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Wickhambrook Horticultural Society Reports

JULY 2016 - FLOWER SHOW on saturday 9th july

We had lots more entries this year than we did in 2015 and our re-vamp of the Flower Arranging Section seems to have worked well. We had entries in all four different sections of the Flower Arranging and these helped to make the hall both colourful and Summery. We also had lots more entries from children this year which was splendid. Many, many thanks to all those who did enter, whether it was vegetables, fruit, flowers, flower arranging, handicrafts or cookery. To all those who came to look around the Hall I hope that you were impressed and perhaps you even thought "I could enter that section" or "my potatoes, cucumber, onions, etc, etc. are good enough to go in the Show" and that if you did think that then perhaps next year you may not just pick up a Schedule from the Shop, but then have a good look through the Schedule and make an entry, or two, or three. I went round the judging with the Handicraft Judge who was most impressed with the standard of the entries in that Section. As we looked out of the window at around 11 am it was throwing it down with rain, but luckily it soon cleared up and by 12 noon when it was time for the procession it was fine and then the weather behaved itself for the rest of the day. When I was able to nip out of the Hall sometime in the afternoon just for half an hour, the whole field looked splendid and I would have liked a longer time to have a good look around, but I soon had to be back to help with selling the raffle tickets, etc.

The Cup Winners were as follows -

Badmondisfield Cup - A Day
Clopton Cup - Linda Scott
Elizabeth Rolfe Cup - Rosemary Lynn
A Silver Cup - Lucy Houghton
Mapey Rose Bowl - Joyce Draycott/Ann Corlett
Family Cup - Houghton Family
W I Shield - Dorothy Anderson
Crystal Fruit Bowl - A Day
Ivy Hicks Trophy - Patterson Houghton
Bailey Sweet Pea Cup - R & R Smart
Helen Long Trophy - Deirdre Smith
Underwood Cup - Rosemary Lynn
Victory Cup - Eleanor Pettitt
Banksian Medal - Bernard Edgeley
Certificate of Merit for Floral Art - Gema Draycott
Certificate of Merit for Novice Floral Art - Sally Welsh
Diploma of Excellence in Horticulture - R & R Smart
Novice Award for Merit in Floral Art - Dorothy Dennett

The work exhibited by the children from Wickhambrook School was also splendid and thanks to all the children, teachers and helpers who staged this demonstration. Many thanks to all those involved. I hope that you had the chance to look around the children's work and that you were suitably impressed.

The Flower Show, like any event, takes a lot of time and preparation but it is a lovely event and I would hate for it not to take place next year BUT ....

I still have not had anyone who is interested in taking on the job of Chairman after our AGM in November and I cannot help but fear that time is running out for the Society. I am very willing to help any new person who is willing to take the task on, but I am not willing to continue as Chairman. A I have said before, I have been Chairman for over ten years and I feel it is seriously time for a change. If no one does come forward the Society will not be able to continue into 2017 and I for one feel that this would be a dreadful shame. There must be someone out there who is willing to take the Chairmanship on; it really is not as daunting as all that, so go on, be brave and give me a call to discuss what is involved.

Jackie Fieldsend

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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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Horticultural Society Flower Show

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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.

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