Dear Horticultural Society Members,

What a fantastic turnout on Saturday 6th August for our 2022 Annual Summer Show after an enforced Covid break and the weather challenges our gardeners have faced this year.

We had 27 entrants who submitted a total of 160 individual entries across the 44 categories. Our three judges were very impressed by the overall quality of the entries with the cookery judge from SHAPA being particularly fulsome in her praise.

Many people came along to view the exhibits during the afternoon and enjoyed tea, coffee & cakes which had been made and served by Jenny Allen and her team of helpers. The cakes were amazing and very much enjoyed by everyone.

Val Carse, Chair, presented the trophies which included a new “Overall Vegetable Plate” donated by Sue Ireland-Cutting and the Derek Kett Trowel for Runner Beans.

2022 Trophy Winners

Petrie Rose Bowl awarded for the Best Single Rose: Margaret King

Betty Troghton Shield for the Best Petite Flower Arrangement: Sue Ireland-Cutting

Bob Stringer Plate for the Best Hanging Basket: Terry Goss

Peggy Allen Shield for the Best Foliage Plant: Jenny Allen

Derek Kett Trowel for the Best Runner Beans: Val Carse

Beryl Stringer Spoon for the Best Dessert: Sarah Wickham

Alan Pegg Cup for the Best Fushia: Not awarded in 2022

Vegetable Plate for Overall Winner in the Vegetable Category: Sue Gerrard

Mallaby Cup for Overall Winner in the Flower Category: Sue Ireland-Cutting

Howard Cup for Overall Winner in the Cookery Category: Sue Ireland Cutting

Lond-Caulk Cup for the Overall Winner across all categories:  Sue Ireland Cutting

Congratulations to all the winners across all the categories and thank you to everyone who took part.

Proceedings were drawn to a close with an auction of produce. Thanks to the skill of Malcolm Doney, and your generosity, we raise £100 for Society Funds.

And to conclude we have a message from our Chair, Val Carse:

“Fantastic effort from all concerned from the setting up beforehand to the prize giving and taking down at the end. Thanks for all the organising, cake making, rota setting for the tea and cake stall, entries and everything else that we did to make it a great day.

One of the highlights was the entries from Derek Kett and his family - I see from the old Lond-Caulk Cup that Derek was the overall winner at the show for many years going back a long way and he’s still growing fantastic vegetables well into his nineties!

Thanks again, see you all soon”

Kind regards

Sonia Boggis

Secretary, Blythburgh Horticultural Society