Letham Flower Show 2017 (Children’s Category)

 
Well done to all those who entered the recent Letham Primary School Children’s Sunflower and Potato Growing Competitions.
 
The Potato Growing Competition, sponsored very generously by Freuchie Garden Centre, proved very popular and attracted 21 entries and the winners were 1st Skye Cuthbert Bow of Fife (1148g); 2nd Logan Fenton, Ballantager, Letham (951g) and 3rd Fraser Armstrong, Letham (836g).
 
There were also 21 sunflowers entered and the winners were 1st Sam Brincat, Letham (height 225cm); 2nd Madeline Smiles Letham (height 220 cm); and 3rd Rory Hamilton, Letham, (height 217.5 cm)
 
Hopefully this enthusiasm from the children will attract a good entry to the Childrens' Section of the annual Letham and District Horticultural Society Flower Show and Industrial Exhibition taking place in the Letham Village Hall on Saturday 12 August.  For those wishing to attend the Show it opens to the public at 2.00 pm.

BLOOMING GREAT DAY AT LETHAM FLOWER SHOW

There was a fantastic entry this year at the 114th Letham & District Horticultural Society’s Annual Flower Show and Industrial Exhibition held on Saturday 13th August. There was a total of 633 entries, the third highest entry in the last 20 years!

This along with the sunny day and the steady stream of visitors in attendance made it a most successful event. The stormy gales of the previous days meant the marquee could not be erected and all exhibits were held in the Village Hall.

It is always encouraging to see a large entry in the Children’s Section and this year was no exception with 148 entries.

In the under 5’s all the categories proved popular with some very imaginative sponge print paintings and delicious edible necklaces.

The 5-8 category was the most popular category with some fantastic vegetable caterpillars, lovely decorated boxes and intricate Lego models.

In the 9-12 category there was fierce competition between three young ladies with some very imaginative wind chimes, fantastic edible creatures, and highly decorated boxes.

In the open section for all age-groups, all classes proved popular with most entries in the floating flower heads and miniature gardens. The category for a photograph of a seaside theme which showed some fantastic different shots from crabs to toes wiggling in the sand! These were closely followed by the decorated stone category and the collages of a Space theme which showed a great display of imaginative designs.

There was a good number of entries in the Vegetable Section despite the lack of good ripening weather with broad beans, beetroots, courgettes, peas, potatoes and rhubarb being the most popular entries.

The Pot Plant section was popular with the more unusual exhibits of orchids and cacti. But the standout exhibit was an outstanding red begonia There were also beautiful fuchsia, coleus and unusual but striking insectivorous plants.

The Cut Flower section showed a colourful array of antirrhinums, pinks, gladioli, marigolds and pansies. But far and away the most popular entries were in the sweet pea category.

The floral theme continued in the Decorative Section which was well entered in every category with the competitors showing imaginative use of flowers and foliage in their displays including the ever popular bowls of floating flower heads. There were very impressive novel arrangements of artificial flowers incorporating horse-shoes, imaginative fresh foliage arrangements and some very delicate miniature arrangements in bottle tops.

In the Rural section the theme was “The Garden” and the ladies had certainly put their expert skills to full use with beautifully designed and imaginatively decorated flower pots, exquisitely sewn kneeling pads and gorgeous floral arrangements in watering cans. Edible entries consisted of mouth-watering quiches and pots of raspberry jam.

Although marks are not awarded for the display each Rural had ensured that their entry was beautifully and imaginatively displayed to convey the Garden Theme

The Handicrafts Section was well entered in every category and entries showed a range of practical and decorative skills. The more popular categories were knitted gloves, matinee jackets, cross stitch pictures, Christmas cards and the jewellery item category.

The Baking Section proved very popular with a good spread of edible entries. Staples such as scones, rock cakes and fruit loaves were most popular. However, there were even two entries in the new Forfar Bridie category – the bakers in Forfar beware!

The Jams and Jellies proved as popular as ever with lemon curd, raspberry jam, strawberry jam and chutneys being the most popular

All the above could have easily been washed down with the selection of wines, beers, ciders and liqueurs with the highest category being in the liqueur category with a very diverse range of liqueurs being entered.

The Fruit Section again was well supported with blackcurrants being by far the most popular category entered.

The Produce Section showed a good number of eggs entered with duck eggs winning the diploma.

The theme for this year’s Photographic Section was “Flowers” and proved extremely popular with some fantastic colourful photos of flowers in all sorts of close ups.

Finally, at the culmination of the Show there was a three-way tie for the most points overall between Tom Nelson, Cuparmuir, Miss Alison Irvine, Coaltown of Burnturk and Mrs Helen Ramsay, Kingskettle with the Betty Hay Trophy being awarded finally to Mr Tom Nelson, Cuparmuir for having the most firsts.

