Arts & Crafts Fair on Saturday 1st December 

After the successfully moving the Arts & Crafts sale from October to December last year, on a damp and dreary day we still managed to entice in many shoppers looking for original hand made Christmas presents. 

We had 25 stalls selling a huge variety of crafts and produce as well as the potter’s wheel. The Charity Cake Stall was as popular as ever and £270.00 pounds has been donated to our local branch of the Samaritans, helping to keep it open every day of the year. The Director of the branch phoned to thank us for our generous gift, 

A lot of the stallholder’s profits also go to their chosen charities and the charge we make for their stalls covers the hire of the Hall for the day. 

A huge thank you goes out to all the helpers that gave their time setting up and dismantling the stalls, those selling teas and washing up, making cakes and manning the cake stall and all those who came and supported our wonderful local talent. 

The Stallholders always remark on what a lovely atmosphere there is and what a friendly lot we are in Tewin and look forward to the sale again next year on the 7th December. 

Hilary Tipping (Event Organiser)

Art workshop on Tuesday 6th November

This was an Experimental Watercolour workshop, where we tried various substances such as bleach and salt on watercolour. The results were quite effective.  

We hope to have a display of these drawings at the AGM on the 14th of January, so do come along and see them for yourself. 

Creative writing workshop on Thursday 25th October  

There were six of us and, as usual, our tutor, Frances Wilson, inspired and drew us onto more than we ever imagined doing when we woke that morning. We wrote from objects picked out of a bag and experimented with styles of poets whose writing we looked at over the course of the day 

The next writing workshop will be held shortly before the THACS spring show next year. 

Joanne Allen (Workshop Organiser)

Autumn Show on Saturday 1st September

Congratulations to all the exhibitors at the Autumn Show! The display in the afternoon was lovely, especially since the show of exhibits was accompanied by several displays of childrens’ work. The sun shone, the visitors came and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. The logistics all seemed to work well, leading to a smooth-running show with no significant problems along the way.

Pictures of the Show can be seen HERE.

This was the 17th annual Autumn Show and it attracted 96 exhibitors who entered 247 exhibits.  Both of these numbers are much lower than in recent years, so unfortunately the show was noticeably smaller. There was a 37% reduction in the number of adult exhibitors and 25% reduction in the overall number of exhibits compared with last year. Actually, the total number of exhibits was the lowest since detailed records began in 2010. It’s been a very challenging and difficult year for us gardeners, so perhaps the reductions in the entries for Flowers and for Vegetables & Fruits are understandable, but I’m puzzled and concerned about the reductions across the other classes. We even had three whole classes without a single entry:- Adult & Child Pairs Arts & Crafts, Children's Horticulture & Children’s Culinary. I don’t recall that ever happening before! 

We could speculate about the reasons for this reduction in the number of exhibits, but I would rather focus on ideas for generating more exhibits for next time. If you have any comments about the show or suggestions for improving future shows, then please let me know. I would be particularly interested in any suggestions you may have about how to make the schedule more appealing to potential exhibitors and how to generate more interest and entries. 

When it came to the presentation of the prizes, the adult trophy winners were Susan Whitbourn for Flower Arranging, Ray Keppler for Flowers, Ray Keppler for Vegetables & Fruit, Terry Brand for Arts & Crafts, Terry Brand for Photography and Hilary Tipping for Culinary. The Shire Park Bowling Club President’s Shield for horticulture was won by Ray Keppler, whilst the RHS Banksian Medal went to Shirley Barker.  Peter Goodison won the George Humble Crawford Award for Children’s Photography, whilst Annabel Goodison won the Tewin Cowper School Parents’ Association Award for the highest number of points in the children’s classes for horticulture, arts & crafts and culinary. A full list of all the prize-winners is shown below and you can view photographs of the show on the Tewin Village website (go to www.tewinvillage.co.uk/clubs/thacs/ then scroll down to Photographs of THACS previous events to find the link.) 

Many thanks to everyone who helped at the show:-  

  • The staff, helpers and children at Tewin Cowper School and Tewin Under-Fives Pre-school, who have been very enthusiastic and supportive
  • The judges, who give their time and expertise freely
  • The Judges’ Stewards, who helped the judges and recorded the results
  • Linda Crawford and the team of volunteers for lunch for the judges, refreshments in the afternoon and washing up
  • Alison Simpson, Linda Crawford, Shirley Sinfield and Jim Hall who presented some of the prizes
  • John Ling for taking the photographs
  • The committee, who worked so hard to make the show a success
  • All the helpers behind the scenes, setting up and clearing the hall, making cakes for the afternoon refreshments.
  • All the exhibitors, without whom there would be no show! 

