Capel Show Wows Again

Despite gloomy weather forecasts all week, the sun came out for Capel Show.  The brass band played, the craft stalls kept busy, the horticultural marquee was filled with beautiful exhibits and the classic cars gleamed on Capel Recreation Ground last Saturday.

Over 5000 people turned out for a terrific family day and they certainly enjoyed themselves.  More than 600 classic vehicles were on display.  An excellent collection of motorbikes, cars and commercial vehicles, including a beautifully restored Peugeot H Van and a Police Car that only those “of a certain age” will remember!  The overall car show winner was a Triumph Dolomite.

The Grand Marquee drew the crowds in.  Stunning displays of fruit, flowers and veg sat alongside home baked goods and handicrafts. The children’s classes were well supported showing the imagination and creativity of young people.

Outside folk enjoyed all that was on offer.  Whether it was an ice cream or a cream tea, or maybe a burger and a beer from the bar, the food and beverage fast disappeared.

The fun Dog Show provided plenty of amusement and animal exhibits drew the crowds.  Congratulations to Best Dog in Show, Biscuit and owner Sinead Paddy.

Busy stall holders sold jams, pottery, walking sticks, soft furnishings, children’s clothing and so much more.

It is worth remembering that, after costs, all the monies raised from stall holders fees, entry charges, etc go to help local charities and St John the Baptist Church in Capel. Local organisations also have the opportunity to fundraise.  Some run raffles and tombolas, whilst others provide food and beverage.

Congratulations to all the winners of the horticultural cups and medals.  Especially Sam Jenks for winning the Tyrell-Evans Cup, National Vegetable Society Medal and the Venitt Rose Bowl.  Robert Astrop for winning the Banksian Medal, Tom Foreman Dahlia Cup and the Wilding Silver Cup.  Julia Forsyth for winning the RHS Bronze Medal, National Dahlia Society Silver Medal and the Silliman Cup.

Full Results of all of the Winners are here

Some great photos of the show from Julia Forsyth:

Allotment Results for 2019

Sunday 14 July saw the judging of the annual Capel Allotments Competition. Dave Goodall kindly judged the allotments with Mandy Schryver ably assisting.

The results are as follows:

Capel Recreation Ground allotments – First prize allotment No. 10 Alf Shepherd


Runner up allotment No. 11a /b Nancy Williams


Temple Lane allotments – First prize – allotment No 10 Viv Taylor


Runner up – allotment No 21 Brian Mead


Allotments were judged on cleanliness (weedfree etc.) and variety of cropping.
Dave commented on how the standard at both sites showed marked improvement on last year, so congratulations to all and thank you to Dave (and Mandy).

Another successful Plant Sale

Another hugely successful Plant Sale was organised by the Society last weekend. Villagers queued and crammed themselves into Capel Memorial Hall searching out bargains. Vegetable plants are always popular, whilst colourful bedding plants were quickly sold out. Capel gardens will no doubt be looking glorious over the coming summer months! Thank you to all those who came along whether to help or purchase – happy gardening!

Annual Litter Pick bags 40 sacks

Capel Horticultural Society organised the annual litter pick around the village last weekend (Saturday 27 April). Society members and villagers turned out to collect an amazing 40 black sacks of rubbish as well as garden furniture, a bicycle and a pushchair all left abandoned around the village. A huge “thank you” to those that helped with this community event, and a request to those responsible for the litter – please don’t!

Slinfold Open Gardens

After a break last year, Slinfold gardeners are again throwing their gates open for you to explore five very different gardens, from manicured designs to wildlife friendly apple orchards.


Annual Plant Sale

Capel Horticultural Society invite you to their Annual Plant Sale which takes place at Capel Village Memorial Hall on Saturday 11th May starting promptly at 10 a.m. (Usually all finished by noon.) There will be bedding plants, shrubs, perennials, and village grown vegetable and herb plants on sale at competitive prices.  Tea, coffee and biscuits on offer too As usual we shall be holding a bring and buy Garden Jumble to help boost the Society’s funds.  Plenty of bargains for early visitors.

Capel Horticultural Society Supper & Quiz

Saturday March 9th2019
Capel Village Memorial Hall. 7.00 for 7.30pm


No sooner the Christmas decorations are put away we start on our annual programme of activities.  The menu for our hugely popular quiz night has been decided and now we would like to take your bookings.

Choices this year are:


  • Beef & Ale Stew with Horseradish Spiral Dumplings, baked potato & green salad, or


  • Chicken Valencia, baked potato & green salad, or


  • Potato, leek and cheese pie with green salad, followed by:


  • Rosy Fruit Compote with Yoghurt & Honey


  • Double chocolate fudge cake with cream, or


  • Cheese board


All followed by tea/coffee and mints.  There will be no bar so please remember to bring your own drinks and glasses.


Do please book early as space is limited and every year we sell out. Bookings should be for tables of 8 people.  Please contact Rosemary Goddard on 01306 711259 or email rosemary@stylehurstfarm.comas soon as possible.   Tickets are £16 per head.


We very much look forward to seeing you and please, for those who have not been before, don’t be put off by thinking the quiz is purely horticultural. Our quizmasters cover an eclectic mix of topics.


Jane Major
December 2018



Christmas Wreath/Table Decoration making

Would you like to make your own Christmas Wreath or Table Decoration this year?

Then join us in Capel Parish Hall on Thursday 13 December at 7.30 pm.

All you need to bring is a pair of secateurs, a camera/smart phone would help you remember what to do for future years and if you have greenery from your own garden that you would like to include, bring that along too.  All other components will be provided,

Mince pies, mulled wine or tea/coffee included in the price of £25.00.  Arrive promptly as the evening starts with a demonstration from local professional florist, Vicky Edwards, who will then help you create a stunning Christmas decoration.

There will also be a Christmas themed raffleincluding a delicious Christmas cake to take home and decorate as you wish.

Places are limited, so contact Jane Major as soon as possible.  Tickets must be bought in advance only.  Cheques made out to Capel Horticultural Society.

The Old Joinery
110 The Street