Magnificent displays at Flower Show

BLOOMING GREAT. Pictured are prizewinners from the North Antrim Horticultural Association's annual Show on Saturday at the Parish Centre. Included (3rd left) is Guest, BBC News Presenter Kerry Thompson.INBM36-14 034SC.
BLOOMING GREAT. Pictured are prizewinners from the North Antrim Horticultural Association's annual Show on Saturday at the Parish Centre. Included (3rd left) is Guest, BBC News Presenter Kerry Thompson.INBM36-14 034SC.

Over 600 exhibits adorned the show benches at Ballymoney & District Gardening Club’s 86th Annual Show in St Patrick’s Parish Centre on Saturday.

Despite the wind and rain of the past few weeks the exhibitors produced a magnificent display of flowers, fruit, vegetables, home industries, handcrafts and floral art and the competition for cups and prizes was extremely keen.

HER LIFE. Pictured admiring some of the work on display at the Flower Show on Saturday is life member of the N.A.H.A. 98 yr old Mary Stevenson along with her daughter Myra Logan.INBM36-14 035SC.

HER LIFE. Pictured admiring some of the work on display at the Flower Show on Saturday is life member of the N.A.H.A. 98 yr old Mary Stevenson along with her daughter Myra Logan.INBM36-14 035SC.

John Patton, President welcomed a large turnout of visitors to the opening ceremony. He congratulated everyone on the colorful display and invited Kerry Thompson, BBC journalist and news reader, to officially open the Show.

Kerry said it was great to be back in Ballymoney and meet so many friends. She said she had just moved into a new home and had picked up some useful tips as she walked round viewing the exhibits. She congratulated everyone on the high standard of the exhibits and had a special word of encouragement to the young people on their wonderful display of handcrafts.

Kerry then presented the cups and prizes to the successful exhibitors. Marie Hegarty thanked Kerry and invited Stuart and Christopher Finney to present her with an Acer as a token of the Club’s appreciation for opening the show and presenting the prizes.

John Patton presented a cheque to Meta Page as the Clubs donation to the Ballymoney Branch of the Northern Ireland Kidney Research. Meta thanked the Club for supporting the Northern Ireland Kidney Research, both at the show and an evening outing to her garden in July. She gave a brief talk on their work of the Kidney Research Group in Northern Ireland.

CHEQUE THE PAGE. Guest, BBC News Presenter, Kerry Thompson presents a donation on behalf of the North Antrim Horticultural Association to Meta Page from the N.Ireland Kidney Research Group (Ballymoney Branch) on Saturday. Looking is Association President John Patton and Secretary Kenny Bacon.INBM36-14 037SC.

CHEQUE THE PAGE. Guest, BBC News Presenter, Kerry Thompson presents a donation on behalf of the North Antrim Horticultural Association to Meta Page from the N.Ireland Kidney Research Group (Ballymoney Branch) on Saturday. Looking is Association President John Patton and Secretary Kenny Bacon.INBM36-14 037SC.

Marie Hegarty, Chairperson proposed a vote of thanks to the Select Vestry of St Patrick’s Parish for the use of their halls, James Leslie for transportation of staging, to members of Ballymoney Women’s Institute for serving teas during the afternoon, to all the sponsors and members who had donated prizes, to the hard working members of committee especially Kenny Bacon, Secretary, Auldwyn Calderwood, Show Secretary, Valerie McKnight, Treasurer, Dorothy Brown and her team for organising refreshments for the judges, to all the Judges, Stewards, Exhibitors and all who helped to erect and remove staging.

The end result was another successful show.

Cups and Prizes

The Calderwood Cup and £5 donated by Auldwyn & Margaret Calderwood for the exhibitor gaining most points in Section 1, Novice Section – Sam Stewart, Ballymoney and Raymond Herbison, Cloughmills.

The MacLaughlin Cup and £5 donated by Grace Smyrell for the exhibitor gaining most points in Section 1, Confined Section - Auldwyn Calderwood, Dunloy.

The Horticultural Cup and £5 donated by Grace Smyrell for the exhibitor gaining most points in Section 2, Vegetables - Sam Moore, Brougshane and Auldwyn Calderwood, Dunloy.

The R.J. Carson Memorial Cup awarded to the winner of Class 45, a Collection of Vegetables and a special prize of £10 donated by Trevor Wright - Sam Moore, Brougshane.

Second Prize £5: Auldwyn Calderwood, Dunloy.

Third Prize £2: Kenny Bacon, Ballymoney

The Dill Cup for the exhibitor gaining the most points in Section 3, Fruit - Dennis Connelly, Balnamore.

