Our very first Spring Show was in 1996. We had been talking about the possibility of running a Spring show for some time; the Summer Show being a very long established event on our horticultural calendar. At that time we had a well respected member of our committee, Violet Rolfe, who had for some time been urging us to consider establishing this second show to take place at the beginning of April. She had a great love of Spring flowers and with her enthusiastic support we went ahead with the plan. Violet gave us our first trophy which was awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in the daffodil classes. It is ‘The Violet Rolfe Daffodil Shield’ and is still awarded to this day.
For the first few years the show was quite small and it took place in the Anthony Hall. As its reputation grew as a fine daffodil show it attracted a few skilled exhibitors from far and wide. In the meantime we ran workshops to help our members to develop their skills when growing and staging their daffodils and our local talent increased. Soon it had to be moved to the Aston Clinton School as exhibitors increased in number and it became a popular event for the families in the villages to attend.
As always, the weather leading up to the event plays a big part in the success of the Spring Show. With very cold weather, it is a real challenge to bring the daffodil flowers to exhibition quality, and when the weather is mild it is difficult to hold them back!! Thank goodness there are other really enjoyable aspects of the Show such as the popular plant sale, refreshments and of course the domestic, handicraft, floral art and children’s sections to enjoy.
A copy of the 2017 schedule and entry form can be found below.
LIST OF CUP AND TROPHY WINNERS AT THE 2017 SPRING SHOW HELD ON 8th APRIL
Grow for show won by Philip Bailey with a pot of Hawera
The Pre-Junior Daffodil Shield won by Oscar Bradley
The Junior Daffodil Shield age 6 to 13 Won by Charles Wallis
The Doug Warr Novice Trophy Won by Francis Farley
The Martin Johnston Daffodil Shield best in Div 11 Won by Sue Lipscomb
The Violet Rolfe Daffodil Shield (most points in show section one) Won by Ralph Weston
The Pink Daffodil Trophy Won by Dave Wallis (village trophy)
Six Daffodils the Village Six Won by Ken Halls (village trophy|)
The Pauline Rust Trophy Won by Sue Lipscomb Div 5, 6, 7 & 8
The Society Bloom Won by Graham Thirkettle
Single Daffodil in a Pot (Voucher) Won by Philip Bailey
The White Daffodil Cup Won by Graham Thirkettle
The Frank Pullin Cup Won by Graham Thirkettle (div 3)
The Penrice Cup Won by Sue Lipscomb
The Masters Trophy Won by Graham Thirkettle
The Daffodil Society Bronze Medal for Best Bloom in Show won by Graham Thirkettle with Jump Start 1y/y
Spring Flower Section
The Spring Cup for Flowers Won by Elizabeth Weston
The John Seaton Tulip Cup Won by Jacqueline Connell & Sue Lipscomb
The Village Tulip Won by Tom Allen
The Stewkley Cup (for hellebores) Won by John Seaton
Floral Art Section
The George White Floral Art Shield awarded to Francis Farley
The Lorna Price Domestic Challenge Plate awarded to Elizabeth Weston
The Lorna Price Children’s under 5 trophy Won by Oscar Bradley
The Lorna Price Children’s 6 to 8 trophy Won by Phoebe Bax
The Savigar Cup Children 9 to 13 Won by Megan Bax
The Park Farm Handicraft Challenge Plate awarded to Rosalind Nicholls