Another Successful Show for Gainford Leek Club
The Cross Keys Leek Club in Gainford celebrated a third milestone on Saturday 10th September 2010 with its Annual Show of Leeks, Vegetables and Flowers. This was the third year of the new Leek Club after reformation following closure 7 years ago, and it proved once again to be an outstanding success.
The show was again held in the Scout Hut off the Green, which continues to prove to be an ideal venue, and visitor numbers were again up on last year’s high attendance. The judge was Mr Stewart Newton of Gainford, who was presented with a bottle of malt whisky for his efforts. The Club’s official photographer was Mr Phillip Henderson. Prizes were presented by Mrs Joanne Lees, the Landlord’s daughter.
The winning pair of Pot Leeks was grown by Frank Coop, with a stand of 118.84 cubic inches. Frank is a long-serving member of the Leek Club over many years and this is the first time he has won. Second was Ray Asquith, and last year’s winner Derek I’anson was third. Harry Holmes won the trophy for the Best Leek in Show, and the ‘Most Improved Grower’ trophy went to Brian Jackson, who was placed fourth overall. Brian has only recently taken up leek growing and was delighted with his success.
The best Trench Leeks were won by Harry Holmes, Derek I’anson was second, and John Challen was third. Best Intermediate Leek went to Brian Jackson.
In other categories Ian Ross, Cross Keys landlord, won the trophy for the Best Seed Onions with his superb and absolutely massive onions, and in the flowers John Challen took 1st, 2nd and 3rd for his gladioli.
Other trophy winners were: Best Collection of Vegetables – Harry Holmes, Best Rose Exhibit – Frances Lindsey, Best Vase of Flowers – Frances Lindsey, Most points in Vegetable Section – John Challen, Most Points in Flower Section – John Challen, Most Points overall – John Challen, Children’s section trophy - Freva Hunt, Best Exhibit in Show – John Challen for his display of Hative de Niort shallots in a snooker frame .
Entries into the children’s section were down on last year, with no entries submitted by children from the school.
At the end of the show, the produce was auctioned off and £111 was raised for village charities. The members enjoyed a social evening and raffle held in the Cross Keys in the evening.
A full set of photographs and results will be available to view on the club website on:
The club will hold its AGM at 8.00 p.m. on Tuesday 4th October in the Cross Keys, where new members for the 2011/2012 season will be admitted).