Emc Singer
Hurst Horticultural & Home Industries August Show
Saturday 17 August 2019
Organised by the Hurst Horticultural & Cottage Garden Society

Show Information:

2019 Classes Revealed

Schedule Cover

The 2019 Schedule Cover

This year´s printed schedule will be delivered to all households in Hurst towards the end of June. It will also be available free from local shops and businesses. However, right now a class list, entry form and guidance notes are available for download under the "Entry Documents" tab above.

Classes this year include a "Ooops" table for any cooking or preserve disaster by an entrant to show that accidents happen to everyone. There is also a computer coding challenge to create a simple website using just HTML, CSS and JPG files, a guidance note is available for download under the "Guidance" tab above.

Society´s AGM and General Meeting

At the AGM on the 9 April, all committee members were re-elected and the treasurer reported that our 2018 show made a surplus and this allowed us to agree to donate £500 to a charity and this year the Hurst 1st Air Scouts was chosen.

Minutes of the AGM and the Planning Meeting that followed are both available for download in the Management Documents section of the About Us tab above.

EMC Jazz Band Return for 2019

The very popular EMC Jazz band will return for this year´s show.

Successful 2018 Show

2018 Schedule

Lorraine Cox Singing with EMC Jazz at the August Show
(picture Janet Smith)

Two more tables were needed to cope with the increased number of children's entries this year. The number of cooking, preserves, handicrafts, art and photography classes were about the same as last year but the horticultural exhibits were understandably down because of the recent extaordinary hot and dry weather conditions. In fact the drop by one-third was not as bad as expected and showed the perseverance of the gardeners that support the show.

A highlight this year was the EMC Jazz band and their singer Lorraine Cox who entertained the over 400 visitors to the show and made it swing.

The chairman, Keith Attfield, said it was wonderful to see everyone enjoying themselves and that there were so many families with children enjoying themselves in the warm dry afternoon.

The results and list of trophy winners can be downloaded from the Results tab, and over the next few days photographs from the show will also be added.

Mini Show Success

Well done to Hilary Reed who won the 2018 Potato in a Bucket competition for the second year in a row at the mini show held on July 3rd last year. Keith Attfield was second and his wife, Julie, third. Everybody is wondering about Hilary´s secret ingedient.

Penny Curry won the sweet pea class with her long stemed, fragant flowers. In a difficult year with very hot dry weather her entry was quite an achievement. Sheila Whittaker and John Penney shared second prize.

The evening was held at Suzy Watts´ wonderful home and William, Elliott, Hugh and Serena, pupils at Dolphin School, organised the potato weigh-in with teacher, Sian Moore, keeping her eye on things.

St Nicholas School Cup

August Show

The Cordwell-Scott family with the St Nicholas School Cup they won for gaining the most points by a family with children at the school. Presented by Suzy Watt, the Society´s President

The St Nicholas School Cup is won by the family with children at the school who gain the most points. This year it was won by the Cordwell-Scott family.

2018 Show Photographs

All the photographs of the 2018 Show taken by Janet Smith, Jeff Hopkins and Roger McCallam are available to view under the Pictures tab above. These are organised by year and then into sections as there are so many. The Show is very grateful to Janet, Jeff and Roger for giving their time and taking such wonderful photographs so we have a fantastic record of the event.

Feedback Welcome

Those on our news mailing list will receive occassional details about the Show and the Society´s other activities and it´s easy to add yourself. See News Mailing List paragraph below.


Jam judging is a serious business - Kathy Tuggey, one of the Home Industries judges. (Picture Janet Smith)


Instructions and Guidelines for Exhibitors

Instructions and guidelines have been written to help and encourage exhibitors for the 2019 Show. The six available so far are: 1) Cooking and Preserves, 2) Fruit, Vegetables and Flowers; 3) Children's Growing Classes; 4) Flavoured Spirit; 5) Eggs; and 6) Website Building - Class 140. These can be found by clicking on the “Guidance” option above.

Photographs, Results and Press Coverage

Show photographs can be viewed from the “Pictures” link above and press coverage can be seen here: Press Coverage

Show History

1939 Poster

Old Show Poster

The first Show was held in 1902 and known as the Hurst Show. If you would like to read a little history go here: Show History.

Results Archives

The results of previous shows are available from the following page:
Results Archive

Community Links

The Society is one of many local organisations that serve the local community. A list of others can be seen here: Community Links.

2018 Show Supporters

The Society is grateful to the local businesses that support the Show and help pay the printing cost of our schedule and show posters. Here is a list of supporters of the 2018 Show and the organisers are very grateful for their generous and enthusiastic support:

    MOT City - Garage Services
    Parkers Twyford
    The Castle Inn

News Mailing List

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Video Class

Click on the link below to see the only entry in the YouTube Video Class of the 2017 Show. The theme was How To.

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Page last updated 05/06/2019.