Over Allotments Association began an annual vegetable competition for members in 2010, with a wide range of classes judged by an independent judge.
In 2012, trophies were awarded for the first time: the Over Allotments and Leisure Gardeners' Association Cup for the best exhibit in the vegetable section (smaller of the three cups seen in the picture, right) and the Geoffrey Harrison Trophy for the most vegetable points (tall cup with handles).
Both trophies had previously been awarded at the Vale Royal Show, but when this ended in 2006 the trophies were retained by their last winners. They were tracked down in 2012 and handed over to the Association for use in our show. The Association Cup is undated but may date from the 1960s, the Geoffrey Harrison Trophy is dated 1977.
In 2015, a new trophy was awarded – the Co-operative Funeralcare Vase for Best Floral Exhibit. The engraved Bohemia crystal crown glass vase (pictured, top left) is sponsored by Co-operative Funeralcare, Winsford.
In 2016, the Hamlett Cup for Best Collection of Vegetables was awarded for the first time in 49 years (pictured top right, tall cup without handles). The sterling silver cup, made by Walker & Hall, Sheffield, and hallmarked by the Sheffield assay office in 1927, was the gift of Messrs George Hamlett & Sons Ltd, Central Salt Works, Winsford. It was first awarded in 1928 by the Winsford Allotments' Association – the forerunner to the present Over Allotments Association. The cup, which now belongs to Winsford Town Council, was awarded intermittently until 1967, when it was withdrawn and put into storage.
The Northwich Guardian for Friday 7th September 1928 carried a report on the first awarding of the trophy, saying:
"The third annual show of the Winsford Allotments' Association was held on Wednesday, the judge being Mr Pope, gardener to Mr R G Barton, Over Hall. The silver challenge cup, presented by Messrs Hamlett & Sons, was won for the first time by Mr J Hardman of Chapel Street, Winsford, for the best collection of vegetables.
"Altogether there were 19 classes, and the judge, who spoke in high praise of the exhibits, said the Association was making rapid progress, and interest was getting very keen. Some of the exhibits were very good, and it was a pity there were not more prizes. Mr Pope added many of the exhibits were worthy of prizes."
The Over Allotments and Leisure Gardeners' Association Cup for Most Dahlia Points, last awarded in 2006 at the final Vale Royal Show, is still missing. Its last known whereabouts were the Knutsford area – if anyone knows where it is, we would be delighted to hear from you.
|Over Allotments and Leisure Gardeners' Association Vegetable Competition
Roll of Honour
Geoffrey Harrison Trophy
|Best in Show:
Over Allotments Association Cup
|Best Floral Exhibit:
Co-operative Funeralcare Vase
|2010||Jim Weedall||Sandra Shearer||Sue Henshall||Jim Weedall (carrots)||–||–|
|2011||Jim Weedall||Alex Vale||Yvonne Kettle||Jim Weedall||–||–|
|2012||Jim Weedall||Sue Henshall||Helen Buckley||Jim Weedall
|2013||Jim Weedall||Mary Simpson||Hilary and
|2014||Jim Weedall||Hilary and
|Mary Simpson||Yvonne Kettle (leeks)||–||–|
|2015||Jim Weedall||Roy Farrall||Hilary and
|Jim Weedall (cauliflower)||–||Mary Simpson|
|2016||Jim Weedall||Roy Farrall||Tina McLeod||Jim Weedall (onions)||Jim Weedall||Mary Simpson|
|2017||Jim Weedall||Hilary and
|Tina McLeod||Jim Weedall (cauliflower)||Jim Weedall||Julie and
|2018||Jim Weedall||Roy Farrall||Fran Johnson||Jim Weedall (onions)||Jim Weedall||Gill Woolley|
|Over Allotments and Leisure Gardeners' Association
Vegetable Competition Classes
|Class||Fruit / Veg / Flowers||Description|
|Class 1||Potatoes - white||1 plate of 5. Plate provided.|
|Class 2||Potatoes - coloured||1 plate of 5. Plate provided.|
|Class 3||Leeks||1 plate of 2.|
|Class 4||Leeks - pot||1 plate of 2.|
