Successes at the Garden and Allotment Show
We received a record number of entries for the Show on 16th September in spite of the rather challenging growing conditions this year. There were 41 exhibitors and a total of 202 entries.
- Fruit and Vegetables classes : Jim Knight
- Domestic classes : Christine Green
- Floral classes : Marion Blacktin
- Children’s classes : Sam May
- ‘Best in Show’ went to : Linda Thurlow for a magnificent aubergine.
Photographic Competition winners:
- Sam May
- Serenity Stock
Thank you very much to everyone who entered anything, it made the day a real success.
As well as the exhibits to admire, Alan and Wendy Rattue brought along a selection of their postcards and photographs of the village. Cake and cream teas were enjoyed too.
Many thanks to Alan and Wendy, the judges Roger and Jenny Dungey, Rev Jenny who presented the prizes, the people who donated raffle prizes and the hardworking committee.
Raffle Prizes were donated by :
- The George and Dragon
- The Bull
- Emily Rose hairdresser
- Solemate Reflexology
- Fortune’s House
- and committee members
Advanced Notice : Next year we will be adding a jar of chutney and a bottle of spirit based liqueur to our schedule. Make the most of this autumn’s bountiful harvest to make a start on these and on your homemade wine which was a new class this year.
Carole Moore (Chairperson)
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!