Judging for this years Best Plot competition has been confirmed and will take place between Monday 12th and Friday 16th July.
As per previous years members need to ‘opt out’ of the Top Ten Competition if you do not want your plot judged. (Please advise Chairman or Treasurer). The criteria for the judging can be found within the documentation section of this web site.
We are proposing to hold our OPEN DAY this year on Sunday 18th July, from 1:00pm, to which all members and their families are invited, together with friends and the local community. There is, however, a significant amount of work which goes with the event that we need help with from the membership.
To begin with the site needs to be looking its best for the day, so we are having two Working Party Days on Saturday 3rd and Sunday 4th July from 10 am til Noon on each day. Refreshments will be provided on Saturday. As Sunday is the first Sunday in the month, we will be having our normal Coffee Morning anyway, so refreshments and cake will be available. There will be lots of hedge trimming etc that will need to be done so please help if you can.
The main event for the Open Day is the presentation of the prizes for the best plots. There are three categories, The Best Full Plot, The Best Half Plot and The Best Newcomer (New plotholders from1st July 2020 are all eligible). If you do not wish to participate in the competition, please inform Dawn the Treasurer. (email: email@example.com) The Judging for the competition will take place during the first two weeks of July, so there is still time to spruce up your plot! (The judging criteria is available on the website)
Also, at the Open Day we will have a second-hand Book Stall and a raffle, as well as the usual refreshments and cakes. If you are able to make a donation of books, cakes or an item for the raffle please let Dawn know and bring them to either the Coffee Morning on 4th July or on the actual day. If you are able to help out on the day, serving teas, manning a stall etc, please also let Dawn know.
At the event in July, we will be following all the appropriate protocols with regard with regard to the Covid 19 virus, Social Distancing etc. We will also be asking people to check in via the NHS app on our unique QR code.
There is normally a public vote for the Favourite Plot at our Open Day. As this has been cancelled, we have decided to give members the opportunity to vote for their favourite plot. Each member will have one vote. You cannot vote for your own plot! More details to follow.
We are delighted to announce that the committee will still be holding the Best Plot competition this year. Judging will take place in early June. The combination of the beautiful April weather, recent rain and all your hard work means that the plots are already looking great. Keep up the good work and good luck.
Please be aware that the judging of the plots this year, for our annual competition, will take place during the week commencing the 25th June. As is usual, all plots will be examined by our independent judges. (Unless you’ve previously requested exclusion from the competition). The Judges will of course need to gain access to each members plot to closely examine the crops. (The full judging criteria can be found within the documentation section of this site.) Finally, the results will be announced during the open day on the 8th July. Keep it looking its best and Good Luck.
A reminder that this years Best Plots competition will be judged during the week commencing the 26th June. So just two weeks to get your plot in tip top shape. The criteria our independent judges will use to identify the best plots is same as previous years and can be found here:- CRITERIA FOR ALLOTMENT PLOT JUDGING
Please note also that our judges will need to gain access to your individual plots, to check on the quality of the produce etc, unless of course you have opted out of this years competitions. Good luck to all members and the results / awards will of course be notified during our annual open day.
For those members unable to be at the weigh-in this year, the results in reverse order are now detailed below. ‘Judge Doug’ officiated the day and was armed with two sets of scales plus an IKEA maxi blue bag and stated that “although entries were fewer than were hoped, the quality of the produce was exceptional”.
In 3rd place was Holly Godfrey who had grown a perfectly formed and bright orange pumpkin in a well-cared for environment – 4kgs and still growing !! Weighed in situ.
In 2nd Joint places after 3 weighing’s on each pumpkin to verify the weight at 11kgs each were our junior member Joshua on raised bed B and senior member Eileen Blythe on Plot 3a (weighed in situ)
1st Place and overall winner with a pumpkin presented in a wheelbarrow due to its whopping size and a perfect example of a pumpkin was Alan Courts specimen example of 30.75kg
Notes. Judge Doug admitted that he had made a valiant attempt to grow a pumpkin that actually looked like butternut squash !! and only to devoured by rot resulting in a squishy mess some weeks ago. Better luck next year Doug!……….And Alan very well done indeed but just a little way to go to beat a previous champion ! Good luck to you all in next years competition.