July 20th 2018Site Judging. Well, we've been judged. The judges were very complimentary about the appearance of the site. They were particularly impressed with the hanging baskets and the flower tubs around the club area. Just wait and see now!
Scarecrows. Some good entries this year. The photos are on the photo album page.
Show Schedule. There have been a few ammendments this year - mainly in the Dahlia classes. Please read the class details very carefully to ensure that your entry is according to the Schedule (we hate to see "NAS" notices). The updated Schedule and Entry form may be downloaded from the relevant pages on the website. Recipes can be downloaded from the links on the Schedule page.
Show Raffle. As you know (can I say that nowadays?) we hold a raffle each year at the Annual Show. Most of the prizes have been kindly donated by plotters, boosted by a few that we have purchased. This can lead to an embarrasment of riches. Last year, for instance, there we so many prizes to be won that the draw seemed to go on for ever. Because of this the Committee has decided to change things. This year there will only be 6 prizes to be won. These will be high value items and well worth winning. This will reduce the raffle draw time significantly. Raffle tickets will be available on Show Entry Day (August 18th) and on the Show Day itself of course.
ANNUAL SHOW - A NOTE FROM OUR SHOW SECRETARY, JOHN MILLS
Our Annual Show this year held on 19th is a great social opportunity to meet your fellow plotholders and as partners, family members and friends are all welcome its the ideal time to show them what you do when “up on the plot”. All members are encouraged to take part, don’t be put off by any thoughts that what you’ve grown won’t be good enough. If you’ve visited the Canwell Show or other flower shows, looked at the vegetable entries and felt that you will never grow anything as good, remember that most of those on display have been grown using specialist seed bred over many years with the sole aim of winning prizes. At Hill we have a somewhat different approach, we show what we grow not grow to show.
The current years show schedule becomes available mid July but as it varies very little from year to year have a look at earlier schedules on our website, this will give information on what vegetables & flowers can be entered. A few weeks prior to the show look at what you’ve got growing, what will be ready for the show and give some thought to what you could enter. If you’re unsure have a word with your neighbouring plotholders or a committee member. Assuming they’re not going to enter something similar you should get an unbiased opinion! Our website gives a guide as to what the Judge will look for when making a decision and how best to present your entry.
Completed entry forms and the appropriate fees are taken on the Saturday prior to the show, in the Social Club between 12.00 and 2.00pm. On Sunday the Social Club is open from 10.00am for you to stage your exhibits and you have until 1.45pm to do so. Your entry card(s) will be available to collect from just inside the club entrance. Please read the show requirements to ensure you enter the correct class, have the correct number of items to display etc. The areas for each class are clearly marked, set out your entry with your card placed name side down. If there is insufficient space for your entry please contact the Show Secretary, do not attempt to rearrange other entries.
So there you have it, you’ve selected your entries, read the “ small print”, put them out on display and all there is to do now is wait, have a drink or several if you’re so inclined and at 4.00pm or thereabouts after the Judge has finished go and see what has been placed 1st,2nd or 3rd. Some awards you will agree with, particularly if they are yours, others perhaps not, but whatever the outcome you can obtain a good idea for the following year as to what may win then and hopefully have had an enjoyable afternoon out.
Prize money is awarded at the end of the Show, some classes also have a winners trophy and these together with a commemorative certificate are presented at the Awards Evening/ Plotluck Supper Night held in the Social Club during late September.