Rules for Shows

The Committee shall have the power to frame such regulations as they think necessary for each Show and such regulations shall form part of the Schedule. All matters not provided for in these regulations shall be left to the determination of the Committee whose decision shall be final. 

All cups and trophies remain the property of the Society and shall be held by the winners for one year only. They must be returned by entry night of the relevant show in a claean and undamaged condition.

The Schedule for each show will be e mailed to each Member one month before the show . This will include presentation guidelines and instructions for specific classes.

Guidelines for Exhibitors

The following advice is offered for preparation and presentation. 


Fruit and Vegetables

  • All fruit should be ripe (except apples and pears), shown with stalks on, show a natural bloom and not be polished. Apples and pears should be fresh, stalks intact, free from blemish and characteristic in shape and colour.
  • Currants should be shown on sprigs - a complete raceme of berries, best detached from the plant with scissors without any woody base.
  • Wash all roots and clean brassicas. Lettuces, cabbages and cauliflower must have 76mm of stalk showing.
  • Beet and Carrots should have 76mm of stalk showing.
  • Onions (except spring onions) shallots and garlic should have their tops cut off and tied down, and the rough outside skin removed but not too deeply to show white/green.
  • Shallots should be shown as separate bulbs, not clusters, tops neatly tied and on a plate of rice which is supplied.
  • Peas and beans should be shown with the stalks and blooms left on.
  • Potatoes should be between 200 and 250g in weight.
  • Marrows should be even and young, table size and should not exceed 350mm.
  • All produce is judged on condition, size, shape, colour and uniformity. All things being equal, presentation will count.

Flowers and other sections

  • Generally flowers are judged on their condition , stems, foliage form of flower, colour, size and uniformity. Remove dead leaves and those with holes. Presentation will count.
  • Roses may be shown with or without foliage and may be included in classes for shrubs unless expressly excluded.
  • An annual is a plant grown from seed which naturally and ordinarily seeds and dies within 12 months.
  • A shrub is defined as a plant lower than a tree which produces woody stems.
  • Sweet peas may be included in classes for annuals.
  • The arrangement and presentation of flowers , and florets exhibited on a board, will be taken into consideration in close competition.
  • Division II plant materials may be bought, unless otherwise stated in the schedule. Fruit (edible or non-edible) may be used including berries, seed heads and cones. Accessories are optional.
  • In arrangements, wires and oasis should be unobtrusive.

Cookery and Crafts

  • All food should be covered in a transparent cover.
  • Use your own white china plates - NO PAPER PLATES
  • All preserves (jams, pickles, chutney etc) must be clearly labelled with contents and date in full. Pickles and chutneys should be at least 2 months old. Fruit curds must only be covered with a waxed disc and cellophane. Jars must be filled to the top.
  • In hand knits, care should be taken with the finishing and pressing of all garments, taking note of the instructions on the ball labels. Do not join wool in the middle of a row and leave no loose ends.
  • Embroidery should be neatly finished, without any loose ends, knots on the back or creases and pressed lightly if necessary. 



  • All photographs must be mounted or framed
  • Maximum print size shall be 22cm x 15cm





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