|Class 5||Onions (up to 250g)||1 plate of 3. Each onion must not exceed 250g. Plate provided.|
|Class 6||Onions (over 250g)||1 plate of 3. Each onion must exceed 250g. Plate provided.|
|Class 7||Onions - heaviest||1 exhibit of 1.|
|Class 8||Onions - spring||1 plate of 6. Plate provided.|
|Class 9||Shallots||1 plate of 6. To be presented on plate of sand. Plate provided.|
|Class 10||Parsnips||1 plate of 3. Tops trimmed to 76mm (3in) approx. Plate provided.|
|Class 11||Beetroot - round||1 plate of 3. Tops trimmed to 76mm (3in) approx. Plate provided.|
|Class 12||Beetroot - cylindrical||1 plate of 3. Tops trimmed to 76mm (3in) approx. Plate provided.|
|Class 13||Cauliflower||1 plate of 1. Any variety. Root stem trimmed to 76mm (3in) approx.|
|Class 14||Cabbage||1 plate of 1. Any variety. Root stem trimmed to 76mm.|
|Class 15||Carrots - short (under 6 inches)||1 plate of 3. Tops trimmed to 76mm (3in) approx. Plate provided.|
|Class 16||Carrots - long (over 6 inches)||1 plate of 3. Tops trimmed to 76mm (3in) approx. Plate provided.|
|Class 17||Cucumbers||1 plate of 1.|
|Class 18||Tomatoes - cherry||1 plate of six (variety must be specified on the display label).|
|Class 19||Tomatoes - medium||1 plate of 5. (variety must be specified on the display label).|
|Class 20||Tomatoes - large||1 plate of 3 (variety must be specified on the display label).|
|Class 21||Tomatoes - truss||25% or more to be ripe.|
|Class 22||Pepper - sweet||1 plate of 2. Plate provided.|
|Class 23||Pepper - hot||1 plate of 6. Plate provided.|
|Class 24||Lettuce||1 plate of 1. Plate provided.|
|Class 25||Courgettes||1 plate of 3. 150mm (6in) long approx. Plate provided.|
|Class 26||Beans - runner||1 exhibit of 6. Presented on black cloth. Cloth provided.|
|Class 27||Beans - French||1 exhibit of 6. Presented on black cloth. Cloth provided.|
|Class 28||Beans - longest||1 exhibit of 1. Presented on black cloth. Cloth provided.|
|Class 29||Peas||1 plate of 6. Plate provided.|
|Class 30||Marrow - heaviest||1 exhibit of 1.|
|Class 31||Rhubarb||3 sticks, leaves removed.|
|Class 32||Herbs||3 named varieties. Presented in a vase.|
|Class 33||Pumpkin - heaviest||1 exhibit of 1.|
|Class 34||Funny veg and caption||1 veg and caption.|
|Class 35||Flowers - mixed vase||Vase of mixed flowers.|
|Class 36||Flowers - vase of four||Vase of 4 exhibits, 3 stems of each.|
|Class 37||Best tray of veg - max 6 veg||Any 6 vegetables allowed. Tray provided.|
|Class 38||Best tray of specified veg||5 potatoes, 2 leeks, 3 onions (must not exceed 250g), 4 beetroot, 5 medium tomatoes.|
|Class 39||Apples||Plate of 4. Plate provided.|
|Class 40||Pears||Plate of 4. Plate provided.|
|Class 41||Bowl / basket of fruit||--|
|Class 42||Sunflower - tallest||Measured in situ on plot.|
|Class 43||Best in show||--|
Rules for show
- Staging of entries between 10:30am and 12:30pm.
- Judging will commence at 1:00pm.
- Exhibitors must collect staging tickets from the Show Secretary's table on arrival; these are to be placed face down with each exhibit.
- As far as possible exhibits should be named but any incorrect names or omissions will not disqualify.
- The judge's decision shall be final; judges are empowered to withhold awards where exhibits are considered to be of insufficient merit.
- Whilst every precaution will be taken to safeguard exhibits the Association cannot be held responsible for loss or damage.
- Exhibitors are only allowed one entry per class.
- Points will be awarded as follows: 1st 4 points; 2nd 2 points; 3rd 1 point.
- Any exhibitor protesting against any exhibit or exhibitor must do so in writing to the Show Secretary with a deposit of Â£1 no later than two hours after the show opens for viewing. Should the protest not be admitted in the opinion of the committee the deposit will be forfeited.
- Any matters not provided for in these rules and any questions of interpretation shall be referred to the committee whose decision will be final.