Plant Sale 14 May 2022

Heartfelt thanks to all who helped make the Plant Sale such a huge success.  We were astonished at the generosity of all those who donated plants.  Thank you to everybody who gave so generously and bought so avidly.  We intend to run the sale again in May 2023 with the addition of a Plant Creche to assist you in your purchasing.

Photos from the event are in the Gallery


What a delight that the sun shone for our first Spring Show in two years!  How good it felt to be back meeting with friends and neighbours in the Memorial Hall.  Viewing the fabulous exhibits and catching up on news over tea and cake.

Congratulations to all participants, a total of 120 entries made for a great exhibit when the doors opened in the afternoon.  Cookery classes were well represented with everything from loaves of bread through to beautiful Simnel Cakes and jars of chutney.  The colourful array of spring flowers was truly stunning.  Stately narcissi and pretty posies in jam jars all contributing to the display.  Bright red sticks of rhubarb sat alongside trays of lettuce plants next to the always popular children’s entries.  There were some wonderful drawings of The Queen, an excellent crown, models, Easter cards, Easter gardens and cookery – well done to all the children for participating.

Special congratulations to the cup prize winners and sincere thanks to all those that made it happen.  It was good to be back on track, something of a warm up for the Summer Show.

For full results click here and check out the pictures in our gallery.

Stewards needed

We are looking for some friendly folk to help as stewards in the marquee on Capel Show day 20th August.  It’s an easy task helping exhibitors and judges and a training session will be arranged for those who have not acted as stewards previously.  Please do consider participating and we promise you a free tasty lunch on the day!  Contact Mandy Schryver or 07889 756252

Old Friends Lunches

On February 3rd the Horticultural Society took their turn at providing puddings for the Old Friends Lunch (now held monthly in The Crown).  Various committee members provided an amazing selection of sweet delights:  Creme Caramel, Blackberry & Apple Crumble, Bread & Butter pudding, Fruit-filled Pavlova, Apple Sponge, Fruit Salad and Lemon Meringue Pie all served with lashings of cream and custard were extremely well received.

CHS Group Competition

Now is the time to consider entering this year’s Group Competition which will be judged at Capel Show in August.  Any group of 4 – 8 people can enter.  There are different age group categories so whether a primary school student or a member of the Evergreens you can get growing together with friends, have fun and make a magnificent entry of home-grown fruit, flowers, vegetables or herbs at this year’s Capel Show.

Spring Show

We are pleased that our Spring Show will go ahead as planned this year on Sunday 10 April.  Do take some time to look at the schedule and consider an entry.  There are a few new categories in recognition of our Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and plenty for the children to do through the Easter holidays.
We are pleased to re-instate the Potato Competition.  Seed potatoes and sacks will be available at the show for entrants to take away and grow for judging at Capel Show on 20th August.
Even if you don’t make an entry to the show, come along and enjoy a great piece of home made cake and a good cup of tea.  There’s always somebody to chat to and you might even win the star prize of a hamper packed with goodies for the price of a raffle ticket.

Pumpkin Pageant Pays Off!

What a great success this turned out to be. The Horticultural Society issued an invitation to join them on the afternoon of Friday 29 October but had no idea if anyone would actually turn up! At 5.30 we opened the doors and children decked out in fabulous fancy dress were waiting outside with their pumpkins, with more arriving all the time. What a relief!

They were greeted by our resident Witch and ushered into a Halloween themed hall filled with games and competitions.

Our Witch had a very hard job judging the fancy dress as there were some brilliant and imaginative outfits. There could, of course, only be one winner and the prize went to Alysha Chilvers looking suitably ethereal as a very ghostly bride.

Outside the hall the beautifully carved pumpkins were then lined up and lit making a fabulous display. They were of such a high standard that we felt it only right to award three prizes:
1. Theo Axtell
2. Ernie Shaw
3. Tess Axtell

The quiz was won by the Axtell family

The Guess the Name of the Bat was won by Theo Axtell as was Guess the Number of Conkers in a Jar.

Joint winners in the Apple in a Bucket competition, Ethan Letts and Corin Batey. Congratulations to you all.

We were delighted that so many families participated and all seemed to have a great time. It looks as though the Pumpkin Pageant will become an annual fixture in the Capel Horticultural Society calendar. Let’s all get growing our own pumpkins in 2022!


Capel Litter Pick

The usual stalwarts turned out on a mild November Saturday to help keep the village tidy. Thank you to everybody who helped. (Come on the rest of you, it’s only a couple of hours and always a tasty reward of coffee and cake once finished “picking”!) Over 30 bags of rubbish were collected. Pleasingly this was less than the last litter pick, but still too many. We shall be out again next April and would love to see some new faces amongst our regulars.

Summer Fun Challenge 2021

Calling all children under 12!

School has broken up for the summer and we all want sunny carefree days on the beach swimming and eating ice cream. Sadly, not every day can be a beach day and sometimes we are just at home wondering what to do. Why not have a go at our Summer Fun Challenge especially created for children under 12. It will get you out and about in Capel. You might even learn a thing or two about the village and the amazing countryside around us. So, click here to download Capel Horticultural Society’s first ever Summer Fun Challenge, there are prizes to be won, and we look forward to seeing you with your results in September.

Good luck!


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.