SHOW REPORTS 2009 – A report from the Show Secretary


Once again our luck held out with the weather, so many of the entries were of a very high standard.  This also meant that the entries overall were slightly higher than last year.  I was pleased to see an entry in the Franklin Rose Bowl which was won by Peter Haffrey from Eastbourne, but I would like to see more exhibitors from the Crawley area entering this class.
The Sweet Peas were wonderful this year and the Bradshaw Cup was won by Dennis Collins, well done Dennis.

The floral classes were also very good and once again Joan Thrift won the C.D. Wales Cup.   I am puzzled as to why more of you don’t enter this class so perhaps you could think about it in 2010.

Again I was pleased to see a slight increase in the number of people entering the show and I hope this continues next year.


It was wonderful to see so many entries in the Vegetable and Fruit Classes that it did cause some problems trying to fit everything in, but it was worth it.  Again I was pleased to see two entries in the John Bass Cup which was won by Dennis Collins.  Some of you may have seen the photograph printed by the Crawley News as they came and took several photos.


Sadly this show didn’t live up to my expectations as exhibitor numbers were down as were the number of entries.  This was possibly due to the fact that the show was a week later than we normally hold it, hopefully things will improve next year.


We were delighted with the response we had for the Spring show.  Once again exhibitor numbers were up as was the number of people coming to see the show.  We do hope this trend is going to continue into the Summer and Autumn shows.

The daffodils were excellent despite concerns that there would not be many, but the stars of the show were the camellias.  They were wonderful! - I do not think we have had so many in previous shows. However, we must not forget all the entries in the other classes, many of which were beautiful in their own right.

Our new judge for the Domestic classes was very impressed with the standard of the entries and could not believe that we actually had four entries in the Simnel Cake class.  However, I was disappointed that we are not attracting more children into their classes.  Perhaps next year we will see more of them.

Thank you to everyone who exhibited and to those who came to see the show, I hope you found it enjoyable.

Christine Martin


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