Blooming good success at the Town Council’s 5th Horticultural and Produce Show

This year’s Horticultural Show saw another impressive year with hundreds of visitors through the doors at the former McIntyre Store in Newgate Street.

Visitors were impressed with beautiful flowers, bumper sized vegetables and stunning floral arrangements, with growers from Bishop Auckland and surrounding areas exhibiting in the show. With forty-one different categories, including everything from chrysanthemums to cauliflowers, exhibitors went head to head for prizes including medals and certificates from the Chrysanthemum and Delilah Societies to which the show is affiliated.

Special thanks went to the shows organisers, Trevor Hogg, Joan Hogg, Chris Davidson and Liz Drake, who were delighted to see their hard work pay off having been preparing for a number of months, and to Beryl Anderson from the Enterprise Agency who provided valued assistance with the organisation of the show.

The Mayor of Bishop Auckland Joy Allen praised the show saying: “It was fantastic to see so many vegetable entries, beautiful flowers, children’s entries and home baked goods’ and importantly everyone joining in and having a good time.”

“I am also so very grateful to the exhibitors and members of the public who made generous donations for my chosen charity in aid of The Angel Trust, where a massive £270 was raised!” she added.

The money raised was given a fantastic boost by Hathaway Roofing who kindly match funded the total amount, bringing the grand total to £540! Hathaway Roofing are a local company based at Tindale in Bishop Auckland.  More details about Hathaway Roofing can be found on their website.

Mayor Joy Allen And Beryl Anderson at the Horticultural Show
Mayor Joy Allen And Beryl Anderson at the Horticultural Show

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Photographs by John Alderson Photography




Horticultural and Produce Show 2018

Blooming good success at the Town Council’s 4th Horticultural and Produce Show
Mayor David Fleming with the Winner of the Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society Awards

It was another impressive year for the show with hundreds of visitors flocking into the Town Hall.  Judges cast a keen eye over the high standard of entries during another challenging growing season for many local gardeners which has seen a hot summer followed by gale force winds that damaged many poly tunnels.  The large number of exhibits showed a great perseverance and support for the show which is becoming a firm favourite in the exhibitor calendar.

There were plenty of gorgeous blooms and impressive vegetables to look at with growers from Bishop Auckland and around the area exhibiting in the show.  With forty three different categories, including everything from chrysanthemums to cauliflowers, exhibitors went head to head for prizes including medals and certificates from the Chrysanthemum and Dalilah Societies to which the show is affiliated.

Thanks to Tam Mayor from The Auckland Project who helped judge the Home Produce Section and has been working for weeks with different groups, extra tables had to be laid out to accommodate the big rise in the number of entries to the children’s section which included photographs, paintings, poems, cress heads and painted pebbles.  Thanks also to Anne-Williams Maughan who stepped in last minute to help judge the Children’s Section and Home Produce Section.

Special thanks went to those who helped to organise the show, Trevor Hogg, Joan Hogg, Chris Davidson and Liz Drake, who were delighted to see their hard work pay off having been preparing for a number of months.

The Mayor of Bishop Auckland David Fleming praised the show saying:
“It was fantastic to see so many vegetable entries, beautiful flowers, children’s entries and home baked goods’ and importantly everyone joining in and having a good time.”

“I am also so very grateful to the exhibitors and members of the public who made generous donations for my chosen charity in aid of Woodhouse Community Foodbank, where a massive £350 was raised!” he added.

All leftover vegetables were also donated to the Foodbank.




Horticultural and Produce Show 2017

Green fingered success for Bishop Auckland Town Council’s 3rd Horticultural and Produce Show

A selection of Colourful Chrysanthemums and Dahlias on display
A selection of Colourful Chrysanthemums and Dahlias on display

It was another impressive year for the show with over 400 visitors flocking into the Town Hall, while judges praised the high standard of entries during a challenging growing season for many local gardeners.

There were plenty of gorgeous blooms and impressive vegetables to look at with growers from Bishop Auckland and around the area exhibiting in the show.  With forty different categories, including everything from chrysanthemums to cauliflowers, there was plenty of scope for competitors to pick up a prize.

Thanks to Tam Mayor from Auckland Project who has been working for weeks with different groups, the children’s section was particularly busy with over 40 ‘garden in a seed tray’ entries, photographs, paintings and poems.

Those who helped to organise the show, Trevor Hogg, Joan Hogg, Chris Davidson and Liz Drake were delighted to see their hard work pay off having been preparing for a number of months.

The Mayor of Bishop Auckland Adam Zair praised the show saying:

“It was fantastic to see so many vegetable entries, beautiful flowers, children’s entries and home baked goods.”

“I am also pleased to announce that left over produce was auctioned at the end of the show, and thanks to the generosity of the exhibitors just over £250 was raised for my chosen charity the Great North Air Ambulance.”

Flowers and Vegetables that were left over were also used in an ‘Invention Test’ at St Anne’s Church as part of the ‘Encounters with Hope’ themed weekend of prayer at the church.




Horticultural and Produce Show 2016

Bishop blooms once again at Town Council’s 2nd Horticultural and Produce show
Horticultural and Produce Show 2016 - Overview of the Show

With thirty one different classes this year, including various vegetables, flowers, home baked goods and a children’s section, Bishop Auckland Town Hall was transformed into a show of very high standards, as it draws in over three hundred entries.

The judges were particularly pleased by the exceptional quality of the exhibitor’s entries and agreed that the winners had been a difficult choice.

The Mayor of Bishop Auckland Ann Golightly praised the show saying:

“I was thrilled to see the fantastic vegetable entries, beautiful flowers and home baked goods and it was fantastic to see such a huge turnout of exhibitors.”

‘Thank you to all of those who took the time to come along and enter the show, and a special thank you to the stewards who made the show possible, without the help of Liz Drake, Chris Davidson, Trevor Hogg, Bobby Latcham and Gordon Hodgson the show could not have taken place.”

Produce was auctioned at the end of the show and thanks to the generosity of the exhibitors just over £200 was raised for the Mayor’s charity the Butterwick Hospice.  Vegetables that were left over were donated to the Woodhouse Close food bank.