhibits, slightly down from last year (44 adults, 17 children, 349 entries). This was especially noticeable in the horticultural and floral decorations sections, very likely due to the dry and difficult growing conditions this summer. However, the Garden Club was very happy with the support given to the Show by members and exhibitors, as well as visitors, who came in the afternoon to cast a critical eye over the entries, have a cup of tea and buy some raffle tickets and, hopefully, next year some will be inspired to challenge this year’s winners. The cups and prizes were presented by Mr Jeremy Wood, well-known in horticultural circles for having one of the national hellebore collections in his garden. He is also one of the founder members of the Garden Club, who was instrumental in reviving the Show in 1960; since then it has been an annual village event to the present year.

Cup Winners

ADULTS:
Fruit and vegetables
- Colin Iles
Flowers - Colin Iles
John Lear Memorial Cup - Kate Roberts
Preserves and Cookery - Sarah Skeats
Handicrafts - Dorothy Hobb

 
Art - Richard Hocking
Bryan Rose Bowl - Dorothy Hobbs
RHS Banksian Medal - Colin Iles
(awarded by the RHS and presented by the Club to the exhibitor with most points in the horticultural sections)

The Sir Alfred and Lady Wort Perpetual Challenge Cup (for highest points in show):
Colin Iles

CHILDREN:
The Udel Perpetual Challenge Cup - Under Eights - Eloise Bishop
Over Eights - Charlotte Iles

RHS Junior Certificate of Merit - Under Eights - Eloise Bishop
Over Eights - Charlotte Iles

Prizewinners

Class
First
Second
Third
Vegetables & Fruit
(Classes 1 to 28)
Colin Iles Stella Gardener Janette Munro
Flowers
(Classes 31 to 47)
Colin Iles Matthew Garvey Ilona Hocking/Kate Roberts
Floral Decorations
(Classes 51 to 54)
Kate Roberts J Burr Jane Legat
Preserves & Cookery
(Classes 61 to 70)
Sarah Skeates Ilona Hocking/Kate Roberts  
Handicrafts
(Classes 71 to 80)
Dorothy Hobbs Ilona Hocking Sid Roberts
Art
(Classes 81 to 85)
Richard Hocking J Guard Eric Chase
Children (Classes 91 to 96)
For a detailed list of prizewinners, click here.
Under 8 Eloise Bishop James Skeates Amy Higgins
8 to 13 Charlotte Iles Amy Higgins Scott Higgins/Max Bishop
FLOWER AND HOBBIES SHOW CLASSES

Here's the complete class list for the 2006 Flower and Hobbies Show. For more information on the rules etc, click here.