The Tresna Cup awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Section 3, Tomatoes - Trevor Wright, Dunaghy.

A prize of £5 (donated by Dennis Connelly) awarded to the best exhibit of Tomatoes - Trevor Wright, Dunaghy.

The John & Eileen Mathews Cup awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Sections 1, 2 & 3 Fruit & Vegetables - Auldwyn Calderwood, Dunloy.

The Orr Cup awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Section 4, Sweet Pea - Derrick Turbitt, Portstewart.

The Moffett Cup awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Section 4, Gladioli - Dennis Connelly, Balnamore.

The Craigdun Rose Bowl awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Section 4, Roses - Geoffrey Robinson, Cloughmills.

The Mulree Cup awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Section 4, Hybrid Tea Roses - Geoffrey Robinson, Cloughmills.

Special Prizes donated by John Patton presented for Class 62, Roses Hybrid Tea, Box of six blooms. First Prize £5.00: Geoffrey Robinson, Cloughmills, Second Prize £3.00: Evelyne Robinson, Ballymoney.

The McKeever Cup awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Section 4, Dahlias - Derrick Turbitt, Portstewart.

The Moore Lodge Cup awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Section 4, Sweat Pea, Gladioli, Roses and Dahlias - Derrick Turbitt, Portstewart.

The Sleator Cup awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Section 4, Other Flowers and Pot Plants - Betty Holmes, Garvagh.

The Leslie Hill Cup awarded to the winner of Class 81 Carnations, 5 blooms - Sam Moore, Brougshane.

A gift token presented by Damhead Nurseries for the exhibitor gaining most points in

Section 4, Flowers - Derrick Turbitt, Portstewart.

The Ballymoney Garden Centre Cup and a £3 gift voucher awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Section 5, Cacti and Succulents – First Prize - Auldwyn Calderwood, Dunloy. Second Prize - Frank Herbison, Cloughmills. Third Prize - Moira Herbison, Cloughmills.

Special Prize donated by Evelyne Robinson awarded to the exhibitor gaining the most points in Section 6, Fuchsia. William McCurdy, Ballymoney

The Michael Cup and £5 presented by John Hartin awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Section 7, Floral Art - Elizabeth Connor, Garvagh.

The Losty Tray and £5 donated by Grace Smyrell awarded to the exhibitor gaining second highest number of points in Section 7, Floral Art - Pat Hartin, Ballymoney.

The Holmes Cup which is awarded to the Women’s Institute gaining most points in Section 8, Women’s Institute Section - Kilrea WI

The Peg Pollock Cup and a Gift Token worth £5 presented by Buds n Bows awarded to the Institute member gaining most points in Section 9, Women’s Institute Individual Member Section - Margaret Bamford, Kilrea WI.

Second Prize of £5 donated by Grace Smyrell - Elizabeth Connor, Garvagh WI.

The William H Anderson Memorial Shield and a prize of £5 donated by Evelyne Robinson awarded to the exhibitor Under 9 gaining most points in Section 10a, Young Persons Classes – Rachel Gilmour, Ballymoney.

The John Patton Trophy, and second prize of £3 donated by Sylvia Robb - Rebekah Calderwood, Cup.

Third prize of £2 donated by Sylvia Robb - Luke Hamill, Coleraine.

The JM Wreath and a prize of £5 donated by Kenny Bacon awarded to the exhibitor 9 years and over gaining most points in Section 10b, Young Persons Classes – Jack Finney, Ballymoney.

Second prize of £3 donated by Sylvia Robb – Gavin Finney, Ballymoney.

Third prize of £2 donated by Sylvia Robb – Susan Chestnutt, Bushmills.

The Greer Cup and a special prize of £10 donated by Gertrude Aiken awarded to the competitor gaining most points in Section 11, Home Industries - Betty Holmes, Garvagh.

Second Prize of £5 donated by Kenny Bacon - Mary Wright, Dunaghy.

The Borough Trophy and a special prize of £10 donated by Gertrude Aiken awarded to the exhibitor gaining the most points in Section 11, Home IndustriesJams and Preserves - Betty Holmes, Garvagh.

The Patterson Trophy awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Section 12, Handcrafts - Margaret Pitcher, Ballymoney

The Jack Pollock Trophy awarded to the exhibitor gaining the second highest number of points in Show - Sam Moore, Brougshane.

The North Antrim Horticultural Cup awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Show - Auldwyn Calderwood, Dunloy.

The first meeting of the Club’s winter programme will be on Monday 29 September in the Shiels Room, Ballymoney Town Hall. The speaker that night will be Derrick Turbitt his topic ‘Preparing for Spring’. As always prospective new members will be most welcome.