ADDINGHAM Allotments and Gardens Association’s 37th Spring Flower Show was well supported by local gardeners and schoolchildren.
The Association’s Spring Show was held at Addingham Memorial Hall, Main Street, on Saturday. After an early frost the weather was dry and sunny  for show day.
Following last year’s record entries it was thought that due to the very unseasonal mild weather this Winter entries would probably be down this year due to most of the daffodils in the area having ‘gone over’ already but no – to our delight,  the same number of exhibitors, having scoured the shady depths of their gardens and allotments entered only a slightly fewer number of exhibits.  These figures were  enhanced by 162  exhibits from the children of Addingham School (their biggest entry ever).  An upside was that several exhibitors took advantage of the glorious blossoms available this year.
Visitors and exhibitors filled the hall, admired the items on display, enjoyed the coffee morning and caught up with friends. The display of entries was enhanced by a glorious display of that most beautiful of plants, Primula Auricula, put together by Jeff Walbank from his stock and which received many admiring comments.  The recently added Art class was very well supported again with 11 entries and the judge, Susan Ross, was very complimentary.
At the presentation, Chairman Douglas McCowan paid tribute to the loss of Tom Benstead, our previous Chairman, who  passed away a short while ago. Tom spent thirty years being involved with all aspects of the association and his family have donated a handsome trophy in his honour for the best in the Orchid class.  The trophy was presented by Tom’s wife Christine to the winner C Hollings who kindly agreed to his entries being raffled off for support to the Association. This was done by John Bottomley who achieved a great response to his auctioneering banter and had to be restrained from auctioning off other prize exhibits.
Douglas  presented the Low Mill Cup to  Don Barrett for best vase of 10 daffodils; the Children’s Shield to Esme Robson and the Best in Show trophy to J Acomb for her magnificent tulips
Douglas thanked everybody, on and off the committee, who had assisted with the show. Too many to list by name but thanks go to Alexi McCowan and her ladies in the kitchen, all the committee members who worked hard from 7.30am, Margaret Porter and Natalie Smith for the onerous task of registration, Peter Hindle and Robert Appleyard for their valued manpower and Sue Appleyard for her assistance to Ramon, the Show Secretary.  Thanks also to the caretaker and the judges: Peter Smith (flowers), Liz Powell (Baking), Susan Ross (Art),  Stephanie Edwards (Floral Art), Larry James (Photography) and Pat Nayler and Elaine Ackroyd (Children’s). The committee are very grateful to all who provided raffle prizes.
The results were:  FLOWERS 1. 10 mixed daffodils 1 D Barrett 2 Southfield Garden Group 3 J Cooke; 3 trumpet daffodils 1 R Appleyard 2 J Walbank; 3 cup daffodils 1 O Hurst 2 O Hurst 3 C Hindle; 3 multiflowered/double daffodils 1 J Cooke 2 J. Cooke 3 M Pearce;3 miniature daffodils 1 J Walbank 2 J Cooke 3 P Atkinson; 3 multicoloured/bi-coloured daffodils 1 J Cooke 2 J Cooke 3 R Appleyard; 3 cut tulips 1 J Cooke 2 J Cooke 3 J Acomb; 5 cut primulae/polyanthus 1  P Atkinson 2 J Acomb 3 H Acomb; Vase of tree/shrub flowers 1 D Barrett 2 J Cooke 3 S Appleyard; Hellebore 1 stem 1 H Smith 2 H Smith 3 S Appleyard; Violas 2 colours 1 J Walbank 2 S Appleyard; Single stem, any other flower 1 P Atkinson 2 C Hindle 3 D Barrett; Pot or bowl of flowering alpine or rockery plants 1 J Walbank 2 H Edwards 3 J Walbank; Specimen succulent/cactus 1. D Barrett; Container of growing bulbs or corms 1 J Acomb 2 M Pearce 3 D Barrett; Orchid 1 C Hollings; 2 C Hollings 3 A McGowan; Primula in pot 1 J Walbank 2 J Walbank 3 D Barrett; Foliage pot plant 1 D Barrett; 2 C Hollings 3 J Acomb; Flowering pot plant 1. C Hindle
FLORAL ART  The First Wedding Anniversary 1 A Powell 2 J Carpenter;
A Summer Garden 1 J Carpenter, 2 A McGowan
PHOTOGRAPHY Autumn Glory 1 D Barrett 2 P Severs 3 P Severs; Party Time 1. D Barrett
ART 1 A Walker 2 M Harding 3 E Fielding
MEN’S BAKING Chocolate Cake 1 D Thompson 2 R Appleyard; A Loaf 1 R Appleyard 2 M Robinson
CHILDREN’S CLASSES Reception/Year 1 & 2  Spring flower collage 1 Joe Lynch 2 Heidi Moore 3 Jacob Robinson; Year 3/4 Decorate a flower pot 1 Kian Foster 2 Abigail Jennings 3 Kian Short; Year 5/6  Design a bird table 1 Esme Robson 2 Anna Mulligan 3 Archie Smith