Addingham Allotments and Gardens Association held their Annual Show on Saturday, 10th August. The show was well supported by both exhibitors who entered their high quality entries in a range of categories and classes and the visitors who braved the torrential rain to come out and view them.

The number of entries in the vegetable and fruit classes was lower than in recent years. This was not surprising as the weather conditions this year have made it difficult to grow quality produce, which will have resulted in some exhibitors being reluctant to put forward entries for judging. There were, however, multiple entries in most of the classes and the quality of the entries was generally good.

The flower classes were by contrast more popular and they resulted in a colourful and hugely impressive display that included dahlias, sweet peas, roses, annuals and house plants.

The increase in the number of exhibits in the floral art classes, compared to last year resulted in an attractive, quality competition, the home craft classes were popular with the “bake off” classes in particular providing the judge with a challenge to select the winners, there were more than ten entries for the jam and jelly class while the standard and range of exhibits in the various handicrafts showcased the exhibitor’s high level of skills and talent. There was a good display of photographs in two classes and a large number of colourful and attractive entries for the three children’s classes.

Thanks are due to the Association’s committee, friends, exhibitors and the judges whose hard work and support made the show a success and to the visitors who came to view the exhibits and enjoy the refreshments.

Prize winners were presented with their trophies by the Association’s President, Bill Preston; Best in Vegetables to Jeff Walbank for his perfect looking cherry tomatoes, the Best Collection of Vegetables and Most Points in Vegetables to Jeff Walbank, Best in Fruit to S Tomlinson for three attractive dessert apples, Best in Flowers to C Hollings for a stunning orchid, Best in Dahlias to Ramon Porter, Best in Roses to M Tetley, Best in Sweet Peas to Bill Preston, Best in Floral Art to Alexis McCowan for her inventive and attractive entry within a seashell, Best for a Handtied Bouquet to Natalie Smith, Best in Homecraft to Wendy Green for her clever and detailed laundry model within a empty detergent bottle, Most points in Homecraft to Marion Harding, Best Photograph to Heather Maud, Best in Children’s section to Harry Mayo and for the Most Points in the Show to Jeff Walbank.

The Parish Council’s trophies were presented for Best Allotment to David Park and for Best Commercial Frontage to The Fleece. Addingham Garden Friends awards were made for Best Front Garden to Tony and Dawn Brady and for Best Hanging Basket to L Parish.

The Association are keen to encourage more competitors to enter their shows. Potential exhibitors are reminded that to enter you do not need to live in Addingham, have an allotment or even a garden to take part. This year, for the first time, ‘Novice’ classes were introduced in the vegetable, fruit and flower sections with the intention to encourage potential new exhibitors to participate in the show for the first time and then, hopefully, become regular participants in the future. It was encouraging for the future of the show that there were a number of entries for these classes.

The Association’s next show will be the Spring Show, which will be held in April 2020. Full details will be published in the show schedule and on the Association’s website http://addinghamaga.org.uk/.

The full set of results for the Annual Show are;

Vegetables; Broad Beans, 1 J Walbank, 2 J Cooke, 3 M Goodwin; Runner Beans, 1 M Harding, 2 M Goodwin; Dwarf and Climbing Beans, 1 M Robinson, 2 J Walbank, 3 M Harding; Longest Runner Bean, 1 M Harding; Carrots, 1 R Porter; Cabbage, 1 J Cooke; Courgette, 1 M Harding, 2 J Cooke; Cucumber 1 J Walbank, 2 J Cooke, 3 D McCowan; Marrow, 1 J Cooke, 2 J Walbank; Onions (max. weight of 250g each), 1 J Walbank; Shallots, 1 J Walbank, 2 M Harding; Potatoes White, 1 J Walbank, 2 J Cooke, 3 R Appleyard; Potatoes Coloured, 1 J Wallbank, 2 J Cooke, 3 J Cooke; Tomatoes,1 G Emsley-Sharp, 2 J Walbank, G Emsley-Sharp; Tomatoes Cherry, 1 J Walbank, 2 W Preston, 3 A Robinson; Beetroot, 1 J Walbank, 2 R Appleyard; Rhubarb, 1 G Emsley-Sharp, 2 M Cross, G Emsley-Sharp; Any Other Vegetable, 1 J Cooke, 2 J Walbank, 3 J Walbank; Collection of vegetables, 1 J Walbank; Novice Class, 1 M Goodwin, 2 M Goodwin.

