Association’s growing show proves a blossoming success

Ella Hodkinson, the most successful exhibitor in the children's section. Photo by Carole Bowman.
Ella Hodkinson, the most successful exhibitor in the children's section. Photo by Carole Bowman.

Ingleton Horticultural Association held its Annual Show and Exhibition at Ingleborough Community Centre on Saturday.

Before presenting awards and trophies to the winning exhibitors, the chairman of the society, John Tennant, thanked the organisers, helpers and exhibitors as well as the committee for their work over the year.

First time exhibitor, Janet Spencer from Ingleton, with her prize winning cherry tomatoes. Photo by Carole Bowman.

First time exhibitor, Janet Spencer from Ingleton, with her prize winning cherry tomatoes. Photo by Carole Bowman.

He remarked on the encouraging number of new exhibitors at the show and hoped these numbers would continue to grow to give support to this traditional local show.

There had been a fear that entries would be down due to a mild winter and the hot dry summer months, but this wasn’t borne out on the day, though numbers attending the Show seemed to be a 
little down – perhaps 
everyone was out enjoying the sunshine!

Hugh and Linda Redhead took the Bownass Challenge Cup for most points in the show, and their all-round performance in the vegetable and flower classes yielded quite a collection of the other trophies.

They included the Humpage Challenge Trophy for most points in the onion and shallot classes, best local rose, best rose and best sweet peas.

Heather Dawson swept the boards in the floral art classes. Photo by Carole Bowman.

Heather Dawson swept the boards in the floral art classes. Photo by Carole Bowman.

There was a tie for the most for the most points in the vegetable section, with Hugh and Linda sharing the trophy with Dan Unsworth.

Dan Unsworth took first in the combined carrot and parsnip classes. He received the Association’s Trophy for the Best Exhibit in the Local Section and, just as last year, the National Vegetable Society Medal for the best exhibit in the Vegetable classes, a pair of stump-rooted carrots.

First time exhibitor, Janet Spencer of Ingleton made a good start to showing at Ingleton, winning two of the three tomato classes in the vegetable section.

Her spaghetti squash and pot of herbs were clear winners too.

In the flower section, Harry Carr swept the board in the Chrysanthemum classes, winning the National Chrysanthemum Society Silver Medal as well as the Fuchsia Society Spoon for the best fuchsia exhibit.

Dave Woodhouse showed the best dahlia, with his entry judged the best overall in the horticultural section for which he earned the Westmorland and North Lancashire Federation of Horticultural Show Society’s Blue Ribbon.

Mrs B Taylor was the overall points winner in the Domestic section, and Gill Ormrod took the best in section prize for her loaf of bread. In the floral art section, Heather Dawson took first place in all four classes and winner in the novice class was Hilary 
Rigby.

This year, Ella Hodkinson gained the highest number of points in the children’s section.

Ella also won cups for an arrangement of flowers and best handicraft in the over 10s.

Tommy Cockett won the best exhibit in the children’s section with Jake Tilburn, Freya Plowright and Dan Whiteley taking home cups and trophies. The youngest child to win a first prize was five-year-old Alice Ellwood for a fantastic, imaginary 
animal.

Well done to all the children who made a tremendous effort to take part in this community event.