The sales table run by Miss Wilson, Ladybank proved to be popular with broccoli donated by Mrs E Crombie, Westhall.

Afternoon teas were provided by the ladies in the kitchen who did a sterling job serving a steady flow of thirsty visitors.

Outdoor games of putting, tub ball and horseshoe throwing was run by Alison Irvine and Innes Service and proved popular with a large number of children and grown-up children alike.

Trophies were presented by Honorary President Mrs Evelyn Crombie and young Millie Armstrong of Letham then presented Mrs Crombie with a bouquet of flowers as a thank you from the Society.

Willie Fenton, on behalf of the Society, thanked all the competitors, helpers and visitors who made the Show possible and for making it such a success.

The Show was rounded off with an auction of exhibits that had been very kindly donated by the competitors thus closing what had been a very successful 114th Show.

 

Whilst all possible care has been taken hopefully there are no errors but we woud be happy if people could let us know if they spot any.

 

The Flower Show Committee would like to thank all those who helped organise the Show, set up the hall and then at the end of the day take down the staging and tables and finally a big thank you to all who entered and made the Show a big success.

GARDEN COMPETITION RESULTS 2016

LETHAM AND DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY’S

GARDEN COMPETITION RESULTS 2016

 

The Letham and District Horticultural Society’s Annual Garden Competition held on 2 August proved once again to be very popular.

Despite the erratic weather conditions swinging from heavy downpours to lack of sunshine to bring on the vegetables and flowers, the competition attracted a decent number of entries in all its sections, including some new entrants, giving the judge, Roy Daniels of Kirkcaldy a difficult task in selecting the prize winners.

The Tubs and Hanging Basket category all presented a riot of colour and range of flowers and the judge commented on the good use of both plants and colour in the displays.

The Landscaped Garden Competition as always proved popular with a large variety of designs and themes with all the gardens showing a vibrant display of colour, foliage and well maintained lawns.

The Vegetable Gardens provided proof of the quality, variety and quantity of produce the keen gardeners had grown.

The hard work and enthusiasm of the competitors made it a rewarding day for the judge and the quality of the flowers and vegetables seen in the competition suggests their will be some close competition for those entering the 114th Annual Flower Show at Letham Village Hall on Saturday 13 August which opens to the public at 2.00pm.

Can we remind any entrants that our Cut Flower Section is an Open category to any resident within Fife. Any queries to Alison McDonald, Secretary Telephone 01337 810250.

 

LETHAM AND DISTRICT HORTICULTURAL  

GARDEN COMPETITION RESULTS 2016

 

PRIZE WINNERS

 

Best kept and cropped Vegetable Garden

Winner receives the Paterson Shield

1st – Miss A Irvine, Prosen, Coaltown of Burnturk

2nd – Mr J. Duncan, 1 Lomond Crescent, Falkland

3rd – Mr L Wheelans, 12 Lorraine Drive, Cupar

 

Best Kept Flower Plot

Winner receives the Brunton-Kidd Medal

1st  – Mrs A Adams, 9 Muir Place, Freuchie

 

Best Landscaped Garden

LARGE GARDENS

1st – Lady J. Spencer-Nairn, Barham, Bow of Fife

2nd – Mr & Mrs J Hutchison, Collairnie House

3rd  – Mr D Dallas, Monimail Road, Letham

 

COTTAGE GARDENS

1st – Miss L Rosser, Eden House, Freuchie

2nd – Mrs C Sutherland, Catherine Cottage, Giffordtown

3rd = – Mr J Duncan, 1 Lomond Crescent, Falkland

and  Mr Ronaldson, Roselea Terrace, Ladybank

 

Best Onion Bed

1st Mr J Duncan, 1 Lomond Crescent, Falkland

 

Best Onion Sets

1st – Miss A Irvine, Prosen, Coaltown of Burnturk

2nd   Mr L Wheelans, 12 Lorraine Drive, Cupar

3rd – Mr J Duncan, 1 Lomond Crescent , Falkland
Best Tub or Pedestal of Flowers

1st  – Mr R McConnell, Sawmill Cottage, Coaltown of Burnturk

2nd – Mrs A Adams, 9 Muir Place, Freuchie

3rd – Mrs C Sutherland, Catherine Cottage, Giffordtown

 

Best Hanging Basket of Flowers

Winner receives the D & J Drummond Shield

1st – Mrs A Adams, 9 Muir Place, Freuchie

2nd = – Mr R McConnell, Sawmill Cottage, Coaltown of Burnturk

Mrs L Lawrie, Main Street, Dunshalt

3rd Mr T Tasker, Park House, Pitlessie

 

Letham Flower Show- Childrens’ Sunflower and Potato Competition

Well done to all those who entered the recent Letham Primary School Children’s Sunflower and Potato Growing Competitions.
The Potato Growing Competition, sponsored very generously by Freuchie Garden Centre, was run for the first time this year. This proved popular and attracted 17 entries and the winners were 1st Millie Armstrong, Letham (2053g); 2nd Fraser Armstrong, Letham (1751g) and 3rd Cameron Service, Collessie (896g).

