Entering the Dean and Shelton Country Show
Village Flower Shows have been part of rural life for many years and the Dean and Shelton Country Show dates back to 1885. The heart and soul of the show have always been the flower show. This year’s show includes classes for Vegetables, Fruit, Flowers, Household plants, Floral Art, Photography. Craftwork, Cookery, eggs and Preserves. For children, there are also classes including handwriting and model making. Why not try your hand in one or more of the classes. There is something for almost everyone and simply having a go is a lot of fun, and there are eleven trophies to be won.
How to enter
1. Read the Show Schedule and complete an entry form
Choose the classes you want to enter and complete the entry form.
You must use the Official Entry Form, which can be found in the show programme.
We cannot accept entries by e-mail.
Schedules and entry forms are available by completing the contact form and requesting a copy, these can be posted to you emailed to downloaded from this website or collected from the places shown below.
Schedules and entry forms are also available by phoning the Chairman on 01234 708462, these can be posted or collected from the places shown below.
Schedules and entry forms can be collected from either the porch of All Hallows Church in Upper Dean or from Olivers Tea Rooms in Kimbolton.
Schedules and entry forms will not be available until the second week of July.
2. Calculate your entry fees
Entry fee of £1 up to 5 entries, £2 up to 10 entries, and £3 for 11 entries or more.
Payment must be submitted along with the entry form.
The entry fee should be paid in cash however payment by cheque is acceptable for postal applications.
3. Take or post the completed entry form, together with your entry fee to:
Show Secretary, Ruth Fitch, Cades Cottage, High Street, Upper Dean, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 0LY.
Postal applications much reach the Show Secretary no later than Wednesday 4th September.
Entries by hand should be made to Cades Cottage on Wednesday 4th, Thursday 5th September between 7.00 and 9.00 pm
Please note exhibits will not be accepted at this address.
You will be given an exhibitor number and a series of tickets, these should be clearly displayed and suitably stuck to the plate or vase or your exhibit before handing in your entries.
4. Take your exhibits to the Dalton Hall, Upper Dean, PE28 0LT:
Friday evening 6th September between 6.00 and 8.00 pm, or on show day 7th September between 8:30 am and 10:00 am in the morning.
For all Postal entries please give your name at the steward's desk and an entry ticket will be given to you from the show secretary at the stewards’ desk during staging.
You will be able to place your own exhibits on Friday evening before show day. Find the tables reserved for the classes you have entered and arrange your exhibit. Should you decide to deliver your entries on show day please hand your exhibits to the show secretary who will record your entry and ask a steward to place the exhibit for you. Please ensure you arrive with your exhibits in good time, as we have to close the Dalton Hall at 10 am to enable judging to commence.
Thank you for your interest in the Dean and Shelton Country Show, it is one of the longest-running village shows in Britain, we are currently working on the next show and there are many opportunities to get involved with the show whether as a volunteer, exhibitor or stallholder we look forward to hearing from you. We are always also looking for good ideas for the show, volunteers to help negotiate with new sponsors, sell adverts for the programme/schedule, help set up the stalls and the Tea tent, car parking marshalling and a host of other things required to help make the show a great success.
If you would like to be involved with the Dean and Shelton Country Show, we would be pleased to hear from you, please email us using the contact form. Or phone the Chairman we will always be very pleased to hear from you.
For further reading please click the link and find Titchmarsh. A. 2012. ‘Be a village showstopper’. The Daily Express. Online at https://www.express.co.uk/comment/columnists/alan-titchmarsh/329766/Be-a-village-showstopper. 20/9/18
Dean and Shelton Country Show Schedule 2018 Example Dean and Shelton Country Show Application Form
For Exhibits in 2018
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Dean and Shelton Country Show Rules
1. The society shall be organised to encourage good cultivation of village gardens. It shall be called the “Dean and Shelton Country Show” and the Officers and Committee shall be elected annually.
