THE NEWS, CHICHESTER OBSERVER, 16th September 2017
August Bank Holiday Monday, a wonderful hot day with blue skies, saw over 6500 people at Emsworth Show. This including paying visitors, EHS volunteers, judges, stewards, staff from attractions and trade stands, marquee exhibitors, and other people involved in the show organisation.The Emsworth Show, organised by Emsworth Horticultural Society, was a success thanks to the devoted support of the people of the Emsworth area. This includes all the keen gardeners in the area, the sponsors, stallholders, arena event attractions, entertainers, amusements, Havant Borough Council, and all the volunteers who carry out all the various tasks to enable the show to go ahead and make such an enjoyable day for the large number of visitors. After a tour of the Exhibition Marquee the Show was opened by the Mayor of Havant, Councillor ElaineShimbart.The Emsworth Show features one of the best horticultural shows in Hampshire, with marching bands, wildlife displays, a fun dog show and lots of stalls for visitors to enjoy. In the NORSE sponsored Main Arena there were events throughout the day including the Quack Pack the amazing sheep dog display, Ferret World, GMG Falconry with a birds of prey flying demonstrations as well as feeding time with an excellent static display, Fit and Funky and Homested Dog Agility.In the SANCTUARY VETsponsored Small Arena there were Havant and Waterlooville Youth Football, Fishbourne Hill Morris Dancers, Lovedean Karate and the ever popular Dog Show.The entries for the Horticultural Exhibition Marquee for the last three years show that 2017 was a record year 2015, 155 Entrants, 798 Entries2016, 126 Entrants, 660 Entries2017, 175 Entrants, 947 Entries
The Devoil Blue Riband, awarded for the Best in Show was won by Allan Chivers, a well known dahlia grower,for three beautiful dahlias. He also won the Tricket Cup for the most points in the Dahlia Section and the National Dahlia Society Silver Medal. The Dahlia display demonstrated the skill of gardeners in creating perfect blooms and keeping the earwigs at bay.The Banksian Medal awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society for the winning themost Prize Money was awarded to William Howarth, who also won the Vice President’s Cup for the most points in Fruit Classes and the Reeves cup for the best gladioli.Peter Rogers, is a renowned young grower who lives in Emsworth, won many of the key cups and prizes in the show, including the Basil Williams Trophy for the highest number of points in the Horticultural classes 1-7, the National Vegetable Society Medal, the Stares Memorial Cup for the most points in the Vegetable Classes, the Phillip’s Trophy for the Best Collection in Class 1 and he was also was Emsworth Champion Gardener. He also grows great flowers winning the Dahlia Championship and receiving the Holliss Memorial Cup, the NDS Bronze Medal, the Jubilee Cup for most points in Roses, and the Fuchsia Society Medal for the Best Fuchsia, and the Emsworth Flower Cup for the Best Flower exhibit.Mrs Pat Carter, also our photographer for the lovely Summer Garden Competition photos was also a good contender winning the Booth Plate for exhibition onions over 250gms and many prizes in vegetable classes. Her friend Rita Sandy was successful in the flower classes winning the Hasking Cup for most points and the Soles Top Vase.The Flower Arranging theme was ‘Beside the Seaside’ and the Emsworth Afternoon Flower Club had a wonderful display of seaside plants and accessories to illustrate the theme. The Mills Cup for the most points was won by won by Mrs Ann Buckley and the Whitehead Flower Cup for the Best Exhibit went to Mrs Wanda Southgate. The entries from the two male entrants were highly imaginative interpreting ‘Flotsam and Jetsam’. The class was won by Mr Andrew Turner.We are very grateful for the support of all our entrants who compete in the show, especially the Young Exhibitors from 4 – 13 who show skills in so many classes. (Click Here to view the Cup Winners List).The Handicraft Section reflected a variety of traditional skills including quilting with large and small quilts and cushions, knitting, canvas and needlepoint and gift cards. The best in this section was a quilt made by Mrs Mollie Truphet winning the Textile Cup. The Crafters Cup for a non-textile item went to Mrs Annette Wood.The Photography Section had a record number of entries making a stunning display across one end of the marquee. The highly regarded judge Peter Rocchiccioli, said it was an outstanding, impressive display of excellent quality. Ms Carrie Davidson won the Millennium Cup for the best photograph. The Young Exhibitor Photographic Section was won by Miss Lisa Fellows.
The prizes in the Exhibition marquee were presented by Lulu Bowerman, one of our local councillors. She also helped as a volunteer on the showground. Our Plant Stall did a brisk trade and many people have taken home interesting new additions to their gardens. The Dog show was very popular with 11 classes attracting 200 entries. The Champion Dog was a Dalmatian Labrador, named Pippa. All this plus a wide variety of stalls, teas and food outlets and children’s’ attractions including train rides, pony rides, roundabouts, face painting, coconut shy and good food to eat. The general impression was that this was a good show with positive reactions from visitors.The weather was excellent with over 6000 people on the ground. There was a Park and Ride Scheme which worked very well.The next Emsworth Show is provisionally booked for Bank Holiday Monday August 2018 and planning will soon be underway. We are already thinking about next year’s show so if you want to join us please contact us if you would like to help. We will publish on line all the contact numbers for stalls, attractions and entertainment as well as a full and revised schedule for the Exhibition Marquee.The show is the result of a great team effort. The Show Committee of the Emsworth Horticultural Society would like to thank all those involved for making it a successful day, especially Havant Borough Council and Norse for their logistical and other support.We greatly appreciate the generosity of The New Life Church at Thorney Road, Emsworth who allowed us to use their land for the Park and Ride, and Emsworth and District Bus Company for providing the buses to give people a free ride to the Show Ground.We also thank all those who came to join in the fun of the arena, to buy at the big range of stalls and share the success of all the entrants to the horticultural exhibits. The show needs you all!!
Some Facebook Comments'There was something for everyone, I was with my grandchildren and my husband, I love the atmosphere particularly for me the music and seeing friends...''We had a wonderful day my brother and his girlfriend visited from Darlington so it was perfect for a family day out ... plenty to see and do well worth the entrance fee... the events were fantastic loved everything from the ducks, dogs, ferrets, falconry to the classic card and motorbikes. We will definitely be there again next year thankyou for an amazing day xxx''Great day, good selection of arts crafts and entertainment. Beer outlets were the icing on the cake for a hot summers day whilst watching the brass band and Pompey Pluckers. Best food for us was Jai's Taste of Asia with freshly cooked authentic foods from afar!'