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2017 Chairman's Review
Following on from the poor Summer Show 2016, both financially and weatherwise, the Executive Committee welcomed Peter Wood's lifeline of £5000.00 in honour of his grandfather (a founder member of the Society). I certainly felt the 2017 Show had reached a "make or break" situation and I am pretty certain the Exec Committee felt the same.
January 2017 it certainly was all systems go. Nikki Mc Caughrean offered her services as Trade Stand Manager and together I found myself going through Trade Application Forms dating back many years and passing likely interested parties onto to Nikki who followed up via websites, email addresses etc. We got together frequently and initially slowly recruited Traders to take up pitches. January may seem early but it really did take six months to slowly increase the numbers of Traders. Of course June then saw a flurry of people wanting pitches so all was well and 32 pitches were taken up.
I was determined we should find attractions for teenagers hence the ferris wheel and the lily pad bouncing pods. The ferris wheel being assembled on the Thursday certainly whet many appetites and both attractions were immediately successful.
AND THE SUN SHONE
We had a fabulous attendance , as Clive has commented in the past, if you cannot see the grass for people we have a good show.
The Show Dance organised and run by Ian and Diane McCarter made enough money to cover expenses, the first time we haven't made a loss, likewise the Car Boot was again well attended and successful.
We hired two marquees to the So Talented Group for their Summer Show and a small number of us served refreshments. If we do this again we will have to provide food; it seems watching your offspring perform makes you very hungry.
As you can appreciate the whole run up to the Summer Show was hectic but it paid off and from Keith's report we made a profit. Peter's donation apart, it's the first time we have made such a profit in the 11 years I have been Chairman.
Talking as Chairman, I put my name forward in 2006 because the Society was not in a good place and I thought I might be of help although at the time I didn't know we had lost £8.000 at the Summer Show and all the Children's Committee had resigned. I recruited a number of people onto committees mainly in Dobbies because it was newly opened and plenty of people were going to see what it was like. I did at times feel I was being avoided but the opportunity was there and I look advantage of it. Of late lack of numbers in the Committees has meant I have stepped in.
I have been accused of being "too hand's on" but I feel if the Chairman is willing to do whatever it takes then everyone else are willing to give it a go. I confess I have had to push myself well beyond what should be expected of anyone and this is the reason after eleven years I feel it is time for a younger person to take over.
BUT we need more members in the Committees. Many hands make like light work and if the load can be spread putting on a Summer Show, the like of which we have managed to update and improve upon, would be so much easier.
We need a Secretary, another role I have assumed, and we do not have a Catering Chairman or a Committee. There are members willing to help on Show Day but we are desperate for leaders.
v After serious thought the Exec decided to discontinue the monthly talks. On average speakers' fees are £60 and the Hall rental is £24.00. Most attendances are between 12 and 20 people. Apart from being embarrassing the Society cannot sustain the losses.
I thank Keith for his support as Treasurer. He has been under a great deal of strain with the improvements to St. John's Church which are still ongoing and initially he said he would be Treasurer as long as I was Chairman so we are both throwing our hats in the ring but Peter volunteered to take on the role of Treasurer and the Society coffers couldn't be in safer hands.
Finally I thank the members of the Exec Committee for their support over the years. The Summer and Harvest Shows and Plant a Pot have always been joint occasions achieved by all of us and I thank them for their support and tireless energy.