2. Postal entries should reach the Show Secretary, Mrs R Fitch, Cades Cottage, High Street, Upper Dean, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, PE28 0LY, by Wednesday 4th September. All other entries should be made by Wednesday 4th or Thursday 5th September 2019 between 7.00 and 9.00 pm.
3. No one may show more than one exhibit in any class.
4. All exhibits must be presented at the venue ready for staging between 6.00 – 8.00 pm on Friday 6th September 2019, or 8.30 – 10.00 am on Show day 7th September 2019.
5. Entry tickets for postal applications will be available from the stewards’ desk at staging.
6. All reasonable care will be taken of the exhibits and no one other than the Judges, their assistants or the Stewards will be allowed in the hall until after the official opening at 2.00 pm.
7. All classes will be judged, but certificates will only be awarded at the judges’ discretion.
8. Exhibits should be collected at 4 pm, any exhibits left after this time will be auctioned in aid of the chosen charity.
9. Insurance of the cups/rose bowls is the responsibility of the winners. All trophies must be returned 2 weeks before the date of the next show.
10. All dogs will be kept on a lead and under control at all times. No dogs will be allowed in the Dalton Hall or Tea Tent at any time.
Judging takes place in the Dalton Hall from 10 am until 1 pm, the Dalton Hall is locked during this time and access is denied to everyone except Show Stewards and officials. Judges will allocate points and these are awarded for correct presentation and the quality of produce, award cards are handwritten and are awarded are down to third place, each year eleven cups are presented during the show by the show committee and the guest speaker, these then are engraved afterwards with the winner's name and year. It is the responsibility of the cup winner to safeguard the cup until the next show when it should be returned safely to be used again. During the show, the cups are displayed under the verandah of the Dalton Hall.
"I would like to enter but do not know what to do !"
The following books are available to help you exhibit especially for the first time or to help you improve the quality of your produce.
Title RHS Great British Village Show.
Author T. Prince and M. Biggs
Publisher Dorling Kindersley Ltd
Date Printed 03/04/2017
Product Code GBVS
ISBN Number 978-0241255612
Format Hardback, 224 pages
Price RRP £20.00 but is available new from £6.99
The RHS Great Village Show is published in conjunction with the RHS and with a foreword by Alan Titchmarsh, explains how judges reach their nail-biting decisions, and all the official guidelines they have to follow, there are great tips from experts on preparing show quality preserves and bakes. Packed with staging tips, expert guides, photo diaries, and prize-winning recipes, this book is highly recommended.
Title The Horticultural Show Handbook
Author Royal Horticultural Society
Publisher RHS Media
Year Printed Reprinted 11/02/16
ISBN Number 978-1907057656
Price Early printings available second hand from £2.45
The Horticultural Handbook is the essential RHS reference for organising, judging, and competing in horticulture, and gardening shows, First published in 1953, many updated reprints are available second hand with the latest reprint in 2017.
This image is historic exhibitors are now allowed to place their own exhibits.
