Annual Village Produce Show
Sunday 16th September 2018
The Allotment Association will be holding its Annual Produce Show which will take place in the War Memorial Hall on Sunday 16th September between 14:00 and 16:00 (Free Entry).
There will be the usual vegetable classes, a flower section, a children’s section, a photographic competition and a domestic section.
Show entries will be accepted between 10:00 and noon. Show entry form available via the link https://www.watton-pc.org.uk/files/Allotment show 2018 form.pdf.
Refreshments will be available. Look forward to seeing you.
The Watton-at-Stone allotments are a long-established feature of the village and are situated behind the High Street on Church land. They reached their heyday during the 1939-45 war when “Dig for Victory “was the incentive to grow your own food.
Now allotments holders grow fruit, vegetables and flowers knowing that what they produce is healthy and fresh. At the same time, they are cutting down on their household food bills and contributing to their “five a day”.
The allotments are run and administered by the Parish Council and applications for a plot should be made to Mrs. Jane Allsop (Clerk) on 01920 830330.
An active Allotment and Garden Association was formed in 2004 to assist village allotment-holders and gardeners in the pursuit of their hobby. Membership is free to allotment holders, but others may join for an annual subscription of £5. A Lottery grant enabled the Association to erect a rabbit-proof fence around the most vulnerable boundaries, and this has been extended to the remaining unfenced area.
From time to time The Association makes manure available on-site, at a nominal charge. In addition, there is an agreement with another local allotment-association’s whereby canes, fertilizers and other garden sundries can be purchased at a very advantageous rate.
In previous years a 40% discount has been obtained on packeted flower and vegetable seed from a well known national seed company. Catalogues are available in January from David Wilkinson (01920 420574) or you can email your request to email@example.com with your contact details. Soft fruit bushes and plants at wholesale prices from growers of healthy certified stock can also be obtained and surplus plants from other allotment holders can usually be swapped. Advice from other allotment holders is freely available: just ask!
The Allotment & Gardening Association Annual Produce Show now in its 6th Year took place in the Memorial Hall, High Street, Watton-at-Stone on Sunday 10th September.
Another successful year for the show which saw over 130 entries from 21 exhibitors. The Show covers vegetables, fruit, flowers, bakery items, jams & preserves and a children’s section.
The category winners chosen by the judges were as follows with the presentation of trophies made by the Rector, Revd Jenny Gray:-
- Children’s Section: Joint Winners: Cormac Green & Max Stewart
- Cut Flowers: Carol Moore
- Domestic Class: Christine Green
- Fruit & Vegetable: John Love
- The Best in Show winner this year went to David Wilkinson’s entry of a Collection of Vegetables.
Congratulations to all our winners and a big thank you to all who took part in a very successful show.
The Association also ran a Young Photographers’ Competition for the first time which proved to be a great success and the committee hope to build on this year’s success and run another competition next year. This year’s winner of the under 12 age group was Sam May and the winner of 12 to 17 group was Jesse Beach.
A very BIG thank-you to our local businesses who kindly donated raffle prizes: Bridget B’s, The Bull, The George & Dragon, Emily Rose Hair & Beauty Boutique & Watton Village Stores. And a BIG thank-you also to the sponsors of the prizes for the Young Photographers’ Competition: Room-By- Room (UK) Ltd & S P Cranstone Ltd.
We look forward to seeing you again in 2018.