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97th AINSDALE SHOW TROPHY WINNERS
E. Tomlinson JP Memorial Trophy - Mr. W. W. Howarth
RHS Banksian Medal - Mrs C Tate
Perpetual Silver Trophy - Mr. W. W. Howarth
E. Tomlinson JP Trophy - Mrs S Rimmer
Preston Trophy - Mr Brian Harrison
Wilson Trophy - Mr Brian Harrison
G.U.M. Trophy - Mr W W Howarth
A.E. Hobson Trophy - Mr R Rimmer
B.H. Roy Trophy - Miss A Howard
C.B. Hudson Trophy - Mrs V Austin
Royal National Rose Society Medal - Mr R Rimmer
E.Tomlinson JP Trophy - Mr. A Rice
Mrs W K Osborne Trophy - Mrs C Tate
R Wood Trophy - Mrs C Tate
Bertrand Travis Trophy - Mrs C Tate
Novices' Class - Not awarded
National Sweet Pea Bronze Medal - Mr Rice
Bronze Award Card - Mr A Rice
T. H. Russell Trophy - Mr W W Howarth
The Russell Hewett Memorial Trophy - Mrs. S Bray
Garden NewsTop Vase - Mrs P Shenton
E O Hall Trophy - N/A
Subscribers Badge Southport Flower Show - Mr. W. W. Howarth
Crested Spoon - Mr D Marshall
Blue Rosette - Mr D Marshall
V. R. Vyner-Brooks Trophy - Mr. W. W. Howarth
Hortex Trophy - Mrs A Hanley
CACTI & SUCCULENTS
The Allison Trophy - Mr W W Howarth
PELARGONIUMS & GERANIUMS
K. M. Christian Trophy - Mr D Marshall
Crested Spoon - Mr D Marshall
Gold Award Card - Mr D Marshall
Silver Award Card - Mr D Marshall
Subscriber's Badge for Southport Flower Show
Most points - Mr W W Howarth
FRUIT & VEGETABLES
Timberlake Trophy - Mr. W W Howarth
D. S. Davies Trophy - Mr W W Howarth
National Vegetable Society Medal - Mr N Massam
Subscribers Badge - Mr W W Howarth
Garden News Top Tray - Bridge Inn Community Farm
Perpetual Challenge Trophy - Mrs S Bray
Village Trophy - J. Williams
Walter Gleave Trophy - Mrs S Bray
Bleasdale Trophy - J Williams
Timberlake Trophy - Mrs S Bray
Bamber Trophy - Mrs S Bray
Ainsdale Trophy - Mrs P Fawcett
Leeming Trophy - Mrs. S Bray
Graham Trophy - Mrs C Tate
PRESERVES & CONFECTIONERY
Councillor Yates Trophy - Miss J Griffin
Ainsdale Young Mothers - Mrs A Norris
Peggy Tillot Memorial Trophy - Mrs A Wilcox
Southport Flower Show Subscribers Badge
Peggy Ratcliffe Memorial Trophy - Miss S Clarke
Barclays Bank Trophy - Miss S Clarke
Ainsdale Young Mothers - MrsA Norris
Ronnie Horner Memorial Trophy - Mrs C A Kirk
Moorman Trophy - Mrs.Gillian Skinner
The Artists Trophy - Mrs V Austin
Christel Rothwell Memorial Trophy - Mrs V Austin
Strange Trophy - Mr J Upton
SENIOR SCHOOL EXHIBITORS
VEGETABLES & FLOWERS
North Trophy - Oliver Bedwell
Hill Trophy - Issy McCarter
New Trophy Best Exhibit - Alexandra York
Webb Trophy - Christian Saundry
Shelley Lewis Lavender Trophy - Sophie Redfern
YOUNG EXHIBITORS' TROPHIES
North Trophy - Christy Niblock
Turner Shield - Miss M Everitt
Hill Trophy - Mst. Clovis Wood
Shelley Lewis - Lavender Trophy - Miss L Godsell Morris Webb Trophy - Miss M Everitt
Ainsworth Trophy - Joel Greenbank
Bond Shield - Amelia McIntergart
Bond Shield for Schools - Shoreside
Brownies - Tilly Reevey
Carter Hodge Shield - Reuben Drane
Clara Fenna Memorial Trophy - Luke Stickland
Beavers - Ellie Pope
Cubs - Elliot Goldup
Scouts - Ben Shanley
Guides - Eden Birch
Heaton Trophy - Amelia Kane
Mather Trophy - Kate Brayshaw
J Walmesley Trophy - Isabelle McCarter
Rainbows - Tayla Wareing
Rigby Trophy - Olivia Dowling
Ruth Hack Trophy - Lottie Leek
Walker Cup - Isobel Mckenzie
2017 Floral Queen & Rosebud
2017's Floral Queen Rebecca McLeish and attendants with Rosebud Maria Moya: Millie, Lauren, Eden and Jemima.
Julien's Fruit Tree Pollination Checker
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