Fruit; Dessert Apples, 1 S Tomlinson, 2 P Hindle, 3 M Harding; Cooking Apples, 1 S Tomlinson, 2 C Acomb, 3 D Adams; Dish of Hard Fruit, 1 S Tomlinson; Dish of Berries, 1 J Cooke, 2 G Emsley-Sharp, 3 G Emsley-Sharp; Novice Class, 1 M Goodwin.

Flowers; Vase of Dahlias (same variety), 1 R Porter, 2 W Preston, 3 W Preston; Vase of Dahlias (any mix of varieties), 1 R Porter, 2 J Cooke, 3 C Hindle; Sweet Peas (any variety or mix of varieties), 1 W Preston, 2 W Preston, 3 D Griffith; Sweet Peas (one variety), 1 W Preston, 2 R Porter, 3 W Preston; Gladioli, 1 R Appleyard; One Hybrid Tea Rose for Scent, 1 R Appleyard, 2 M Tetley, 3 M Harding; Three Roses (any variety), 1 M Tetley; Three stems of Roses (same variety), 1 M Jarrett, 2 M Tetley, 3 D Griffith; Annuals, 1 S Appleyard, 2 J Cooke; Perennials, 1 A McCowan, 2 M Harding, 3 M Goodwin; Pelargonium/Geranium, 1 C Hollings, 2 C Hollings; Pot Plant, 1 C Hollings, 2 J Cooke, 3 M Goodwin; One vase of Mixed Flowering Stems, 1 J Tomlinson, 2 P Atkinson, 3 S Appleyard; Herb in a Pot, M Goodwin; Jam Jar of Mixed Herbs, 1 A McCowan, 2 D Griffith, 3 J Cooke; Novice Class, 1 D Griffith, 2 J Robertshaw, 3 M Goodwin.

Homecrafts; Jams and Preserves; Jam or Jelly Preserve, 1 C Hindle, 2 P Atkinson, 3 C Acomb; Lemon Curd, 1 M Cross, 2 C Hindle; Marmalade, 1 P Atkinson, 2 E Powell, 3 J Tomlinson; Baking; Loaf of Bread, 1 R Appleyard, 2 C Pickard, 3 C Acomb; Biscuits, 1 C Pickard, 2 J Tomlinson, 3 A Robinson; Savoury Tart/Quiche, 1 E Powell, 2 M Goodwin; Lemon Drizzle Cake, 1 E Powell, 2 M Goodwin, 3 P Cooke; Victoria Sandwich, 1 J Acomb, 2 M Tetley, 3 E Powell; Tray Bakes, 1 C Pickard, 2 J Acomb, 3 J Tomlinson; Handicrafts; Knitted or Crocheted item, 1 M Harding, 2 L Lister, 3 M Harding; Embroidery or Cross Stitch, 1 W Green 2 J Tomlinson, 3 M Harding; Patchwork or Quilting, 1 M Harding; Handmade Greetings Card, 1 M Harding, 2 J Acomb, 3 A Powell; Any Other Craft, 1 W Green, 2 F Pickard, 3 J Acomb.

Floral Art; A Hand Tied Bouquet, 1 N Smith, 2 N Smith; An Arrangement of Flowers in an Unusual Container, 1 A McCowan, 2 A Powell, 3 N Smith; Table Arrangement to mark Queen Victoria’s Bicentenary, 2 A Powell.

Photography; Photograph depicting ‘Everything in the Garden is Rosy’, 1 G Walbank, 2 P Titterington; Photograph depicting ‘The Height of Summer’, 1 H Maud, 2 G Maud, 3 S Appleyard.

Children’s Section; Reception and Years 1 and 2, Plant Label using a Lollipop Stick, 1 Leo Cousins, 2 Harry Calvet, 3 Lenny Hatch; Years 3 and 4, Design a Window Box, 1 Freya Robinson, 2 Jasmine Hancock, 3 Natty Truss; Years 5 and 6, Illustrate the poem “Dew-Drops” by Mildred L Elliott, 1 Harry Mayo, 2 Hermione HL, 3 Livvi Rutter.