Daz­zling dahlias at gar­den­ing club show

Hinckley Times - - LETTERS - RACHEL PAR­RISH rachel.par­rish@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

DOZENS of dahlias daz­zled vis­i­tors to Burbage Gar­den­ing Club’s 71st an­nual open show.

More than 70 of the stun­ning blooms were en­tered in the club’s renowned Dahlia Cham­pi­onship, con­tested by grow­ers from across the coun­try.

It was won by Mac Walker from Belper in Der­byshire, who was awarded the Bill Green­away An­nual Tankard in recog­ni­tion of the achieve­ment.

Mr Walker also won the W L Ran­dall Per­pet­ual Chal­lenge Cup for the best ex­hibit in show, held at Hast­ings High School.

The show’s other classes at­tracted more than 650 en­tries, with nearly 80 more in the chil­dren’s classes.

Chil­dren’s tro­phies were won by Harry Gam­ble, Lucy Gam­ble, Lilli-Grace Gam­ble, Zade Hex­tall, Emily Ward and Ni­cole Shaw.

Adult cups went to Chris­tine God­frey, Judy Hex­tall, Linda Caswell, Trevor All­coat, Mac Walker, Dave Bag­gott, John Lee, Phil Burgess, Judy Buck­ell, Ian Hex­tall, Terry Leach, D Spencer, Alan John­son, Adel Whit­worth, Claire He­witt and Barbara Fletcher.

Phil Burgess from Stoke Gold­ing won the Jack Ball Chal­lenge Cup for the most first prizes in the veg­etable sec­tion and also the Burbage Gar­den­ing Club An­nual Chal­lenge Tray for the most points in the whole show.

The Doreen and Harold Hodge An­nual BGC Memo­rial Tro­phy for the best ex­hibit in the veg­etable sec­tion went to D Spencer and Terry Leach from Whet­stone won the RHS Banksian Medal for the most points gained in the hor­ti­cul­tural classes.

The cups and tro­phies were pre­sented by Burbage Her­itage Group sec­re­tary Ann Crab­tree.

Bob Gwynn, of Burbage Gar­den­ing Club, said: “De­spite the lack of dahlias this year due to poorer grow­ing con­di­tions the dis­play in the main hall was still very im­pres­sive and gave the vis­it­ing pub­lic a won­der­ful spec­ta­cle.

“The club would like to thank all of the ex­hibitors who sup­ported the show and also all of the lo­cal busi­nesses who spon­sored classes, pro­vided raf­fle prizes or ad­ver­tised in the sched­ule, as with­out them there would be no show.”

Do­na­tions made in lieu of an en­trance fee to­talled £270 and are to ben­e­fit Mill Lodge at Nar­bor­ough which sup­ports peo­ple suf­fer­ing from Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease.

The club will boost that amount to more than £600 with money raised at its an­nual plant auc­tion and do­na­tions made at its gar­den trad­ing store.

Gar­den­ing Club meets on the first Tues­day of each month at Burbage Con­sti­tu­tional Club where it hosts speak­ers on gar­den­ing re­lated sub­jects.

Vis­i­tors are wel­come for £2 per meet­ing. An­nual mem­ber­ship costs £10.

From left, Harry Gam­ble, Lilli-Grace Gam­ble, Lucy Gam­ble and Zade Hex­tall were among win­ners of chil­dren’s classes at Burbage Gar­den­ing Club’s 71st an­nual open show

Alana Barby, ma­tron at Mill Lodge in Nar­bor­ough which sup­ports peo­ple with Hunt­ing­ton’s dis­ease and Burbage Gar­den­ing Club mem­ber Bob Gwynn at the club’s 71st an­nual open show, which col­lected money for the cause

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