Annual Show
Another successful Annual Show thanks to all those folk who got involved. The day
was kind to us and many of the “village” turned up to see the numerous exhibits on show.
The Committee would like to say thank you for all those who helped behind the scenes
stewards, kitchen helpers, people who provided food and raffle prizes. The committee
would like to say a big thanks to Liz Powell for donating a trophy for the Photographic
competition. The number of entries by the children exceeded last year’s total and many of
them were excellent. Jane and Gill you did a great job in encouraging the children to send
in entries. The Committee meet next month to discuss whether we can improve our
organisation for the two shows next year. For the existing members, a list of visiting
speakers is on the new membership cards ~ all of which look interesting, so do get
involved and come along.
Tom Benstead (Chairman)
Another Season another Show
The day dawned fine with the portent of a good display of nature’s bounty. To this end
we were not to be disappointed. Veg of all shapes and size, leeks that resembled triffids,
runners of lengths that could feed a family for the week, toms of every shape and hue and
even that rarest of entries a plate of peaches. On the flowers front a wide ranging display
that entrants had managed regardless of the weather to nurse through to show day. The
flower arrangers skilfully positioned stems into intriguing configurations. Not all classes
in the fruit, veg and flower categories were on parade but considering the awful variations
of weather that we have had to endure it was a heroic effort. The entries in the children’s
section were extensive and gives hope that along with the school’s able assistance they
will form the backbone of future displays.
With entries set out and prior to the show being open to the public the judges performed
their onerous task of trying with Olympic spirit to establish who would be the gold/silver
and bronze winners in their class. With that accomplished, members of the association
who had given freely of their time in getting the show ready plus the judges sat down to a
well deserved lunch.
The day was completed with prize winners being presented with their handsome trophies
by the Gala Queen. Douglas McCowan
Addingham Allotments & Gardens Association
Thursday, 22nd September sees the start of our evening talks at Mount Hermon
beginning with one of our favourite speakers, John Sheard, who will give us a rare insight
into the managing of heather moorland. John Sheard was for many years the estate
manager at Bolton Abbey and has lots of experience and knowledge for you to question
and enjoy listening to.
Popular speaker David Pratt will take us to the west coast of Scotland on Thursday, 27th
October. Both these and the rest of the winter and spring talks start at 7.30pm.
Entry on these nights has been increased to £2 per person member or non member.
Bob Hodgson
Some new younger members are also desperately needed for our Association. Please
pass the word round fellow allotment holders and friends to try recruit some new faces.
It’s a very familiar scene of older faces at our meetings who all work hard but would
appreciate some help. Our new year for subscriptions starts on October 1st at £4.00 per
John Bottomley tells me there is a waiting list for allotments. He exhibited at RHS
Wisley last weekend and has had excellent results with his dahlias.
See what can be done
from this to this!
School News
We are back at school now and will be starting the weekly gardening club next Monday,
working towards putting the garden to bed for the winter. Prizes from the AAGA summer
show will be given out to the children during the next Celebration assembly.
There are still lots of cherry tomatoes ripening, as well as autumn raspberries and our first
Victoria plums and one pear (from the trees planted 6 years ago)
We also have a good crop of pumpkins getting ready for Halloween.
Gill and Jane

Addingham AGA