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.

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.