The 65th Annual Show of the Over Kellet and District Horticultural Society was held in Over Kellet Village Hall on Saturday, September 14, and attracted a similar number of entries to the previous year but a significant increase in afternoon visitors.
As in previous years, entries came from both society members and non-members across North Lancashire and South Cumbria.
The guest opener was Yvonne Cannon, head gardener from Holker Hall, Cark-in-Cartmel, which the society visited in May this year.
In her opening remarks Yvonne recalled how she had gained a very early interest of gardening in her young years both by growing and entry into the shows, both with horticultural and cookery exhibits.
Particular encouragement was provided to the younger exhibitors both during her opening remarks and award of trophies.
Show day was blessed with excellent weather and, in his opening remarks, Eric Butler, show organiser, also referred to the weather pattern throughout the 2013 growing season and its effect on the horticultural entries.
andards were good, both open and local flower sections experienced a drop in entries due to earlier hot weather shortening the flowering periods.
However, in the fruit and vegetable sections, the reverse had happened and the end result was that total entry for all horticultural classes was the same as last year.
Cookery saw similar numbers to 2012, whilst craft showed an increase, the only drop being in the children’s and young persons’ section.
Thanking all those who had contributed to getting the show up and running, he pointed out that a total of 50 members had contributed in one way or another towards getting the show underway.
This represented one to every 10 show exhibits or nearly one in four of the society’s adult members.
When it came to trophies, Kevin Briggs of Warton with five trophies won the Members’ Challenge Trophy for the member with most points, whilst Brian Noon of Lancaster took six trophies including both the RHS Banksian Medal for most prize money and the trophy for the best horticultural entry in show.
In other sections, Delia Marwood of Carnforth and Sue Ward of Nether Kellet each won two cookery trophies whilst craft trophies were well distributed.
The children’s and young persons trophies were shared equally by the Meaden family of Over Kellet and the Burkhart family of Caton.