Annual Produce Show and Fun Day, Monday 26th August 2019
Watnall Allotments and Gardens Association held its Annual Show on August Bank Holiday Monday and this year for the first time it was held in the WI Hall, Main Road, Watnall.
Entries for the vegetable, fruit and flower classes were judged by Mr. John Harrison and the domestic classes were judged by the President of Watnall WI, Mrs. Joyce Widdowson and Mrs Melanie Clay, another WI member. A Show Guide listing all the classes is available here.
Click here for the full set of 2019 Annual Show results.
And here for the list of 2019 trophy winners.
The show was open to the public in the afternoon, with the sales of cream teas and presentation of awards by the Chair of Greasley Parish Council Cllr. Mrs June Layton. The winner of the most points in show was Mr. Bryan Warhurst, who also won the most points in the vegetable classes and best exhibit in the show. Mrs. Lyn Barwick won the most points in the domestic classes.
A new addition to the show this year was a Fun Day, a community event held on the Allotments site on Main Road during the morning whilst the show entries were judged. Local residents, allotment holders, their friends and families visited the site to explore the plots of some of the winners of the various allotment competitions, buy plants and produce donated by allotment members, enjoy a BBQ and take part in the scarecrow competition, 'I Spy' and 'guess the weed' quizzes.
The Chairman of the Allotment Association , Mr. Andy Gillaspy unveiled and dedicated a bench for the Honorary Life Members of the Association, of which there are 5. The bench was provided by the Association and a donation from Mr. Ron Beeson an Honorary member who retired last year having been an allotment member since 1947.
The Show and Fun Day was sponsored by the Fernwood Group, Gillotts Funeral Directors, Watson's Estate Agents and The White Lion at Swingate. Local shops and businesses provided raffle prizes.
£1200 was raised though raffle ticket sales and the events, the proceeds of which will be shared between 3 charities;
- Age UK -Nottingham and Notts branch
- Nottingham Night Stop- a charity which supports young people with safe, emergency accommodation until support agencies take over.
- Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust
A list of the winning raffle ticket numbers can be found here.
Main raffle prizes are:
- Chatsworth House and Gardens Family voucher and meal voucher
- Meal for 4 with Prosecco at the White Lion at Swingate
- £50 Love to Shop voucher
Additional raffle prizes include:
- Red Letter Days Tea for Two
- £25 Meal voucher for the Queen's Head Watnall
- £20 Hair and Beauty voucher at W Creative
- £20 Reuben Shaw's garden vouchers
- Floral arrangement from Bee's Flowers
- £25 Visa voucher from Barrett Homes
- Blue Monkey beer box
2018 Show summary
In 2018 we opened up our traditional produce show to all, combining it with a day of fun activities for all the community! The Royal Oak hosted a beer festival and bouncy castle alongside our Show. Thanks to a number of generous local sponsors (see below) we held a successful raffle which raised a considerable sum for Rumbletums Cafe in Kimberley, and the Allotments Association.
Staging started at 10am, followed by judging from 11.00am. During this time, JOHN STIRLAND from Radio Nottingham hosted a Gardeners’ Question Time session. The show then opened to the public from 12.30pm and presentations were made at 3.30pm.
The produce categories were judged by Dave Hodgkinson, local produce grower and winner of many awards at local and national shows.
The domestic categories were judged by Mrs Jessie Clarke, experienced domestic science teacher and local fundraiser for cancer research. Awards were presented by Councillor Mrs June Layton, Chairman of Greasley Parish Council.
The winner of the Malcolm Head Memorial Shield for the Most Points in Show was Bryan Warhurst. Tony Grahame was runner up and Norman Pyart took 3rd place.
Shields and trophies were also awarded in many additional categories, and a full list of all the winners can be seen here: Show 2018 full results.
Congratulations to all those who entered.
Our thanks to the following sponsors of our Show:
Gillots Funeral Directors
Watsons Estate Agents
East Midland Diamond Drilling
Additional prizes were donated by:
The Belfry Hotel Nottingham
Durban House Eastwood
Horse and Groom Moorgreen
The Royal Oak Watnall
Thanks to our judges and awards presenter for supporting our event. Thanks also to landlord Zac and manager Reece at The Royal Oak who provided the venue free of charge.