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The Plough

2019 Annual Competition and Fuddle

Annual Potato, Bean and Dahlia Competition - Monday 16th September 2019

It was a lovely mild and sunny evening in Hopwass Close in Averham, where our host Maureen Justice welcomed 22 ASK Garden and Social Club members for our annual  growing competition and fuddle.  We began the evening socialising and enjoying a sumptuous buffet of food contributed by all members and drinks supplied by our host Maureen, assisted by neighbours and club members Mo and Nigel.   

The Competition: Members had been given a bucket earlier in the year in which to plant a potato, a runner bean to grow in their own garden and a Dahlia bulb to plant.

The winner of the competitions would be the grower of the longest bean, the bucket with the most potatoes in weight and the grower of the best Dahlia. There were spuds in buckets and beans in abundance!  The committee had their work cut out weighing, measuring and recording the results under the watchful eye of members very keen to find out if they had the winning spuds or beans.   Bribery was offered and sabotage attempted but none successfully!  

The Results

Daryl Fletcher won by a long way (or weight) with his potatoes weighing in at 5lb 6oz, followed by Ann Speir with a very respectable 3lb 13oz and 3rd came Jane Cappendale with 3lb 12oz.

The wooden spoon prize was awarded to Brian Jobling for his potatoes (or were they peas!) weighing 9oz. (What happened Brian?)

Barbara Armstrong came first with a very lengthy 28” bean, closely followed by Nigel Miller who managed to grow his bean to just over 26” ¼”and even more closely followed by Maureen Justice’s at 26”exactly.

Nigel Britton our chair person was awarded the wooden spoon for his 10 ½” bean!!  I’m not saying a word!!

There were some beautiful single Dahlias presented to the table, unfortunately none of which were mine ‘cos the slugs had first pick.

Steve Emeny being a non-club member was asked to judge the best Dahlia and after some thought and deliberation (he knows nothing about flowers) decided Maureen Justice was the winner with her beautiful large burgundy bloom.  Perhaps he does know something about flowers after all!!

To finish the evening we were all treated with a tot of Sloe Vodka home made by Ann Speir. Delicious mmmmm.

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