Visitors as they came in to the Great Barn, must have been reminded of the line from Wordsworth’s poem “Daffodils”:

“When all at once I saw a crowd, A host of golden daffodils”.

Last year the Daffodils flowered very early and exhibitors struggled to find good examples to show but this year the weather favoured the members of the RCHS and there was a magnificent display of the many varieties of daffodils. The General Flora and Pot plants provided alternative colours to the yellow of the daffodils, with striking purples, creams and reds.  The floating camellias were particularly beautiful.  The Cacti section, although down in numbers, still provided superb and weirdly wonderful examples of succulents and cacti.  They certainly attracted a lot of attention and comment.

Another section of the show that attracted a lot of attention was the Floral Art. It was very pleasing to see the large number of entries, a total of 19 entries in all.  Several of our new members entered this section and it bodes well for the future especially as some had never entered a competition before – so if you are interested in having a go for the Summer Show then look out for the opportunity offered by Hillingdon Adult Education who are running a short course for RCHS members who would like to enter the Summer and Autumn Shows.

The Domestic and Handicraft sections show case the amazing talents of our members over a wide range of disciplines and needless to say our members rise to the challenge. The photographic section produced some excellent exhibits but the Society would like to encourage more members to enter this section and with Ruislip High Street being one of the options in the Summer Show this might encourage more members to go out with their cameras and capture the High Street.

An Arts grant from Hillingdon Council allowed the RCHS to run a Primary Schools competition. Four schools took part: Glebe Primary, Ruislip Gardens, Whiteheath Junior and Cannon Lane.  The society would like to thank the staff for providing the support and enthusiasm to see the project through to a very successful conclusion.  The displays were colourful, imaginative and of a very high standard.  It was very difficult to separate the exhibitors as each school produced very different entries.  However Whiteheath and South Ruislip were Highly Commended for their displays and Glebe Primary was awarded Best Overall Display.  Separate from the schools competition was a Children section and this was won by our youngest member who is 3 years old!  One thing to take away from the schools competition and the children section is that the young do not have any fear of entering competitions – they just enjoy the taking part and perhaps we, older members, might take a lesson from these children and take the plunge and enter some exhibits.

Father Jack Noble, from St Martins Church Ruislip, kindly presented the prizes to all the winners.

Once again the Society ran a Produce stall and our thanks go to those members who donated and to those who bought, plants and seeds, handcrafted bags, bottles of homemade Apple juice, chutney and marmalade.  All profits going to the Society.   The raffle is also a valuable source of income to the Society and our thanks go to our members who provide the prizes and run the raffles.  No show report is complete without mentioning the stirling work done by our members who run the refreshment stall, providing sustenance for members and visitors alike, and to those who make the cakes.

The weather also played a part in this very successful show – no rain, no storm force winds, no snow just sunshine and blue skies ensuring that the Barn was full of people from the moment the doors were opened. Hopefully they left with the words of Wordsworth ringing in their ears:

“….and then my heart with pleasure fills and dances with the daffodils”.