Cabbages, chrysanthemums and cars at Capel’s biggest ever show

Capel Show 2013
Capel Show 2013

Despite the weather forecast record numbers visited the Capel Show last Saturday. The huge marquee was packed with 700 entries ranging from cupcakes to carrots, amazing dahlias, flower arrangements and perfect vegetables sat alongside creative handicrafts and photographic entries.

Chris Coke, chairman of Capel Horticultural Society, said: “Considering the weather conditions over the summer months I have been delighted at the high quality of the horticultural exhibits this year as well as the record breaking number of entries.”

Robert Astrop won 5 of the top horticultural prizes, including the Royal Horticultural Society’s Bronze Medal for the most meritorious exhibit in cut flowers and pot plants, whilst Chris Coke won the coveted Banksian Medal as the overall winner of horticultural classes. Sam Jenks won 4 awards including the National Vegetable Society Medal for the most meritorious vegetable exhibit (see results below)

Capel Show offered something for everybody – the youngsters enjoyed a puppet show as well as getting up close to sheep and rabbits. There were more new stalls than ever before as well as the regulars offering good food, tea and cakes. This year there were almost 600 classic cars and bikes on display.

Mandy Schryver, who organises all that goes on in the showground, said: ” We think this was a vintage year and definitely our best show yet. New exhibitors included Parrot Rescue, several artisan stalls and Wheels for Heroes from the Princess of Wales Regiment. The fun dog show had double the entries of the previous year. Even a rain shower could not dampen spirits, everybody had so much fun.”



BANKSIAN MEDAL - Winner 2013 Chris Coke, overall winner of horticultural classes (largest amount of prize money). Last 2 winners excluded 2011 Laurence Attridge, 2012 Sam Jenks

RHS BRONZE MEDAL - Robert Astrop, most meritorious exhibit in cut flowers and pot plant classes

NATIONAL DAHLIA SOCIETY SILVER MEDAL - Robert Astrop, most meritorious dahlia exhibit

NATIONAL DAHLIA SOCIETY BRONZE MEDAL - Robert Astrop, second most meritorious dahlia exhibit

NATIONAL VEGETABLE SOCIETY MEDAL - Sam Jenks, most meritorious vegetable exhibit (excluding the veg. collection)

WILDING SILVER CUP - Robert Astrop, most point in flower and pot plant classes

TOM FOREMAN DAHLIA CUP - Robert Astrop, collection of dahlias

TYRELL-EVANS SILVER CUP - Sam Jenks, most point in fruit and vegetable classes

GRUNDY CUP FOR FRUIT - Carol Cobb, most meritorious fruit exhibit

BROADWOOD SILVER CUP - Julie Hinton, collection of vegetables

MONICA JOHNSTONE SILVER CUP - Ben Ashwood, collection of unusual vegetables

VENITT ROSE BOWL - Sam Jenks, collection of flowers and vegetables

WOOLNOUGH ROSE BOWL - Alexandra Fairbrother, most meritorious flower arranging exhibit, chosen by popular vote

SOCIETY CUP FOR FLOWER ARRANGING - Alexandra Fairbrother, most point in flower arranging classes

JUDGE’S CHOICE CUP - Alexandra Fairbrother, presented by Dr Christina Curtis for the most meritorious flower exhibit, awarded by the judge

KNIGHT SILVER CUP - Gaye Neve, most meritorious cookery exhibit

JANET MILLS SILVER SALVER - Anne Cole, most points in cookery classes

KEARTON SILVER CUP - Emily Adams, a selection for afternoon tea

MARY THORP SHIELD - Lucas Fairbrother, highest number of points in children’s handicraft classes – all ages

JENKS MILLENIUM CUP - Laura Grundy, second highest number of points in children’s handicraft classes – all ages

GREENWOOD CHILDREN’S CUP FOR 2-4 YEAR OLDS - Nya Rose, presented by Mr and Mrs Norman Greenwood for the highest number of points in cookery classes for 2-4 year olds

SELFE CHILDREN’S COOKERY CUP - Ben Ware, presented by Mr and Mrs B Selfe for most points in cookery classes for 5-7 year olds

GREENWOOD CHILDREN’S COOKERY CUP - Tilly Glavin, highest number of points in cookery classes for 8 – 12 year olds

COLLINSON FAMILY AWARD - Emily Adams, presented by the Collinson family for most meritorious entry in cookery classes for 13 – 15 year olds

CREATIVE ART AWARD - Rebecca Pusey, presented by the Margetts family for the best young adult creative artist (13 – 15 year olds)

ROSE-GLAVIN AWARD - Tommy Hughes, presented for the most artistic representation in Class 546 for young adults

COWARD CUP - Hannah Margetts, presented by Mr and Mrs Clive Coward for the most meritorious children’s photograph

SET OF COLOURED PENS - Fraser Brearley, colouring competition

SOCIETY SILVER BOWL - Tammy Mitchell, most points in handicraft classes

BARNETT CUP - Tammy Mitchell, most meritorious handicraft

CAPEL CAMERA CLUB SHIELD - Jan Birch, most meritorious photograph

KEN NEWELL AWARD - The Fairbrother Family, the family (up to 3 children and 2 adults) gaining the most points

CLEAR SILVER CUP - Adam Chamberlain, presented by the Society for the best Recreation Ground allotment

HOUGH SILVER CUP - Dick Stevens, presented by the Society for the best Temple Lane allotment

CAPEL PHOTOGRAPHY CUP - Stan Venitt, most points in photography classes

Photos by Stan Venitt

Report contributed by Capel Horticultural Society