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HHS Show Report 2023

by Gay Jordan – 8th September 2023
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hhs annual show 2023

Haddenham Horticultural Society hosted its annual show on Saturday 2nd September.

If you weren't able to get along, a selection of photographs is available to see on the Haddenham .net Flickr page.

We are grateful to Carol Mason who kindly took photographs of the prize giving.

The photos are here

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Here's the Show Report, courtesy of Gay Jordan:

After the strange weather that we have experienced since our 2022 Show we were somewhat concerned about how many entries we would get in the vegetable and flower classes and what effect it would have had on the quality of those entries, but overall this worry proved to have been unfounded. Indeed, there was an excellent standard of exhibits across most of the classes, not just the horticultural ones, although for some reason the entries for the photography classes, which are normally very popular, were almost non-existent.

Entries in the art classes were also a little lower than usual, but those in the handicraft and bread classes were higher.

Although the total number of exhibitors was a little lower than last year, once again we were delighted to welcome some first-time entrants. However, we were disappointed not to have attracted more entries in the children's classes, but again this tends to be affected by how the date of the Show interacts with the school holidays.

The special prize given by Haddenham Rotary Club for the best exhibit in the children's section was presented by their representative Humphrey Creed to Julian Beattie, for an excellent painting of a rabbit. The Ian Chalk and the Jean Chalk Trophies were presented by their sons, Andrew, David and Michael. The other trophies were presented by Mick Penn, our President.

The number of visitors to the Show was more or less back to its usual level, although probably not as high as pre-Covid. We also received many favourable comments about the Show itself, with people seeming to enjoy themselves as always, with the wide range of classes providing something of interest for everyone. There were also the usual refreshments, a raffle and a tombola, and the plant stall proved particularly popular.

As usual, we will review the schedule over the next few months to see where changes might prove beneficial and are always open to receiving suggestions from outside the committee, particularly for new classes which might attract youngsters in the over 13 but under 18 age group.

Finally, we would like to say a huge thank you to all the volunteers who helped setting up in advance and on Show day, who play no small part in making the Show the success that it is, and indeed without whom we would not be able to function. Also very many thanks to all those who very kindly donated raffle and tombola prizes.

Please click on the PDFs on this page to see the complete listing of Trophy Winners and recipents of Special Awards

Gay Jordan
September 2023

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