YET MORE CANCELLATIONS ………………. OUR SUMMER SHOW

Most disappointingly, after numerous Committee Meetings, the decision has been taken not to run the Capel Show again until August 2022. Despite the government’s plan to lift all restrictions from 21 June, the uncertainty of both future government policy and the very nature of the path COVID takes really left little alternative. Of paramount importance is the safety and well being of all those involved with the show as well as our villagers and visitors from further afield. Whilst we are desperate to bring some normality back to the life of our community, we feel it prudent to wait a while longer.

Do keep growing your splendid fruit, flowers and vegetables. Even if they cannot be exhibited at the show they will certainly be enjoyed at the table or in the garden. Take a few minutes to read Sally Griffin’s gardening column in the Capel Magazine and keep an eye on this website, especially for Chris’s Tips – a monthly guide to what to do in the garden. We may also be able to arrange some talks later in the year and details will, in due course, be found here.

COVID Cancellations

We are truly saddened to advise that this year there will be no Spring Show or Plant Sale. We have debated long and hard the possibility of running these events in a different format and come to the conclusion that we can neither do so safely or within the bounds of the law. Looking ahead to 2022 we fully intend to return to organising these popular village occasions.

Capel Crocuses

Over the past years the Society has planted daffodils on the verges throughout the village. Last autumn members got together and planted crocuses on the green opposite The Old Forge Surgery. We hope everybody is enjoying the results in the spring sunshine.

What a load of Rubbish!!

The Horticultural Society organised their Spring Litter Pick – socially distanced of course – last weekend. On Saturday 6 March around 20 stalwarts turned out equipped with gloves, sturdy footwear, some hi-vis clothing and litter pickers. Working through the village and surrounding roadsides they collected nearly 40 bags of litter and rubbish, not to mention a few abandoned road signs along the way.

Thank you to all who helped make the village look a better place. Each time we organise a litter pick we hope there will be no need for any more – sadly not the case.

Litter Pick

Thank you to all those who chose to take their daily exercise litter picking last Saturday! Our regular army of litter pickers turned out and filled just 18 bags with rubbish. This was a vast improvement on the 40+ bags collected in September. Here’s hoping this trend continues downwards.

Litter Pick

Do please come and join the team for another village litter pick 10.30 Saturday 7th November gathering in Capel Memorial Hall car park. Remember to wear suitable footwear and gloves. We aim to finish by noon.

AGM

Our Annual General Meeting, scheduled for 10th November, will not now be taking place. The relevant reports can be viewed by clicking here. Should you have any comments or queries please contact our Chairman, preferably by email. Thank you.

Lockdown Flower Show

We are pleased to announce the results of our Lockdown Flower Show. Many thanks to all who participated and congratulations to our winners in the following categories:

Mixed Herbaceous bed or border: 1st Barbara Gowlland; 2nd Alison Jermyn

Kitchen garden, bed or equivalent: Joint 1st Judy Cranham and Alison Jermyn; 2nd Paul Styles

Patio garden: 1st Belinda Hood; 2nd Paul Styles

Secret garden or area: 1st Paul Styles; 2nd Joey Hopkins

Wildlife garden or area: 1st Dot Thorp

Greenhouse: 1st Rosemary Goddard; 2nd Dot Thorp

Children’s garden: Great marrow growing and den building!

Photos of the Winning entries are available to view here

Record Breaking Potato Crop

Whilst, sadly, Capel Show took a year off, the Horticultural Society did manage to run their annual Potatoes in a Bag Competition judged on the recreation ground last Saturday 15 August. Congratulations to Chris Coke who not only grew the heaviest crop in the history of the competition (3.73k) but also the heaviest single potato weighing in at 540g. Judy Watts was the runner up with a crop weighing 1.52k.

Well done to all who participated.

More photos in the Gallery