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.
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
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.
The Capel Show Committee was so disappointed not to be able to hold our wonderful annual show this year but the standard of the allotments that we have just judged lifted our spirits enormously.
The judges were unable to remember such a high overall standard. The Capel Recreation Ground allotments in particular looked spectacular; they were an absolute pleasure to judge.
The winners are as follows:
Capel Recreation Ground:
First Prize: Alf Shepherd
Reserve: Phil Simons
First Prize: Terry Ward
Reserve: Ian Jones
You can view photos of the Winners’ allotments on the Gallery page
This worthwhile charity has organised an online gardening competition. Details can be found on their website at https://perennial.org.uk/home/how-you-can-help/gardening-competition/
This competition involves sending in photos of your garden with a £5 entry fee to fulfil one of the 10 different categories. These will be judged by a panel of well-known gardeners and you could win a £250 garden hamper.
Each year since 1893 an annual Flower Show has been held in Capel. Only the war years prevented it taking place (1940-46). This spring we have been fighting a different battle altogether and it looks as though we shall be doing so for some time to come. In line with current government guidance, and with the well-being of our local community firmly in mind, the CHS Committee have reluctantly made the decision not to proceed with this year’s event. We are however all looking forward to producing a truly fabulous Capel Show next year, on 21 August 2021
Now, some good news …………
Judging of the Allotment Competition (Temple Lane and Recreation Ground) will still go ahead on Sunday 12 July.
For those of you taking part in the Potato Competition, do keep going and we shall figure out a way of judging the heaviest crop over the weekend 15/16 August.
Indeed, do all keep busy in your gardens as we are looking at organising a Garden Competition – something along the lines of Open Gardens but without the people!
We are also hoping to provide some projects for children to enjoy during summer days at home.
For more information on all of the above we shall of course update you monthly through these pages
Why don’t you join in by making a scarecrow, for your front garden, to thank one of these “key workers,” or others you can think of!
Let’s see them brighten up our village, from 18 April
Won’t that make walks more fun?
Can you grow the heaviest single potato?
Or the heaviest crop of potatoes in a sack?
Capel Horticultural Society will be running its “Potato in a Sack” competition again this year.
Growing potatoes is easy and lots of fun for all the family, and a great introduction to producing your very own vegetables. The winner of the 2019 competition produced a crop of potatoes weighing just under 3 kilos. Can you beat that?
You can collect your free potato with hints and tips on how to grow and look after your potato from outside the front door of Chestnut House, 93 The Street, Capel, RH5 5JX (next to the school), on Saturday April 4 and Sunday April 5.
In the interests of reducing plastic usage we are not giving out sacks this year. We suggest you recycle last year’s bag, if you have it, or use an old plastic compost sack to grow your potatoes in. We do have a small number of sacks and compost bags if needed.
The Potato in a Sack Competition will be judged on Saturday August 15 at the Capel Show. Just bring your full potato sack to the marquee in the morning where your sack will be emptied and your potatoes weighed.
So we can contact you before the Capel Show with the arrangements for entering the competition, please email the Show Secretary – CHS_ShowSec@btinternet.com – to let us know you have collected a potato.
The winner of the heaviest crop of potatoes and the winner of the heaviest single potato will be presented with a certificate and, of course, their prize money.
Capel Horticultural Society
Capel Horticultural Society committee have reluctantly decided to postpone the Quiz Night and Supper planned for Saturday 21 March. This popular event has been rescheduled for Saturday 3rd October in Capel Memorial Hall.