Watchfield Horticultural & Craft Show 2016

Join your community and take part in the 2016 Watchfield Horticulture & Craft Show

Saturday, September 10th 2016, 2-4.30pm, Watchfield Village Hall. Free entry to view. Refreshments available

Everyone welcome. Enter as many categories as you like—only 20p per entry. Entries of all shapes and sizes encouraged! Bring your entries Friday 9th Sept between 6 and 8pm or Saturday 10th between 8 and 11.30am.


Five Potatoes
Three carrots
Three beetroot
Two parsnips
One cabbage
Nine runner beans
Three onions
Five tomatoes (we know it’s a fruit!)
One cucumber
One squash
Any other vegetable not on schedule
Heaviest marrow
Longest runner bean
Heaviest Potato
Most unusually shaped vegetable!

Single bloom – any variety
Vase of any mixed flowers – not less than five varieties

One specimen bloom – any cultivar
Vase of three blooms – one or more varieties

Five apples, cooking
Five apples, dessert
Five pears
Raspberries – bowl of 15
Any other fruit not on schedule


Best kept allotment – Backlands site
Best kept allotment – Church site

Pot Plants
Flowering house plant
Foliage plant
Cactus or succulent
One plant not on schedule
Outdoor container

Flower arrangements
A table centre arrangement. To be viewed all round
A miniature arrangement. Not to exceed five inches/12cm overall
Hand tied posy
Pretty in pink       }
Summer skies     } interpreted however you wish
N.B. Fresh flowers and plant material should be used

Home Economics
One pot of Strawberry Jam or Jelly
One pot of Gooseberry Jam or Jelly
One pot of Raspberry Jam or Jelly
One pot of Stone Fruit Jam or Jelly
One pot of Mixed Fruit Jam or Jelly
One pot of Jam, or Jelly not on schedule
One pot of Marmalade
One pot of Conserve
One pot of curd
One pot of any Pickle, Chutney, Relish or Savoury Jelly

Victoria Sandwich
6oz (170g) self-raising flour, 6oz (170g) butter, 3 eggs, 6oz (170g) caster sugar, pinch salt.
Cream butter and sugar, add eggs, fold in flour and salt. Cook in two prepared 7 inch (17.5cm) sandwich tins at 175 oC, mark 3 for 20-25 minutes. Cool on wire rack, sandwich with jam and dredge top with caster sugar.

Family Fruit Cake
5oz(142g) plain flour,5oz(142g) self-raising flour, 8oz(225g) butter, 8oz(225g) soft brown sugar, grated rind of 1 orange, 5 eggs, 4oz(125g) mixed peel finely chopped, 1lb(450g) mixed fruit, 4oz(125g) glace cherries, 1 tbsp black treacle.
Grease and line 8 inch tin with greaseproof paper. Sieve the flours together, cream butter and sugar and orange rind until pale and creamy, add eggs. Fold in flour alternately with dried fruit, peel and cherries, finally blend in the treacle. Cook in prepared tin at 150 oC, Gas mark 2 for 2 ½`hours or until skewer inserted in centre comes out clean.

Sticky Gingerbread.
8oz(225g) Self-raising flour, 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda,1tbsp ground ginger, 1tsp ground cinnamon, 1tsp mixed spice, 4oz(115g) unsalted butter chilled and diced, 4oz(115g) black treacle, 4oz(115g) golden syrup, 4oz(115g) dark muscovado sugar, 275ml(275g) milk, 1 medium egg beaten. A 2lb(900g) loaf tin about 26cm X 13.7cm greased and lined.
Heat oven 180oC, Gas mark 4. Sift flour, bicarbonate of soda, ginger, cinnamon, and mixed spice together in a bowl, add diced butter and rub into the flour. Spoon treacle and golden syrup into a small saucepan and warm gently until melted and runny but not hot, set aside until lukewarm. Put sugar and milk in separate pan and heat gently stirring well to dissolve sugar, leave to cool until lukewarm. Then whisk milk into flour mixture quickly followed by treacle mixture and egg to make a smooth thick batter.
Put mixture in prepared tin, bake in oven for approximately 45 minutes or until a skewer inserted in centre comes out clean. Run knife round tin to loosen cake, place tin on wire rack and leave gingerbread to cool completely before turning out. Wrap in foil and leave for at least a day before cutting.

Gluten Free Coffee and Walnut Cake Own recipe

Shortbread Own recipe

Decorated Chocolate Celebration Cake (one tier) Own recipe. Judged on appearance and taste

Any hand knitted article
Any crocheted article
A hand and/or machine sewn article
Any crafted item by a beginner (less than 1 year’s experience, or 1st attempt)
A stuffed toy
A painting or drawing (max size A3)
Any wood or ceramic item
Original hand-made article for use or decoration not included in other handicraft classes

N.B. Photographs should be no larger than A4 size and unframed. No professional photographers
Any humorous photograph
Animal magic      }
The seasons       }
Reflections          }
Perspective         } interpreted however you wish

Children’s Classes
(Under 5, 6-10 years old, 11 & over)
A model of an animal made from vegetables or/and fruit
A drawing, painting or computer art of your favourite animal (maximum size A4)

Children’s Baking
6 Jam Tarts on a plate
6 Rice Krispies cakes on a plate

All entries should be grown or made by you!