Saturday, 24 July 2021

Spring show in the snow

GARDENERS braved snow and freezing winds to take part in this year’s Goring Greenfingers’ spring show.

GARDENERS braved snow and freezing winds to take part in this year’s Goring Greenfingers’ spring show.

Despite a sudden Arctic blast, scores of entrants and about 70 visitors attended the event at the village hall on Saturday, March 23.

The afternoon included plant sales and a tombola and tea and cakes were served throughout.

The show, now in its fifth year, awarded more than 30 prizes in three classes of flowers, vegetables and cookery with 108 entries.

There were no entries in the grape hyacinth or tulip categories because of the unusually cold weather this spring.

Show chairwoman Jeanne Davis said: “I came to the hall to set up at 8am and it was absolutely freezing with snow falling. We all wondered whether anybody would turn up but our members came up trumps with some absolutely lovely entries.

“When you walked into the hall, it was like a little dose of spring — there were plenty of wonderful flowers so we needn’t have worried.

“There weren’t as many entries as in previous years but the great thing was people had made the effort.

“We didn’t have as many visitors as we would have liked either but we can understand why people wanted to stay indoors.

“Despite the lower numbers, it was financially successful and well worth putting on.”

The society, which celebrated its 20th birthday last year, will hold its 18th annual summer show at the village hall on August 17.

The show results were as follows:

Davis Cup for most points in show — Jacqueline Wilkins

Junior Cup for most points in show — Jessica Coutts and Shima Smith (tie)

Best exhibit in show — Chloe Coutts for vase of hellebores


Specimen bloom of trumpet daffodil — Jacqueline Wilkins

Specimen bloom or stem of narcissus — Derek Leary

Vase of trumpet daffodils — Jim Thomas

Vase of narcissi — Jacqueline Wilkins

Vase of narcissi with more than one bloom on each stem — Jim Thomas

Vase of miniature daffodils — Margaret Robson

One specimen bloom of tulip — 1 Not awarded, 2 Margaret Robson

Vase of hellebores — Chloe Coutts

Vase of polyanthus — 1 Not awarded, 2 David Woodage

Vase of primroses, five stems —Lisa Perkins

Vase of violas — Jacqueline Wilkins

Vase of any other flower — Jacqueline Wilkins

Vase of mixed spring flowers with their own foliage — Margaret Robson

Vase of flowering trees or shrubs, mixed — David Watts

Pot or bowl of any flowering plant(s) — David Watts

Pot or bowl of any flowering plant(s), children — 1 Shima Smith, 2 Millie Smith, 3 Florence Smith

Free-standing patio container of any size with a mixture of any flowering plants, including bulbs, corms or tubers — David Woodage

Spring floral arrangement — Jacqueline Wilkins

Spring posy — Jacqueline Wilkins

Children’s posy — Jessica Coutts


Rhubarb — Jim Thomas

Any other vegetable — Derek Leary


Jar of pumpkin chutney — Jacqueline Wilkins

Jar of orange marmalade — Jacqueline Wilkins

Simnel cake — Jeanne Davis

Easter biscuits — Jeanne Davis

lTHE Goring Heath and Whitchurch spring show will be held at Goring Heath parish hall from 2.30pm to 4pm tomorrow (Saturday).

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