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Spring Show Report 2024

The weather was actually quite kind to us on Sunday 7th April, as we held our Spring Show in the Victory Room.  It rained only a few spots and whilst very breezy, it wasn't the gales we had seen in previous days.  Mother Nature has certainly tested all gardeners in recent months, with the endless rain meaning gardens are waterlogged, bulbs rotting in the soil and the slugs having a field day. The very mild temperatures meant many plants were bold enough to spring into action early, only to be battered by the high winds which then arrived. However the gardeners in Bucklebury managed to find some outstanding blooms to exhibit in the Spring Show and the benches were a fabulous display of colour.

We had a familiar face as our judge this year, Eric Salt, a member of the Society for many decades before moving out of the area, returned to judge our classes.  Eric, who exhibits his own daffodils very successfully in the national competitions, complimented exhibitors on their blooms and the great array of exhibits.

As is often the case with the daffodil classes, there were some challenges identifying which bloom should be in which class.  Eric has very kindly agreed to review our schedule to make things clearer. Watch out for next year's schedule as the classes may change!

Whilst the numbers were down on last year, we had a very good show with 80 entries.

Our cup winners were:
Debby Reynolds - Highest points in classes 1 -12.
Sue Glover - Highest points in classes 13 - 17
John Smart  - Winner of the pot plant (class 18)
Eddie Smith - Best exhibit in show
Eddie Smith - The National Daffodil Society Medal

Visitor numbers were good in the afternoon and everybody enjoyed catching up over tea and cakes. There were some lucky winners in the raffle and the Century Club draw.

Thank you to everybody for your continued support and for those who battled the elements to find exhibits - well done!

Wishing you a productive and hopefully drier spring, I look forward to seeing your entries at the Summer Show on Saturday 6th July.  

Kind regards

Jane West
Show Secretary