The show could not have happened without this incredible support so do please remember that your help is greatly appreciated and never taken for granted. Thank you all very much! 

Ray Keppler (Show Secretary) 

 The Prize Winners


Special Awards for Highest Points

Winners

St Peter’s Church Trophy - Flower Arranging

Susan Whitbourn

Carlton Rose Bowl - Flowers

Ray Keppler

Ivor & Vaughan Williams Trophy - Vegetables & Fruit

Ray Keppler

Shire Park Bowling Club President’s Shield - Horticulture

 (Flower Arranging, Flowers, Vegetables & Fruit)

Ray Keppler

Royal Horticultural Society Banksian Medal – Horticulture (Flowers, Vegetables & Fruit)

Shirley Barker

Friends of Tewin Trophy - Arts & Crafts

Terry Brand

Merv Wilson Trophy - Photography 

Terry Brand

Memorial Hall Trophy - Culinary

Hilary Tipping

THACS Adult & Child Pairs Trophy- Arts & Crafts

Not awarded

Tewin Cowper School Parents’ Association Award – Horticulture, Arts & Crafts and Culinary

Annabel Goodison

George Humble Crawford Award - Children’s Photography

Peter Goodison

  

Adults 

First

Second

Third

Flower Arranging

Susan Whitbourn

Audrey Walters

Joy Lawson

Flowers

Ray Keppler

Diana Brannen

Shirley Barker

Vegetables & Fruit

Ray Keppler

Joy Lawson

Shirley Barker

Arts & Crafts

Terry Brand

Audrey Walters

Jim Hall

Photography

Terry Brand

Ray Keppler

Melanie Goodison & Shirley Ashby

Culinary

Hilary Tipping

Melanie Goodison

Shirley Barker

Adult & Child Pairs

 

 

 

Arts & Crafts

No entries

 

 

  

 Children

Winners

Horticulture

 

Nursery & Reception

No entries

Years 1 & 2

No entries

Years 3 & 4

No entries

Years 5-7

No entries

Years 8-13

No entries

Arts & Crafts

 

Nursery & Reception

Hollie, Charles, Angus & Valerie

Years 1 & 2

Peter Goodison & Ella

Years 3 & 4

Annabel Goodison

Years 5-7

Zoe Farraway

Years 8-13

No entries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Culinary

 

Nursery & Reception

No entries

Years 1 & 2

No entries

Years 3 & 4

No entries

Years 5-7

No entries

Years 8-13

No entries

Photography

 

Years 1 & 2

Peter Goodison

Years 3 & 4

Annabel Goodison

Years 5-7

No entries

Years 8-13

No entries

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

 

Visit to RHS Garden Wisley on Wednesday 25th July

It was back in March when I started to organise this trip. At the time I was hoping that the weather would be kind on the day and that the visit would not be marred by heavy rain. Well, it turned out to be a very hot and sunny day indeed, where the main issue was finding shade and staying cool, rather than dodging the rain. It just goes to show that we need to be careful about what we wish for!

Pictures of the visit to Wisley can be seen HERE

The group of 32 people left Tewin at 9:00 and we had a smooth and comfortable journey in the nicely air-conditioned coach from South Mimms Travel. On arrival, I was pleased to find that everything was ready and waiting for us, so it did not take long to get the entrance tickets and garden maps and to check the arrangements for the mobility scooters and for meeting for the garden tour.  Nine people went on the optional guided tour, which started at 11:30 and lasted about 1½ hours, so there was still plenty of time for lunch and exploration afterwards.

There were several exciting new features that were well-worth closer inspection. The largest development is the construction of the new Welcome Building, which is well under way and due to be completed by the end of next year. The new Bowes-Lyon Rose Garden has now been completed and looked stunning, particularly when enjoyed from the wide sinuous path through it. Another exciting addition was the new 75m Wisteria tunnel on the Top Terrace. The structure still looks a bit stark, but the young Wisterias will soon establish and start to soften the effect and it should be spectacular next May when dripping with beautiful Wisteria blooms.  The new Exotic Garden has established quickly and already looks lush and colourful. It has generous wide paths and plenty of seats, so you can immerse yourself in its lovely atmosphere.