Exhibition standard vegetable varieties as recommended by the RHS
BROAD BEAN: Exhibition Longpod, Imperial Green Longpod
DWARF FRENCH BEAN: Masterpiece (flat pods), The Prince (flat pods) or any round-podded cultivar, although flat podded peas are preferred by exhibitors
RUNNER BEAN: Enorma, Liberty
BEETROOT (round): Boltardy, Red Ace F1, Pablo F1
BEETROOT (long): Mammoth Long, Cheltenham Greentop
CABBAGE: Any F1 hybrid cultivar according to the season of maturity
CABBAGE (red): Any F1 hybrid cultivar according to the season of maturity
CARROT (long): New Red Intermediate, St Valery
CARROT (stump): Berlicum and Nantes hybrids, Chantenay selections
CALABRESE: Marathon, any good F1 cultivar
CAULIFLOWER: Any F1 hybrid according to the season of maturity. Must be white curded
CELERY: Evening star, Mammoth, Morning Star
COURGETTE: Any F1 hybrid cultivar
CUCUMBER: King George, any F1 hybrid cultivar
LEEK: Mammoth Blanch, Mammoth Pot
LETTUCE (Butterhead): Any well-grown cultivar
LETTUCE (Cos): Little Gem, Lobjoits
LETTUCE (Crisphead): Lakeland, Saladin
MARROW: Any F1 hybrid cultivar
ONION (over 8oz/250g): Ailsa Craig, The Kelsae
ONION (8oz/250g and under): Midsummer maturing = Toughball – overwintered; late summer maturing = Centurion. New Fen Globe, Sturon, Turbo, from sets, any F1 hybrid cultivar from seed
PARSNIP: Gladiator F1, Albion F1, any well-grown F1 hybrid
PEA: Show Perfection, Alderman
PEPPER: Bell-Boy, Redskin
POTATO (white): Winston, Nadine
POTATO (coloured): Maxine, Kestrel
PUMPKIN: Any well-grown cultivar
SHALLOT: Hative de Niort
SWEET PEPPER: Bell-Boy, California Wonder
TOMATO: Any F1 hybrid
TURNIP: Any well-grown cultivar
Suppliers of show quality vegetable seeds and plantlet's
Available as seeds, and in some cases plants, from a wide range of suppliers, including specialist exhibition growers:
Fosters Seeds also plantlets
01947 840 666
JBA Seed Potatoes
Tel: 01461 202 567
Medwyns of Anglesey (400 vegetable growing articles online)
Tel: 01248 714 851
W Robinson and Son (Seeds and Plants) Ltd
Tel: 01524 791 210
Notes and Guidance for Exhibitors
If you do not have them already then on arrival, collect your exhibitor’s tickets from the Show Secretary and check the positions of the classes you have entered. Put the correct ticket under your exhibit then sellotape it to the plate, vase or jar.
If you have questions please ask one of the Stewards or committee members who will be on hand to help. (Please note that the committee would appreciate the naming of exhibits in the vegetable, fruit and flower classes as such information does add to the interest for visitors to the show.)
Attention should be paid to match the sizes of the items.
Vegetables & Fruit Specimens should be free of blemishes and as identical as possible in size, shape, colour, freshness and degree of maturity.
Make sure all vegetables are clean: wash roots gently but do not scrub them.
Carrots and beet should have their foliage trimmed to not more than 7.5cm (3”) from the top of the shoulder of the root.
Where possible Courgettes and Cucumbers should have the flower still adhering.
Herbs are usually presented in a neat bunch sufficient to fill a vase 15cm (6”) in height and must be labelled.
Currants should be shown in bunches as they grow.
Soft fruit should be shown with the stalk.
Flowers are to be shown in one container only.
Use vases or bowls that are as plain as possible.
Foliage from plants other than that of the single flower classes being exhibited must not be included, flower displays can use any foliage.
Please date all preserves. Jars should be of clear glass, free from all commercial marks and well polished.
Jam, jelly, curd and marmalade should have a waxed disc and cellophane to form the seal of preservation. If no seal of preservation is present the item may be judged not acceptable, metal lids are not recommended.
Cakes should be presented on a plain white plate.
Bread can be presented on a wooden breadboard.
Handicrafts. Credit may be given for an original design.
All photographs should be A4 and may be mounted on a card but unframed. they should not carry any wording other than a title.
These notes are not definitive and are for guidance only please see additional tips and guidance in the general section
please copy and paste the For further reading concerning judging HTML document into your search bar or click the link below.
Buchanan U. A. 2006. ‘Border Lines Judging’. The Telegraph.
Dean and Shelton Flower Show Awards
OVERALL SHOW WINNER
Dean and Shelton Flower Show Memorial Cup
(First presented in 1979, in memory of Mrs. C Mackay Brown and Rev B Aylott)
Awarded to the overall show winner with most points in all classes.
