HOOK FLOWER & PRODUCE SHOW – Sunday 13th September
Firstly, thank you to everyone who volunteered to be part of the In Bloom team and make the day and project so successful. Thank you too to our sponsors, de Jager Bulbs, Redfields Home of Garden Living and Hortus Loci for enabling us to give our competition winners such generous prizes.
Thank you Maggie for taking on the unenviable task of being our Show Secretary and to Dr. Jane Worlock, Chairman of Hook Parish Council, for running a very successful tombola and then presenting the prizes.
The sun certainly shone on this year’s Hook Flower & Produce Show at the Elizabeth Hall and we had a brilliant day thanks to all our exhibitors, visitors and the volunteers that gave up their time freely to make it such a (socially distanced) success.
Congratulations to everyone who won a category and especially to Robert Herron of Ashlea who walked away with the coveted ‘Best in Show Trophy’ (a most wins and placements formula decides who wins) this year. Brilliant Robert – well done!
Despite the fact that we couldn’t publicise it as widely as we normally do (it was hard to commit until the last minute that it was going ahead, plus we didn’t want to incur lots of print costs nor have too many visitors that we couldn’t cope), the weather no doubt encouraged a good turnout. Thank you to everyone who supported our track and trace, social distancing one-way system, sanitized, wore face coverings and enjoyed socially distanced (waitress served) tea and cakes in the garden.
Our independent judges were also glad to support us because all other villages have cancelled their shows this year. So, it’s thank you to all of them too for turning out and judging the 250 superb entries.
The Hook Flower and Produce Show, brought to the village by Hook In Bloom, Hook Village Halls and Hook Allotments Association, is a real village affair and there were many comments about a real community feel. Entry, unusually for events like this, was free for both exhibitors and visitors, but people helped to keep it free for future years by supporting our produce and book stalls, entering the tombola and enjoying scrumptious cake, cream teas and drinks. What a lovely way of spending a beautiful Sunday afternoon when there is so much we cannot do in the way we are used to doing.
The annual presentation to the Hook In Bloom winners rounded off the day and they are:
Redfields Home of Garden Living Trophy for the Most Attractive Front Garden
Michael Graham, 10 Raven Road, who won a £25 Redfields voucher
Highly Commended Front Garden Category:
Patricia and Norman Howard, 10 Mead Hatchgate, who won a gardening book
Carole and Bob Warren, 3 Vetch Field who won a £25 Redfields voucher
Highly Commended Hanging Basket Category:
Gwen Hussey, 3 Raven Road, who won a garden book
Diana Reynolds, 3 Cherry Close, who won gardening books
The Hook Parish Council Trophy for the Most Attractive Business Premises:
Laura Faulkner, The Hogget, who won a £25 de Jager bulb voucher
The Worlock Trophy for the Best Hotel, Restaurant or Pub:
Richard Sanders, Crooked Billet, who won a £25 de Jager bulb voucher
Mac and Lucy, Plots 41a and 46b, who won £25 Hortus Loci Plant Centre voucher
Maggie & Martin Liang, Plot 20a, who won £10 gardening voucher
Barbara & Keith Corbey, Plot 20ab, who won £10 gardening voucher
It was very difficult to judge the competition this year, what with Covid and not being able to buy plants easily and the variable weather – first hot then cool. Despite all this, lots of people had lovely front gardens and hanging baskets plus it was very difficult to decide on winners because we couldn’t go around together. Instead, we took photos, shared them, and a committee of keen gardeners voted on the placement. There were quite a few people who nearly won.
Sadly, the owners of both the Crooked Billet and The Hogget, who always enjoy the annual rivalry couldn’t attend the presentation because the sun was shining, and they needed to be working in the businesses. So, let’s say huge congratulations and wish them all the best going forward and into 2021.
It was wonderful that relative newcomers, Mac and Lucy, won the trophy for the best allotment. They have only had an allotment for a short while and they have really got into the spirit of allotment gardening. Their allotments are superb, they started with one and then expanded to a second, and they crop really well.
To decide who the Best Newcomers should be was a very hard job for the judges, so they decided on two best newcomer plots, Maggie and Martin Liang and Barbara and Keith Corbey, with the plotholders both winning £10 worth of vouchers.