There were 19 sunflowers entered and the winners were 1st Fraser Armstrong, Letham (height 297cm); 2nd= Millie Armstrong, Letham and Madeline Smiles, Letham (height 263 cm); 3rd – Anna Taylor, Letham, (height 237 cm)

Hopefully this enthusiasm from the children will attract a good entry to the Childrens’ Section of the annual Letham and District Horticultural Society Flower Show and Industrial Exhibition in the Letham Village Hall on Saturday 13 August. The show opens to the public at 2.00 pm.

Sunflower and Potato Growing Competition 

Message to anyone wanting to enter their child’s sunflower and/or potato sack in the Letham Flower Show Competitions please contact Alison McDonald ( Tele: 01337 810250) by Saturday 30th July. Judging is to take place on Sunday 31st July. Please remember do not empty your potato sack – the judges will do that when they come round.

Letham Flower Show Coffee Morning

The Letham Flower Show Committee are having a Coffee Morning on Saturday 7 May between 10.00 am and 11.30 am in the Corn Exchange in Cupar.

 

We would welcome your support on the day and any donations for the Baking, Plants, Tombola, Raffle and Bric-a-brac stalls would be gratefully received. Please bring them to the Corn Exchange on the day or contact Geoff McDonald 01337 810250.

Growing Entries at Letham Flower Show

There was a fantastic entry this year at the 113th Letham & District Horticultural Society’s Annual Flower Show and Industrial Exhibition held on Saturday 8th August. There was a total of 667 entries, 101 more than last year and the biggest entry in more than 20 years! This along with the glorious weather on the day and the steady stream of visitors in attendance made it a most successful event.
It is always encouraging to see a large entry in the Children’s Section and this year was no exception with 162 entries. Individual Trophy winners in the age sections were (under 5’s) – Rory Hamilton, Letham; (5-8’s) -Ben Brincat, Letham; (9-12’s) -Helen Black, Letham and in the 13-16’s -Sophie Smith, Letham.
In the under 5’s all the categories proved popular with some very imaginative decorated paper plates and delicious sweetie necklaces.
The 5-8 category proved very popular with some great vegetable animals, lovely decorated jam jars and yummy decorated cupcakes.
In the 9-12 category again there were some very imaginative entries in the edible gardens and creative decorated plant pots.
In the open section for all age-groups, all classes proved popular with most entries in the photograph of a flower category which were all very artistically taken and displayed. These were closely followed by the decorated stone category which showed a great array of designs, and then the floating flower heads in a cereal bowl which were very attractive. The winner of the Crichton Memorial Trophy for best vegetable grown by a child was won by Kirsty Cuthbert for her fantastic red onion.
The category for the ever popular miniature garden produced an array of innovative designs with the novel winning garden displaying actual growing material. The overall Children’s trophy – the R Storrar Cup for most points overall was won by Millie Armstrong, Letham. The Alex Garden Cup for the best miniature garden was won by Holly Hamilton, Letham and the Archibald Wilson Challenge Trophy for the tallest sunflower was won by Madeline Smiles, Letham. The Diploma for the Best Item in the Childrens Section was won by Cameron Service, Collessie for his edible garden in a tin lid.
There was a good number of entries in the Vegetable Section despite the lack of good ripening weather with potatoes, peas, onions and cucumbers being the most popular entries. Les Wheelans, Cupar won the Sir Thomas Paxton Cup for most points overall with Mr Bruce Forrest, Letham winning the Adam Hall Memorial Quaich and the Diploma for the best exhibit in red onions.
There was a good increase in the Pot Plant section with cacti proving most popular and some lovely coloured begonia and unusual but striking insectivorous plants. But the standout exhibit was a standard fuchsia displayed by Mr R McConnell of Coaltown of Burnturk which won him the Diploma for Best Exhibit. The Sir Thomas Paxton Challenge Cup for most points overall was won by Mrs B Jamieson, Auchtermuchty and a new trophy for Best Orchid kindly donated by Mr & Mrs Forrest, Letham was won by Mrs J Ramsay-Service, Collessie. The Cut Flower section again showed an increase in exhibits with phloxes, herbaceous and sweet peas being the most popular. Mr T Nelson, Cuparmuir swept the board winning the Donald G McDonald Cup for most points, the Dowie Trophy for best exhibit in Pot Plants and Cut Flowers and the Diploma for best exhibit in Cut Flowers for his stunning sweet peas.
The floral theme continued in the Decorative Section with the competitors showing imaginative use of flowers and foliage in their displays including bowls of floating flower heads .There were very impressive, colourful fresh posies in cream jugs, fresh foliage arrangements and some very delicate miniature arrangements in bottle tops. All categories were well entered and Mrs S Simmers, Myrecairnie won the Monimail House Trophy for most points overall and the Diploma for best exhibit was won by Lady J Spencer-Nairn for her fresh foliage arrangement.
