Lavant Horticultural Society, Lavant, Chichester

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Autumn Flower Competition

Helped by the unseasonably warm weather, entries were at an exceptionally high level:

15 members brought a total of 41 individual exhibits,compared with 34 in 2017 and 33 in 2016.

Particularly impressive were the Vase of Garden Flowers and Autumn Flower Arrangement classes, not only by the number of entries, but also by their quality. Together with the dahlias, they put on a really glorious display.

Statistics show a 50% increase in entries for both apple classes (from 2 to 3 !!) - not a good year for apples; hopefully 2019 will see many more entries

Wednesday 10th October

Browse through the various exhibits


The overall winner was Roger Hart,

particularly successful with his dahlias.

Thanks to Connie Ellison for many of the photos used in this report

ANNUAL SHOW 2018   Saturday 4th August

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This year our local community event proved as popular as ever.

A large number of visitors came on a sunny Saturday afternoon to see the

Memorial Hall gloriously full with exhibits. Many stayed on to enjoy refreshments and catch up with friends in the marquee on the Village Green, an enhancement generously provided by Lavant Parish Council.

Firstly the freezing spring, then the summer's exceptional heat & drought; so the surprisingly high number of entries and their good quality was very encouraging. At 416, the number of individual entries even exceeded last year's record.

The 54 exhibitors included some more non-members - local residents and allotment holders. Out of all those who entered, 60% won a first prize in at least one class, and 80% won a prize of some kind.

One highlight was the inaugural presentation of the Graham Kelly Memorial Cup, donated by his widow, Diane, for the best exhibit in the vegetable classes, which had always been Graham's forte.

Their daughter, Claire presented the Cup to Michael Kingsford, awarded to his tomatoes, although Ben Smith's aubergines had come very close.

In winning the Paxtons Cup, Jack Vaughan, aged 10, did exceptionally well in the photography classes, winning one and getting a third in another, against stiff competition from the other exhibitors, all adults.

Sales of produce from the Show raised £52 for the Lavant Friendly Club.

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Trophy Winners

Link to list of trophy winners

Handicrafts (click to enlarge)

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Home Produce (click to enlarge)

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Winning Photos 2018

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Flower Arrangements

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Spring Flower Competition  Wednesday 14th March

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After the onslaught of the "Beast from the East" the surprising thing was not that entries were down on last year, but that they had held up so well, especially the daffodils and the hellebores.

This year's new class, Flowering House Plant, was introduced to avoid the effects of inclement weather, so it was pleasing to see that it attracted some good entries.

The overall winner of the Competition was Michael Kingsford; however, all 16 entrants, several participating for the first time, made a valuable contribution to an encouraging display.

XXXSee all the results here

Link to 2018 results