Vegetables and Fruit (classes 1 to 30)
1 Three Carrots 15 One Cucumber, indoor-grown
2 Three Potatoes, one variety 16 One Cucumber, outdoor-grown
3 Three Onions from seed 17 A collection of 6 Culinary Herbs, each labelled
4 Three Onions from sets 18 Five different Salad Vegetables
5 Five Culinary Shallots 19 Two Sweet Peppers
6 Five Spring Onions 20 One Flower, one Herb and three different Vegetables in a box or basket
7 Three Beetroot 21 Three Dessert Apples
8 Five Tomatoes 22 Three Cooking Apples
9 A single-stemmed truss of Miniature Tomatoes (one sprig) 23 Five Plums, ripe
10 Five Runner Beans 24 A Bunch of Grapes
11 Five French Beans 25 Ten Raspberries with stalks
12 Two Sweet Corn Cobs (not stripped) 26 Ten Blackberries with stalks
13 Three Courgettes, not exceeding 6”/15cm in length 27 Three Pears
14 One Marrow 28 A misshapen Vegetable
Flowers (classes 31 to 50)
31 A vase of three Annuals, different varieties 40 A Flower Spike from a bulb or corm
32 A vase of three Annuals, one variety 41 A spike of Gladiolus
33 A vase of three Herbaceous Perennials, one variety; colours may be mixed 42 One spray of a Decorative Foliage Shrub
34 A vase of five Sweet Peas 43 One spray of Flowering or Berried Shrub
35 A Fuchsia Flower (presented facing upward) 44 A Houseplant (owned for at least 6 months)
36 Three identical Pansies (presented facing upward) 45 A potted Fuchsia (up to 9”/22.5cm pot (inside measurement))
37 Three Dahlias, one variety 46 A Cactus or Succulent Plant
38 One spray of Cluster-Flowered Rose (all types other than HT) 47 A potted Patio Plant (up to 12”/30cm pot (inside measurement))
39 Three Hybrid Tea Roses in a container    
Floral Decoration (classes 51 to 60)
51 An Arrangement in a Jug (Flowers and foliage from own garden) 53 “Kaleidoscope” (May contain flowers, foliage, fruit and vegetables but only from own garden)
52 An arrangement for the top of a Wedding Cake (10cm max) 54 “Tranquillity” (Accessories permitted)
Preserves and Cookery (classes 61 to 70
61 Jam 66 A Victoria Sandwich Cake
62 Marmalade 67 Six Shortbread Fingers
63 Chutney 68 A Quiche
64 Four Cheese Scones 69 Four white Bread Rolls
65 A Tea Loaf 70 A Carrot Cake (decorated)
Handicrafts (classes 71 to 80)
71 A hand-knitted item 76 Handicraft (a piece of pottery)
72 A handmade toy 77 Handicraft (wooden item)
73 A piece of patchwork 78 A design in cross-stitch
74 A handmade greetings card 79 A handmade Christmas decoration
75 Tapestry or needlepoint 80 A scale model
Art (classes 81 to 90)
81 A Painting of a Mill (any medium) 84 A photograph of Sunrise/Sunset
82 A Botanical Drawing (any medium) 85 A photograph of wildlife in the garden
83 A collage (any subject)    
Children's Section (classes 91 to 100)
(Age Groups: under 8, and 8 to 13 years. Date of birth to be attached to exhibits)
91 A potato hedgehog 94 A cake decorated as a "bug"
92 A garden on a tray 95 A small flower arrangement
93 A picture of "My Favourite Toy" 96 A paper mosaic
ACTIVITIES PROGRAMME

The programme from February 2006 to early 2007 is as follows:

MEETINGS START AT 7.30 PM IN THE VILLAGE HALL UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED
Date Subject Presenter
Feb 23 PRODUCING SPRING & SUMMER BEDDING Peter Chivers
Mar 23 GARDENING IN RAISED BEDS R J Broughton
Apr 20 VISIT TO HOME COVERT – DEVIZES at 2.30pm John/Sarah Phillips
May 13 (Sat) COFFEE MORNING WITH SALE OF BEDDING PLANTS. Village Hall, 10:00am to 12:00 noon  
May 25 CREATING A GARDEN FOR ALL SEASONS Sara Gruzelier
Jun 17 WHITEPARISH FETE Plant Stall  
Jun 27 (Tuesday) ABBEY COTTAGE AT ITCHEN ABBAS at 7.00pm Patrick Daniell
Jul 27 GARDEN CLUB BARBECUE at 6.00 pm Colin Iles (at "Cletola")
Aug 26 FLOWER AND HOBBIES SHOW in Whiteparish Village Hall  
Sep 28 Talk on the NATIONAL COUNCIL for the CONSERVATION OF PLANTS & GARDENS (NCCPG) Mr Bird of Sparsholt College
Oct 26 PUMPKIN FANCY DRESS at 6.30 pm followed by INTER-CLUB QUIZ  
Nov 23 AGM at 7.00pm followed by FLORA & ORCHIDS OF SOUTHAMPTON COMMON Philip Budd
December NO MEETING  
Jan 25 IMPRESSIONS OF COASTS & ISLES David Poynter
 
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