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June AND JULY 2012

At our June monthly meeting, we welcomed Mr Robin Crouchman who had come along to talk about "Showing – Guidelines to meet Judges' requirements". Dorothy Lightley who arranges the speakers for our meetings had booked Mr Crouchman, an Essex Judge, to hopefully give us lots of tips and ideas regarding entering flowers, plants, fruits and vegetables into the various classes which would soon be coming up in our Annual Summer Flower Show.

Mr Crouchman explained that Judges like himself usually follow R.H.S. guidelines and rules. He certainly did give us lots of help and suggestions, but mostly his advice was just to have a go in your local Show. He pointed out that lots of Gardening Societies and Shows were thriving, but others were really struggling and many had disappeared into the mists of time. He also pointed out that this particular season had posed many challenges for gardeners of all abilities. His talk was informative and helpful and he was warmly thanked for all his advice.

The Friday night before our Summer Flower Show was extremely wet, as was the morning and one of our Judges and some of the people entering classes in our Show had problems reaching Wickhambrook – the main Bury St Edmunds to Haverhill Road (the 143) was actually closed due to flooding. However everyone eventually reached Wickhambrook and staged their entries, ready for judging.

As the tables became covered in various colours with lovely plants, colourful flowers and even (in this horrible Summer of ours) some wonderful looking vegetables and soft fruit, I was surprisingly impressed and pleasantly surprised at the quality and standard of everything that was entered. We obviously have some very able and enthusiastic gardeners in and around Wickhambrook and I would like to congratulate everyone who entered and thank you all for your support. It has been far from an easy year but, all things considered, the Show was excellent and I hope you all enjoyed the day as much as I did.

The cooking section was also very well supported, as were most of the sections of the handicrafts. The class that really seems to be struggling is the Flower Arranging classes and, although the children's entries were very well supported, there were only three entries in the adults. These three were all absolutely beautiful and many congratulations to the two ladies who designed them. All three were works of art, but it would be wonderful if we could get more entries. I know that there are lots of ladies who do flower arranging – how can we get you to enter our Show? If anyone has any ideas, please let me know.

The Cups were presented by our new President, Mrs Joyce Draycott, and the winners are listed below. Joyce was presented with a bouquet of flowers to welcome her to the Society.

Badmondisfield Cup - A Day
Clopton Cup - Linda Scott
Flewitt Rose Bowl - Angela Cross
Elizabeth Rolfe Cup - Angela Cross
A Silver Cup - joyce Draycott
Mapey Rose Bowl - R and R Smart
Family Cup - Swift Family
W I Shield - Deirdre Smith
Crystal Fruit Bowl - A Day
Ivy Hicks Bowl - Emily Swift
Bailey Sweet Pea Cup - R and R Smart
Helen Long Trophy - Linda Scott
A Trophy - Ruth Seal
Victory Cup - Katie Cross

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Wickhambrook Horticultural Society

Monday 26th February
The next Horticultural Society meeting will be on Monday 26th February at 7.30pm in the WI Hall.  Garden Bugs: Cohabit, Conserve or Control - A presentation by Dr Ian Bedford (Head of Entomology), John Innes Research Institute, Norwich, everyone welcome.

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Our Annual Membership is 5, with meetings costing 1 to members and 2 to non-members. We would love to see some new members and you can be sure of a warm and friendly welcome.

Subscriptions are payable to the Treasurer each January.

Our talks usually last for about an hour and then we have a chat with other members whilst enjoying tea/coffee and biscuits. The talks cover a range of different aspects of gardening and our programme is planned to provide something of interest to each and everyone of us.

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