The judges’ job proved hard in most Sections and there was no exception in the Rural competition with 4 Rurals from the area competing. The theme this year was “A Christening Celebration”.
Expert skills were displayed with beautifully designed and crafted cards and babies cardigans. Edible entries consisted of gorgeous decorated sponge cakes and were finished off by table fresh flower posies. All entries had chosen pink as their colour scheme which made the overall display very pleasing to the eye. The Section and the Ophdal Cup was won by Kingskettle. Dairsie were runners up with Kilmany third. The Betty Hay Memorial Trophy for the best exhibit in the Rural Section was awarded to Mary Black of Kilmany W.R.I. for her faultless baby’s cardigan which scored full marks.
The Handicrafts Section was down slightly but proved popular in every category and showed a range of practical and decorative skills. The more popular categories were knitted gloves, matinee jackets and the jewellery item category. Mrs Liz Kervell, Ladybank won the Society Challenge Cup for most points in the Handicrafts Section. The Pioneer Trophy for best exhibit in the Handicraft Section and the Diploma was won by Mrs Mary Black, Clubston for her hardanger mat. The Paterson Trophy For most points overall in the Industrial Section was won by Mrs Helen Ramsay, Kingskettle.
The Baking Section proved very popular with all categories well entered with scones, pancakes, sponges and tablet proving most popular. There was also a good entry in the set recipe for battenburg cake which was won by Dr Jim McGeorge, Dunshalt who also won the Connacher Shield for most points won by a gent. The Bonthrone Cup for most points in the Baking Section was won by Mrs H Ramsay, Kingskettle. The Mary Dalrymple Trophy, originally donated by her family to Letham W.R.I. and following its closure was donated to the Flower Show, along with the Diploma for Best Exhibit was awarded to Miss L Strachan, Kettlebridge for her delicious tablet
The Jams and Jellies proved as popular as ever with Miss E Wilson, Ladybank winning the Euphemia Hay Memorial Trophy for most points overall. The Diploma for the best exhibit went to Mrs S Simmers, Myrecairnie for her apple jelly.
All the above could have easily been washed down with the selection of wines, beers, ciders and liqueurs which saw a massive increase for such a small category. The Alex Green Cup for most points overall was won by Mrs Juliet Forrest, Letham. The Diploma for best exhibit went to Mrs G MacLean, Bow of Fife for her sloe gin,
The Fruit Section again showed a huge increase with blackcurrants proving most popular and the Alistair Foggie Trophy for most points overall and the Diploma for best exhibit for her entry of apples went to Miss E Wilson, Ladybank.
The Produce Section showed another good increase with Brian Service, Collessie winning the Paterson Rosebowl and the Diploma for the best exhibit being awarded to Miss Katie Spencer-Nairn, Rankeilour for her coloured eggs.
The theme for this year’s Photographic Section was “Animals – Wild or Domesticated” and proved very popular with some fantastic close-ups of all sorts of animals. The Industrial Medal for this category being won by Mr G Smith Letham.
Finally, following the culmination of the Show the Betty Hay Trophy for most points overall was won Miss Alison Irvine, Coaltown of Burnturk.
The Show attracted a good turnout and the marquee drew visitors to the stalls there.
The sales table run by Miss Wilson, Ladybank proved to be popular with broccoli from Mrs E Crombie, Westhall and the insectivorous plants donated by Mr John Wall, Letham for children of all ages to try their hand at these fascinating plants.
The Vegetable Tombola was run by Innes Service, Collessie and was a great hit with the visitors. The Show Committee are very grateful for the donations of vegetables from Kettle Produce and the beautifully presented fruit from Tesco.
Debbie Smiles, Letham manned the raffle ticket table which was greatly supported by the visitors to the Show.
Afternoon teas were provided by the various ladies in the kitchen who did a sterling job serving a steady flow of thirsty visitors.
Outdoor games of putting, tub ball and horseshoe throwing was run by Claire McDonald, Dundee, Sophie Smith and Andrew Black, Letham proved popular with a large number of children and grown-up children alike.
Trophies were presented by Honorary President Lady Spencer-Nairn, who also presented the raffle and outdoor games prizes. Young Madeline Smiles of Letham then presented Lady Spencer-Nairn with an orchid as a thank you.
President Mrs Sheila Simmers thanked all the competitors, helpers and visitors who made the Show possible and for making it such a success.
The Show was rounded off with an auction of exhibits that had been very kindly donated by the competitors thus closing what had been a successful 113th Show.

Cup Winners Results

Detailed Show Results

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