Ashwater Horticultural Society

The 86th Annual Ashwater Horticultural Society Show

Saturday 17th August 2019

There were plentiful entries to the 86th annual show with many classes having near record numbers. Particularly pleasing was the submission of the skilful variety entered by the children. The colourful displays of flowers and encouraging entry numbers for the Japanese ikebana style made judging a difficult but pleasing task. Vegetable classes, despite the vagaries of the weather leading up to the show were a credit to the entrants and the cookery and preserves tables were fully covered with a delightful array of sweet and savoury dishes. Congratulations to the following winners of the cups and trophies.

1 Perpetual Shield in memory of Mr P Moon for winner of single rose - Jenny Tratt

2 Perpetual Cup in memory of Mr W Gilbert, best exhibit for pot pants - Reiko Davis

3 Perpetual Cup for most points in the flower classes - Fiona Bull

4 Perpetual Shield given by C & T March for ‘Judges Choice’ in flower section - Jenn Tratt

5 Perpetual Rose Bowl given by Mrs W H Cole for best entry in sweet pea classes - Sandy Bone

6 Perpetual Trophy in memory of Marcus Cole for winner of hanging basket - George Webber

7 Perpetual Silver Salver in memory of Elizabeth Burley for patio planter - Tina Drowne

8 Cup presented by Mr A Palmer for best dahlias in flower classes - George Webber

9 Perpetual Shield in memory of Mr May for most points in fruit classes - Phil Luxton

10 Cup presented by Mr A Palmer for best onions in the vegetable class - Sue Luxton

11 Perpetual Shield for ‘Judges Choice’ in the vegetable classes - Diana Snartt

12 Perpetual Challenge Cup presented by T A F Crocker for most points in vegetable classes - Diana Snartt

13 Perpetual Challenge Cup ‘The President’s Cup’ given by Preb. P. Ince for best entry in collection of vegetables - Diana Snartt

14 Perpetual Challenge Shield for the winner of best trug - Diana Snartt

15 Cup presented by Mrs May-Yates for most points preserves class - Diana Snartt

16 Perpetual Cup presented by the WI for most points in the cookery class - Ivan Buxton

17 Challenge Cup presented by Mr H Gillard for most points in the children’s classes aged under 11 years - Amalie Hunt and
Bradley Beare

18 Perpetual Cp presented by Mr F Moore for person between 12 and 16 years gaining most points - Rowan Tidball

19 Cup in memory of Bett Gill for best entry in classes 34-36+53 - Helen Bone


A show society has been in existence since at least 1926. In 2002, it was expanded into a full Gardening Club with talks, visits, walks, plant sales and the show in August each year. This is held in conjunction with the Ashwater Agricultural Show. There are currently around 30 members and the Club is run entirely by volunteers.

Holding relaxed, friendly and informal meetings for lectures, discussion and demonstrations

Having group outings

An annual walk, sometimes with a pub lunch, other times a cider and pasty

Holding an annual horticultural show

Running plant sales to raise funds for local charities and to fund the outings

2018 Events

We have visited Made Well at Hatherleigh, Docton Mill, Hartland Abbey and Trebah Gardens and held a plant sale at the Parish Hall. The Sunflower competition is now over and winners will be presented before the Annual General Meeting om 8th October 2018 in the Parish Hall at 7.00pm (The AGM commences at 7.30pm).

The 85th Annual Show was well attended and the exhibits, despite the difficult growing conditions this summer, were of fine quality with some new winners of cups and trophies. Thank you to all who participated and helped with transporting tables, equipment, setting up exhibits, judging and acting as stewards and generally contributing plus special thanks to the Agricultural Show Committee for arranging for the marquees to be stored and taken to and from the site as well as supervise erection and dismantling.

Winners role of honour: Winner of single rose class, Christine Shead. Best pot plant exhibit, Reiko Davies. Most points in the flowers class, Fiona Bull. Judges choice in the flower section, Reiko Davies. Sweet peas, best entry, Kate Lewens. Hanging basket winner, Marilyn Goulden. Patio planter – George Webber. Best dahlias, Gordon Bennett. Most points in the fruit classes, Fiona Bull. Best onions, Sue Luxton. Judges choice in the vegetables category, Sue Luxton. Most points – vegetables classes, Diana Snart. Best entry in the collection of vegetables, Diana Snartt. Best trug, Sue Luxton. Most points – preserves, Diana Snartt. Most points for cookery, Diane Buxton. Most points in classes for children under 11yrs, Kaitlyn Rose. Most points for children aged 12-16yrs, Rowan Tidball. Most points for peas and beans classes, Sian Chapman.

The trophies are being engraved with winner’s names and will be available at the Annual General Meeting to be held at 7.30pm in the hall on 8th October 2018. Please attend, there will be light refreshments and a fun quiz and the opportunity to either join the society or renew your membership.


Minutes of previous Meeting

Matters Arising

Chairman's Report

Financial Report

Election of Officers

Future Events

Annual General Meeting 9th October 2017

Hon.President: G Bennett

Officers Elected: I Buxton (Treasurer), L Yetman (Acting Secretary), F Bull (Show Secretary)

The meeting adopted the annual accounts and agreed the membershp fees would remain at £5 for individuals and £7 per couple.

A number of new members expressed interest in forming a sub-committee to consider outings and events (additional to the annual show) for 2017/18. A separate meeting will be held for this purpose.

The show will be held in August as usual and as it is the 85th efforts will be made to celebrate this milestone in style.i

84th Ashwater Horticultural Show - 19th August 2017

The show took place in conjunction with the Agricultural Show on the Show Field.

Thanks to the Judges: Mark Preece (Fruit and Vegetables), Penny Jones (Flowers),Steve Morey (Cookery) and Diane Williams (Children and Young People).

Congratulations to the following trophy winners:

Harrison Hunt: (Children's Challenge Cup, Under 11yrs), Rowan Tidball: Perpetual Cup (Ages between 12 and 16).

Winners of most points in the following classes were:

Flowers - Rhonda Fry, Fruit - Stephen Davies, Vegetables - Vernon Anning, Preserves - Lorna Binns, Cookery - Ivan Buxton, Single Rose - Christine Head.

Raffle Winners were: 1st Prize £50, Mr Cole. 2nd Prize £20, R Fry, 3rd Prize £10 C Whitehead.

Joining the Society

There is an annual membership fee of only £5.00 for an individual, £7.00 for a couple and children are free and there is also usually a small fee per meeting. However, you don’t have to be a member to attend the events listed above. Please let us know in advance if you wish to attend any outings (other than events) to ensure there is a space on the coach or admission has been arranged to the various destinations.

Please feel free to come along to one of our meetings and have a chat. If you wish to contact us:

Society Officers:

Letitia Yetman, Secretary 01409 211 131

Ivan Buxton, Treasurer Email:

Gordon Bennett, Hon. President