It was interesting to see how the gardens have been coping with the extreme hot and dry weather. The famous mixed borders were still looking magnificent and full of colour, form and texture. However, in a few other parts of the garden there were signs of scorch and die-back. Chatting to some of the gardeners confirmed that the severe weather has been a challenge for them and for some of their plants. However, the RHS is doing some good work to research and advise about gardening in a changing climate, which is something that us gardeners will be increasingly interested in.

Despite the challenges of the recent extreme weather, many of the plants were star-performers and there were some stunning plant combinations. Consequently, the Plant Centre got a good deal of business from our visit, and most people in our group brought plants. I hope that all of the plants settle into their new homes and thrive, providing happy memories of a great day out.

It all went very smoothly and the time-keeping was excellent, so thanks to everyone in the group for helping to make the visit go so smoothly.

Ray Keppler (Event Organiser)  

Tewin Open Gardens on Sunday 20th May 2018 

The abiding memory of Open Gardens’ Day 2018 is that of immaculate gardens, sparkling sunshine and happy faces in Tewin. The ten participating gardeners had worked extremely hard to get each garden up to its peak elegance and very fine they were, too. There was a dramatic range of different gardens, small enclosed gardens, wild and wooded gardens, gardens with play facilities for children and others with seating for grown-ups and the well-tended allotments. 

Some gardeners had provided tea and cakes or drinks for the visitors, plants were for sale and donations were given. More than £700 were raised from paying guests for tickets and nearly as much again was donated for the charities that were being supported. 

The event proved to be a great success with many compliments afterwards and it was well worth the months of planning and hard work that had contributed to such a lovely day. 

We would like to thank: 

  • Those generous gardeners who opened their gardens to the public.
  • The THACS  committee for their continual hard work.
  • The helpers, without whom we would be lost.
  • The staff of Tewin Stores and the Rose and Crown who sold so many tickets.  

We hope you had a memorable day and will have a chance to visit more beautiful gardens over the summer. 

Spring Show on Saturday 14th April 2018

After the ravages of “the beast from the East” and the late wet Spring, it was a delight to see the vibrant colourful displays at the Spring Show in Tewin Memorial Hall. The exhibits covered flower arranging, horticulture, arts & crafts, photography and culinary from both adults and children.

In the Main Hall were beautiful flower arrangements, a delightful display of horticulture exhibits, mouth-watering culinary exhibits and a selection of arts & craft exhibits. The impressive display of show exhibits was enhanced by the large hanging banner from Tewin Parent & Toddler group (hand-print rainbow) and the lovely new one from Tewin Under-Fives Pre-school (depicting the four seasons).  

Since our last show in September, the Parish Room has had a major refurbishment, involving raising the radiators, building a raised floor, installing sound baffles and re-decorating the whole room. The transformation was impressive and the room is now lighter, more inviting, easier to access and it also seems to be larger. We put it all to good use, displaying the photography, painting, calligraphy and prose exhibits, along with the exhibits from the new Adult & Child Pairs class.  

The children’s art exhibits for the Open Class were displayed in the corridor. Usually, the Open Class for children’s art allows children of any age to enter a picture of a specified subject. This time, the subject was open as well, so children of any age could enter a picture of any subject, done in any medium. This resulted in a colourful and diverse collection of pictures from a large number of children. The number of exhibits was so high that the display over-flowed onto the walls of the Kimberly Room (where refreshments were available). 

The adult trophy winners were Mavis Haggar for Flower Arranging, Marie St Pier for Horticulture, Shirley Ashby for Arts & Crafts, David Gregg for Photography and Shirley Barker for Culinary. The winners of the inaugural Adult & Child Class were the mother and son pair of Sydonia & Samuel Aitken-Ballard. Annabel Goodison won the Les Borg Cup for Children’s Photography and May Carley won the Tewin Cowper School Award for the highest number of points in the children’s classes for horticulture, arts & crafts and culinary. A full list of all the prize-winners is shown below. 

The display of exhibits at the show is all too brief and the items are quickly removed and possibly forgotten. It is a shame that they are only seen by the visitors in the afternoon, particularly since some of the work could be used to inspire others. It is difficult to share the full impact of most of the exhibits to a wider audience. However, it is possible to do this when the medium is the written word, such as poetry and prose. Children in school years 5-7 were invited to submit poetry or prose entitled Anticipating Summer and two exhibits tied for first place.  I’m delighted to be able to share them with you (thanks to the kind permission of the authors and their parents). One was by May Carley and the other was by Zoe Farraway:- their delightful poems can be seen below.

