2022 Horticultural Show Schedule


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Horticultural Show 2022

Entries: 9am-11am (Staging until 11:30am)

Judging: 11:30am onwards


Show open to the public (tea and home-made cakes available): 2:15pm


Auction and Presentation of cups: 3:30pm onwards


Non-perishable items may be entered on Friday 10th September from 5pm to 7pm.

Welcome to the Iron Acton Horticultural Show Schedule.


Whether you grow it or make it, bake it or create it - this is your chance to show it!

The Horticultural Show is organised into seven section and 87 different classes, there is something for all ages and abilities!


Any questions, please contact a member of the Horticultural Show Committee:
Meryl Cook: 228405, Jenny Millward: 228704 or email us at ironactonparishhall@hotmail.com



The judges will be looking for vegetables and fruit that are firm and as similar in size and length as possible, ideally with few blemishes. Root vegetables should be cleaned. Onions should have their roots washed and tops trimmed and tied. Tomatoes should have calyces attached. Blooms of the same variety should be as similar in size and shape as possible. All collections should be a mixture of examples from that class.

A collection of vegetables grown on an allotment

  1. A collection of vegetables presented in a shoe box

  2. A collection of garden produce which may include vegetables and / or fruit and / or flowers

  3. A collection of fruits

  4. A collection of edible gourds, squash and pumpkins

  5. Four potatoes (any one variety)

  6. Three carrots (long, tops trimmed to 3 inches)

  7. Three carrots (short)

  8. Most amusing looking vegetable

  9. Three onions from seed (trimmed)

  10. Three onions from sets (trimmed)

  11. Six Shallots

  12. Six Runner Beans

  13. Six French Beans

  14. The Longest Runner Bean

  15. Two Peppers (Sweet or Chilli)

  16. Two of any vegetable not listed in the schedule

  17. A vegetable Animal

  18. Three courgettes

19. Two cucumbers

20. Six cherry tomatoes on the vine

21. Six tomatoes

22. Three parsnips

23. Three beetroot

24. Four apples (dessert)

25. Four apples (culinary)

26. Four pears

27. Four plums

28. Bowl of floating flower heads (bowl no more than 20cm)

29. Bunch of three or more roses

30. One Specimen Rose (named) home-grown

31. Three Dahlias (same variety) home-grown

32. Six Cosmos stems home-grown

33. Tied bunch of herbs out of water

34. Vase of home-grown flowers, shades of one colour

35. Potted home-grown house plant (flowering)

36. A home grown cottage garden collection

37. Potted home-grown house plant (foliage)



Jars should be plain glass with no brand markings and have labels that indicate contents and date made. Jars should be sealed with either a twist top lid or waxed disc with clear film top – not both. Alternatively, Kilner style jars may be used with a waxed disc. No mop caps.

38.  A flavoured Oil

39.  One jar of jam

40.  One jar of fruit jelly

41.  One jar of marmalade (citrus)

42.  One jar of fruit curd

43.  One jar of chutney

44.  A vegetable Quiche

45.  A citrus cake

46.  A decorated chocolate cake

47.  Six cheese flavoured scones

48.  “Free from” cake (please label)

49.  A loaf of bread

50.  Six biscuits (one variety)

51.  A “MEN ONLY” jam swiss roll (see recipe)

52.  A bottle of beer, wine, cider, spirit or cordial

53.  Six bread rolls (one variety)


54.  A display in a Tea Pot (space allowed W 60cm by D 30cm by H 60cm)

55.  A flower arrangement celebrating the Platinum Jubilee (space allowed W 60cm by D 60cm by H unlimited)

56.  A Basket arrangement (space allowed W 60cm by D 60cm by H 60cm)

57.  A display incorporating a candle or candles (space allowed W 30cm by D 30cm by H 60cm)


Entries should be unframed and simply mounted on card. Colour must not be edited other than slight adjustments to brightness and contrast. Images must not be digitally manipulated or enhanced.

58.  ‘Full Bloom’ A closeup image of a colorful bloom or flowers in bloom

59.  ‘Journey’ An image of a rural or country street, road or Highway in which leading lines dominate.

60.  Nigel Davis Memorial Cup (ages 16 and under) ‘Joyful’ a colorful landscape that includes an inspiring and brilliant sunrise or sunset.


The entries are judged on creativity and age-appropriate ability – parental involvement should be kept to a minimum.

Ages under 5 years old

61. A decorated (home-made or shop bought) plain biscuit

62. A bunch of flowers in a jam jar

63. A finger painting

Ages 5, 6 and 7 years old

64. Three decorated (home-made or shop bought) plain biscuits

65. Three butterfly cakes

66. Sock puppet

67. Make a creature from a pinecone

Ages 8, 9, 10 and 11 years old

68. Three decorated cupcakes

69. A treasure chest made from an egg box

70. dream catchers

71. A miniature garden

Ages 12 to 16 years old

72. Four vegan biscuits

73. Any art or craft (cards, posters, painting, sketches, etc.)

74. Design your own emoji

75. A picture made entirely from dots max size A4


Craft entries are judged on the variety and required skill of techniques, standards of workmanship, freshness and suitability of materials. Art entries are judged on perspective, balance and composition, tonal value, use of materials and eye appeal (focal point).

76. A knitted item

77. A patchwork item

78. A tapestry or canvas work item

79. A cross-stitched item

80. An embroidered item

81. A crocheted item

82. A child’s toy any media

83. A home-made card

84. A painting

85. A drawing

86. A piece of calligraphy

87. A felted item


Allotment Trophy – awarded to the best collection of vegetables grown on an allotment.

Golden Jubilee Cup – awarded to the most entries in all sections by any one family.

Amateur Gardening Red Ribbon – awarded to the best exhibit in the General Section.

Hall Committee Rose Bowl and The Gordon Powell Cup – awarded to the competitors with the highest and second highest number of points in the General Section.

St. James the Less Cup – awarded to the resident of Iron Acton Parish gaining the highest number of points in the General Section.

Acton Aid Cup – awarded to the competitor gaining the highest number of points in the Home-craft Section.

Flower Arranging Rose Bowl – awarded as First Prize in the Flower Arranging Section.

Photography Cup – awarded to the highest number of points in the adult photography section.

Nigel Davies Memorial Cup – awarded as First Prize in the Children’s Photography Section.

Pre-school Cup – awarded to the most points in the Under 5 section.

Junior Cup - awarded to the most points in the 5, 6 and 7 years old section.

Parker Shield – awarded to the most points in the 8, 9, 10 and 11 years old section.

Rudman Cup – awarded to the most points in the 12 – 16 years old section.

The Dave Taylor Challenge Trophy- awarded to a Junior with the most points gained in their age group and other classes.





8 points


6 points


4 points




3 points


2 points


1 points




  • Butter, to grease

  • 2 large eggs

  • 50g caster sugar, plus extra 2 tbsp to dust

  • 50g self-raising flour, sieved

  • 100g strawberry jam



Step 1

Heat oven to 180C/ 160C fan/ gas 4.

Grease and line a 16x28cm swiss roll tin with baking paper.


Step 2

Beat the eggs and sugar together for 5 mins until thick and pale. Gently fold in the flour. Pour the mixture into the tin. Bake for 10-12 mins until golden and firm.


Step 3

While the sponge is baking, sprinkle 2 tbsp sugar over a square of parchment paper. Warm the jam in the microwave for 20 secs.


Step 4

Turn the baked sponge onto the sugared paper, peel off the lining paper and spread the sponge with the jam. Roll up the short edge using the paper to help you then cool on a wire rack.

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