Many trophies owned by the Club have been kindly donated or sponsored by members over the years.
THE BLOFIELD & DISTRICT GARDENING CUP
This Cup, funded by the Club, was introduced in 2008 following a suggestion by Gillian Stansfield and Sylvia Nelthorpe. It is awarded for the highest number of points in the Summer Show. The winner also receives the NORFOLK & NORWICH HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY BRONZE to keep.
C & C GREEN CUP
Celia and Colin Green donated this Cup in 2004 when they retired from officer posts on the Club committee. Celia had been Secretary and Programme Secretary at different times and Colin had been our Chairman for some years. Colin’s continuing enthusiasm, support and encouragement to others will be long remembered following his death in 2016. This is awarded to the Exhibitor with the highest number of points in the Vegetable Classes.
HARVEY CHALLEGE CUP
This Cup was given by Mr Tim Harvey in 1997. Tim Harvey took over as President (from Mr W Peachman) in 1987 and served until 1996. Tim lived at Strumpshaw and was a lecturer at the then Burlingham College of Horticulture (closed around 1998 after being merged with Easton College). After retiring from Burlingham, he and his wife Gillian moved to Cratfield, Suffolk. The Cup has always been awarded for the highest number of points in the Fruit and Vegetable Classes and Tim’s long-term wish is for the cup to be awarded only to the Exhibitor with the highest number of points in the Fruit Classes.
MORRISH CHALLENGE CUP
Mr. Shirley A Morrish was a keen gardener, being mainly interested in daffodils. He was President of the Norfolk & Norwich Horticultural Society in about 1970 and always a keen supporter of local gardening clubs. Mr Morrish lived at Barn End, Grimmer Lane, Cantley from 1939 until about 1980. He was a sugar technologist at the Cantley Sugar Factory during the Second World War and afterwards. He was the Home Guard Captain during the War, and Mrs Morrish ran the Red Cross Detachment. Mrs. Morrish was a member of the MacIntosh family linked with Blofield. The Cup has been awarded differently over the years, but is currently awarded for the highest number of points in the Flowers and Shrub classes.
This was given by our President Mrs. Pat Thomas about 1990. Pat joined the Club in 1977 and served as Chairman for a total of 11 years, nine of them continuously from 1986 to 1995. Pat was elected President in 1996 when Tim Harvey retired. Although the Cup has been awarded for the highest number of points in the Home Produce Classes it is now given for the Pot Plant classes (see Nan Brindley Cup).
JOAN WINTER SHIELD
Given by long-term Club members Mrs Babs Basey-Fisher and Miss Barbara Basey-Fisher in 1992 in memory of Miss Joan Winter. Miss Winter lived in Shillito Road and was the sister of Mrs Babs Basey-Fisher. Miss Winter was disabled and loved her garden and her flowers. She came to most Club meetings and regularly exhibited at the Summer Show. The Shield has always been awarded for the best exhibit in the Decorative Classes.
NAN BRINDLEY CUP
Nan Brindley was a long standing member and quite successful in the Home Produce section. Following her death her widower Basil sponsored the Cup in Nan’s name in 2003. (Basil also has since died). The Cup is awarded for the highest number of points in the Home Produce Classes
BADEN HANTON MEMORIAL CUP
Baden Hanton was also a past member who did very well for years, primarily in the vegetable section. His daughter sponsored this cup in Baden’s honour in 2008. The cup is awarded by the Judge for the best exhibit in the Vegetable Classes.
JOHN WHITTAKER MEMORIAL SALVER
Following the death in 2016 of long standing member John Whittaker, the Chairman approached his widow Brenda to ask if she would allow the introduction of a new award in John’s memory. She was delighted to agree and wished to pay the cost of an appropriate item. John manned the plant stall at the annual show for many years and was a very successful trophy winner many times over particularly in the floral classes. This Salver will be awarded for the first time in 2017 by the Judge for the best exhibit in the Cut Flower and Shrub Classes.
THE STOCKER CUP
This was given by Mr. and Mrs. Stocker of Manor Ridge, Blofield in the early days of the Club when the late Mr. Stocker (who died in 2000) was Chairman. The Cup is awarded in November for the winner of the Club Monthly Competition.
In 2001 four rosettes replaced the four diplomas given for Best in Class winners.
In 2017 two rosettes will be awarded by the Judge for the best exhibit in each of the Fruit and Pot Plant Classes.