Many thanks to everyone who helped at the show:-  

  • Keith St Pier and Jim Hall for their remarkable refurbishment of the Parish Room
  • The staff, helpers and children at Tewin Cowper School, Tewin Under-Fives Pre-school and the Tewin Parent & Toddler group, who have been very enthusiastic and supportive
  • The judges, who give their time and expertise freely
  • The Judges’ Stewards, who helped the judges and recorded the results
  • Linda Crawford and her team for lunch for the judges, refreshments in the afternoon and washing up
  • Our guest presenters Alison Simpson and Prof Catherine Mead  
  • Byron Sinfield and John Ling for taking the photographs
  • The committee, who worked so hard to make the show a success
  • All the helpers behind the scenes, setting up and clearing the hall, manning the door and making cakes for the afternoon refreshments.
  • All the exhibitors, without whom there would be no show! 

Ray Keppler (Show Secretary)

 

Special Awards for Highest Points

Winners

Flower Arranging: Welwyn Times Trophy

Mavis Haggar

Horticulture: Van Hage Cup

Marie St Pier

Arts & Crafts: Marian Meads Memorial Trophy

Shirley Ashby

Photography: Peter Allen Memorial Cup

David Gregg

Culinary: Nodder Bowl

Shirley Barker

Adult & Child Pairs: THACS trophy

Sydonia & Samuel Aitken-Ballard

Tewin Cowper School Children’s Award

May Carley

Children’s Photography: Les Borg Cup

Annabel Goodison

  

Adults

First

Second

Third

Flower Arranging

Mavis Haggar

Joy Lawson

Susan Whitbourn

Horticulture

Marie St Pier

Joy Lawson

Ray Keppler

Arts & Crafts

Shirley Ashby

Terry Brand

Audrey Walters

Photography

David Gregg

Jules Bridgman

Terry Brand

Culinary

Shirley Barker

Hilary Tipping

Melanie Goodison

Adult & Child Pairs

 

 

 

Arts & Crafts

Sydonia & Samuel Aitken-Ballard

Debbie Hall & Erin Murray

Ian & Lauren Murray, Debbie Hall & Lauren Murray,

Katie & Imogen Winters

  

Children

Winners

Horticulture

 

Nursery & Reception

Linus Winters

School years 1 & 2

Peter Goodison

School years 3 & 4

Annabel Goodison

School years 5-7

May Carley

Arts & Crafts

 

Nursery & Reception

Erin Murray & Joseph#

School years 1 & 2

Mia Barrettbell & Annabel*

School years 3 & 4

Annabel Goodison

School years 5-7

May Carley & Zoe Farraway

Photography

 

School years 3 & 4

Annabel Goodison

School years 5-7

May Carley

Culinary

 

 Nursery & Reception

Lauren Murray

School years 1 & 2

Kitty Carley

School years 3 & 4

Matilda Dring, Imogen Winters, Ashley Winters

School years 5-7

May Carley

 

*:- These children are pupils at Tewin Cowper School. 

#:- These children attend Tewin Under-Fives Pre-school.  

Children’s Poetry from the Spring Show

Anticipating Summer 

The weather gets warm so we have fun outside, 

We set up our tent and I help build the fire, 

My favourite thing is roasting marshmallows, 

That’s what I like about summer! 

I love to play in the garden with friends, 

I love to wear my birthday-suit and frolic about in the sun, 

That’s the fun of summer!  

When we go to the beach I turn into a piggy and gorge on ice cream, 

Everyone else has one scoop but I have two, 

That’s the sweetness of summer! 

When we go camping we look for minibeasts, 

I hope to find a massive one (the size of a dog) 

But we only find little ones the sizes of pennies, 

That’s the excitement of summer! 

We go down to the river and search for crayfish, 

Sometimes we find them and sometimes we only find Miller’s Thumbs, 

That’s the chilly part of summer! 

We go blackberrying and Mummy says to collect them, 

But I just eat them then and there…… 

And that is why I love summer! 

May Carley (Year 5, age 9)

 

Anticipating Summer 

Fields of fresh green grass 

All sorts of flowers appear 

Summer time is here.  

Now frogs are jumping 

Birds are flying happily 

Summer time is here.  

Now in the corner 

Where to be seen by no one 

Odd things are about.  

Foxes are hunting 

Spiders are making their webs 

Nobody sees them.  

Snakes are slithering 

Millipedes hiding away 

Nobody sees them. 

Zoe Farraway (Year 5, age 9)   

 

Updated APF  7/12/2018