VEGETABLE CLASSES WINNER
Eileen Wade Rose Bowl
(First presented in1978, in memory of Eileen Wade)
Awarded for the most points in the vegetable classes.
(First presented in1980 by the committee)
Awarded to newcomers to the villages of Dean and Shelton only in the past 5 years,
with the highest number of points awarded on their winning entries.
CHILDRENS OVERALL WINNER
Dalton Children’s Cup
(Presented in 1982, by the Dalton Trustees)
Awarded to children under 16 with the highest number of points in classes.
GARDEN PRODUCE WINNER
(Presented in 1982, originally as the Garden Cup)
Awarded for the winner of most points in the fruit, produce and egg classes.
ONION CLASSES WINNER
Jim Lilly Memorial Award
(Presented by miss Joan Hobbs)
Awarded for the winner of most points in classes.
FLOWER DISPLAY WINNER
(First Presented in 1995, by the committee)
Awarded for most points in the Flower Classes.
BEST SHOW PHOTOGRAPH WINNER, UNDER 18 AND UNDER
Simon Peck Rose Bowl
(Presented in 1984, by Simon Peck)
Awarded for best show photograph 18 and under.
BEST SHOW PHOTOGRAPH WINNER
(Presented by Mr. and Mrs. Caves)
Awarded to the winner of best show photograph.
FLOWER CRAFT WINNER
The Dillingham Trophy
(Presented in 1994, by the Dillingham family)
Awarded for most points in classes. Baking classes 2018
The Frank and Doris Gamblen Memorial Plate
(Presented in 1985, by the Gamblen family)
Awarded for the most points in the bakery classes.
Dean and Shelton Flower Show Overall Show Winners 1951 to present day
1951 to 2018
1951 F. Squirrel
1952 F. Squirrel
1953 F. Squirrel
1954 L. Hewitt
1955 L. Hewitt
1956 L. Hewitt
1957 L. Hewitt
1958 L. Hewitt
1959 L. Hewitt
1960 L. Hewitt
1961 L. Hewitt
1962 L. Hewitt
1963 L. Hewitt
1964 L. Hewitt
1965 L. Hewitt
1966 L. Hewitt
1967 Miss. Moreley
1968 L. Hewitt
1969 Miss. Moreley
1970 L. Hewitt
1971 L. Hewitt
1972 L. Hewitt
1973 L. Hewitt
1974 L. Hewitt
1975 L. Hewitt
1976 L. Hewitt
1977 L. Hewitt
1978 L. Hewitt
1979 L. Hewitt
1980 L. Hewitt
1981 L. Hewitt
1983 L. Hewitt
1984 E.W. Butlin
1985 E.W. Butlin
1986 Mrs. E.M. Clark
1987 Mrs. E.M. Clark
1988 J. Hewitt
1989 E.W. Butlin
1990 J. Hewitt
1991 Mrs. K. Banks
1992 Mrs. K. Banks
1993 Mrs. B. Burns
1994 Mrs. B. Burns
1995 J. Mcleod
1996 Mrs. L. Tippler / J. Mcleod
1997 Mrs. S. Hudson
1998 Mrs. B. Burns
1999 Mrs. K. Banks
2000 M. Muncaster / Mrs. B. Burns
2001 M. Griffin
2002 M. Griffin
2003 M. Griffin
2004 R. Hallsworth
2005 M. Griffin
2006 Mrs. A. Phillips
2007 M. Griffin
2008 Mrs. A.Phillips
2009 M. Griffin
2010 Mrs. B. Baker
2011 Mrs. R. Neale
2012 Mrs. F. Slowe
2013 Mrs. D. Brummell
2014 S. Hurford-Dawson
2015 Mrs. D. Hudson
2016 Mrs. D. Hudson
2017 Mrs. D. Hudson
2018 Mrs. C. Pattison
Dean and Shelton Country Show Judges
Flowers, and Baking Classes
Vegetables and drinks Classes
Dog Show Classes
Sue Law and Jean