Tilehurst Horticultural Association

Summer Show 2018

Well, what a Show!  The first Summer Show organised by Show Secretary Claire O’Brien, has to be judged a resounding success!  Records were broken in all areas, in spite of the fears beforehand that entries would be impacted by the hottest summer for many years.   

In fact the weather on the day was also a factor in the success of this year’s Show as it brought competitors and visitors alike out in their droves.  Thanks to our main Show sponsor, AMPM, there had been an increased level of publicity this year and the red and white estate agents boards lining the streets of Tilehurst, advertising our Show, attracted much interest.  In fact, thanks to the substantial support of local businesses, this year’s Show looks set to make a healthy profit. 


Thanks must also be extended to all those who contributed to and helped with this year's record breaking Show, including those who helped with transporting, set-up, refreshments, plant stall and raffle.  Below is a photo of the judges and stewards, prior to judging.  

The sunshine also meant we were able to hold the Potato in a Pot class outside, as we would have been severely pushed for space to accommodate it in the Village Hall.  The Potato in a Pot competition, sponsored by The Village Butchers, was for the greatest weight of potatoes grown from 1 Charlotte potato in a pot.  It was won by D. Licence with an amazing 1.35 kilos of potatoes.  


This was just one of the innovations in the Show this year.  Others included the new Garlic class, which produced 4 entries, and the Collection, 5 a Day in a Seed Tray, sponsored by Apollo XL Cleaning Services, which 4 people also entered.  


A further change was the opportunity for Show visitors to vote for their favourite “Best of the Best” with a “People’s Choice” award.  176 people cast their vote with tokens.  The People’s Choice rosette, with a margin of only 2 votes, went to James Keating who was the winner of the  Best Fruit, an exhibit of redcurrants.


The contenders for this award were the winners of the Best Vegetable, Fruit, Flowers, Pot Plant and Flower Arrangement, choices which had already been made by the judges, and which were the recipients of vouchers donated by C & G Hardware.  The judges had also awarded overall Best in Show and the Dick Wilcox Shield of Excellence to Sheila Cox for her exhibit of a Pot Plant.   

Whilst entries in the Flower classes fell victim to the weather and were slightly less this year, there were still exhibits of excellent quality.  The entries in the Vegetables and Fruit classes, however, really seemed to have enjoyed the sunshine.  Members had responded to the challenge to #Grow4THAShow with gusto and there were double the number this year compared to last, with an amazing 165 exhibits on the Show benches.  Setfords Solicitors had sponsored the tomato classes, which had really benefitted from our hot summer and contained some excellent entries.


In the class for Any Other Vegetable, 11 exhibits were presented for judging, against 4 last year, whilst both the Cucumber and Rhubarb classes had large numbers of exhibits.  


The subjects of the Photography & Artwork classes seemed to have inspired entrants with class 62 for a photograph of “A Sunset” attracting 17 entries – opportunities afforded by another by-product of the outstanding summer we have enjoyed!  The Juniors were also well represented and produced some interesting fruit & vegetable monsters! 


Large numbers of entries in the Cookery classes, sponsored by Warings Bakery, and the Preserves, caused a delay in the completion of judging.  There was lots of tasting to be done, with 14 of each of the Clementine & Almond Cakes and Victoria Sandwiches! 


Rounded off by excellent entries in the Flower Arrangements & Fuchsia classes, the 2018 Summer Show was one to remember! 

More Summer Show photos to follow......

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