2023 Annual Show

The Society’s Annual Flower & Produce Show took place on Saturday 19th August and was very successful. 567 entries were on display in categories covering flowers, vegetables, fruit, floral art, wine, cookery, handicraft, photography and children’s entries. The Society was delighted to welcome 16 new exhibitors.   Visitors were treated to a wonderful display of exhibits which filled the village hall and they were also able to enjoy a welcome cup of tea and a slice of home-made cake.


The cups & trophies were presented by Andrew Davey from Craft Nurseries of Lawford (the main sponsors of the show). Trophy winners were:- 

R J Croxon Tankard (Most Points Ardleigh Residents Only Classes) – Kevin Jackson

E C Catling Cup (Runner Up Most Points Ardleigh Residents Only Classes) - Chris Whitfield

S H Every Cup (Most Points Fruit & Vegetables) – John Culley

The Bill Sparkes Salver (Best Vegetable Exhibit) – Chris Whitfield

G Osborne Cup (Most Points Flowers) – Kevin Jackson

The Connie Revill Trophy (Best Gladiolus Exhibit) - Andy Owens

Mrs B Sparling Special Prize (Best Flower Exhibit) – Andy Owens

W Hudson Cup (Most Points Dahlias) – Roger Cook

The Patrick and Lilian Sparling Memorial Salver (Best Dahlia Exhibit) – Andy Owens

W J Freeman Cup (Most Points Flower Arranging) – Rosie Skeet

Best Flower Arranging Exhibit – Diana Whitfield

Mrs E Clayton Cup (Most Points Wine) – Linda Spinks

Best Exhibit of wine – Linda Spinks

Mrs V Mowles Cup (Most Points Cookery) – Diana Whitfield

The Downing Salver (Best Cookery Exhibit) – Diana Whitfield

L S Trew Cup (Most Points Handicrafts) – Rosie Jackson

Best Handicrafts Exhibit – Sue Browne

JM and BK Pearce Camera Cup (Most Points Photography) – Pat Ainger

D Underdown Trophy (Runner Up Most Points Photography) – John Wood

Best Photography Exhibit – John Wood

Mrs R Parsons Cup (Most Points Children 4 Years and Under) – Leo Bruce

Dorothy Culley Cup (Most Points Children 5 to 8 Years) – Orla Dundon

J Snell Cup (Most Points Children 9 to 13 years) – Dylan Mason

David Sibley Shield (Best exhibit in the Children's Classes) – Lucas Bonney

The Edwards Shield (Best exhibit St.Mary's School Gardening Club class) – Joseph Coombs

Lynne Askham Perpetual Rose Bowl (Most Points in Home Crafts – Cookery, Handicrafts & Flower Arranging) – Diana Whitfield

Brian Dundon Cup (New Exhibitor with most points all classes) – Rosie Skeet

Gordon Locke Shield (Most Points Ardleigh Resident all classes) – Kevin Jackson

Mrs R Parsons Shield (Most Points All Classes) – Kevin Jackson


The Society would like to thank Craft Nurseries, the main sponsor of the show, and Percival Engineering, The Debbie Millar School of Dance, Brantham Mill Crafts, Ardleigh Garden Maintenance and the Jubilee Restaurant who all sponsored sections of the show and David Mason who transported the tables for us.   The Society is most grateful to all the exhibitors and all those who helped make the show a success.


 A date for your diary - next year’s show will be on Saturday 17th August 2024


Some photos from the Show

Best Exhibits

 Best Vegetable Exhibit 2023    Best Gladiolus Exhibit 2023    Best Flower Exhibit 2023

  Best Vegetable Exhibit

3 carrots with tops trimmed to approximately 3”/7.5cm.  Chris Whitfield



 Best Gladiolus Exhibit

3 spikes of Gladioli.  Andy Owens 



 Best Flower Exhibit

1 vase of 10 stems of mixed flowers of at least 3 different genus.  Andy Owens




 Best Dahlia Exhibit 2023    Best Decorative (Flower Arranging) Exhibit 2023    Best Wine Exhibit 2023

 Best Dahlia Exhibit

3 vases of any cultivar of dahlias – 3 blooms per vase.  Andy Owens


Best Decorative (Flower Arranging) Exhibit

A decorated hat or headdress.  Diana Whitfield


Best Wine Exhibit

1 bottle of dry fruit wine.  Linda Spinks





Best Cookery Exhibit 2023


Best Handicraft Exhibit 2023


Best Photography Exhibit 2023

Best Cookery Exhibit

5 pieces of tray bake.  Diana Whitfield


Best Handicraft Exhibit

A Hat.   Sue Browne 


Best Photography Exhibit

Close Up.  John Wood


Best Children's Exhibit 2023

  Best exhibit in St Marys School Gardening Club Class     

Best Children's Exhibit

A painted stone  (Ages 5 to 8 years).  Lucas Bonney


Best Exhibit St Mary's School

Gardening Club Class

3 beetroot in a pot.   Joseph Coombs

Thank you to our Photography Judge - John Merison for taking the following photos of the show  
Judging taking place        
general 1   general 2   general 3
Our Sponsors       The Trophies
 Thank you 1   Thank you 2    Trophies 1 
Ardleigh Residents Only Section  - Sponsored In Memory of Ted and Dorothy Culley    
Ardleigh Residents 1   Ardleigh Residents 2    
Ardleigh Residents 3    Ardleigh Residents 4    Ardleigh Residents potatoes 
Open Fruit & Veg Section - Sponsored by Percival Engineering  
 Open veg 1    Open veg 2    
 Flowers Section - sponsored by Ardleigh Garden Maintenance    
 Flowers 2    Flowers 3   Flowers 4 
 Flowers 1    Flowers 5    
Dahlia Section - sponsored by Percival Engineering      
 Dahlias 1    Dahlias 2    
Decorative Section (Flower Arranging) - sponsored by Diana & Chris Whitfield in Memory of Ishbel Simpson
 Decorative 1    Decorative 2    
Wine Section - sponsored by Percival Engineering      
Cookery Section - sponsored by Jubilee Restaurant      
 Cookery 1    Cookery 2   Cookery 3 
Handicrafts Section - sponsored by Brantham Mill Crafts    
 Handicraft 2    Handicraft 3   Handicraft 4 
Photography Section - sponsored by Andy & Judy Owens    
 Photos 1    photos 3   photos 6 
Children's Section - sponsored by Debbie Millar School of Dance    
 childrens 1    childrens 2   childrens 3 
childrens 5   childrens 6   childrens 7