New pumpkin champion crowned

Dilly Cooper with her winning carved pumpkin SUS-151111-105612001
Dilly Cooper with her winning carved pumpkin SUS-151111-105612001

There was a great turnout for the Copsale Hall Pumpkin Day last month.

The sun shone as pumpkins of all shapes and sizes arrived at the Hall for judging.

David Spencer of Horsham was crowned as the new Copsale Hall pumpkin champion for growing the largest pumpkin.

He has entered every year since the competition began four years ago and this is the first time he has taken the title.

As well as the coveted trophy, he won a £25 voucher generously donated by Hillier Garden Centre.

Another prize winner was Dilly Cooper who won the Judge’s Favourite Carved Pumpkin. Judges, Duncan England, David Hilliam of Mannings Heath Horticultural Society and Phillip Martin of Hillier Garden Centre had a tough decision to make, as the style, size and shape of all the pumpkins varied hugely.

At 11am the curtains were drawn and the lights switched off so they could be seen in their full spooky glory, illuminated only by tiny battery operated tea lights.

Visitors enjoyed bacon butties and hot drinks before taking their pumpkins home in time for Halloween

If you are interested in entering next year, please see for details.

Report and pictures contributed by Copsale Hall.