The Schedule for the Dafodil Show at Harrogate can be seen here.
The Northern Group Late Show will be held on Saturday 12 May 2018 at Tankersley Welfare Hall, Pilley S75 3AP.
The schedule for the show can be seen here.
The Annual General Meeting 2018 will be held on Sunday 18 March 2018 at Tankersley Welfare Hall, Pilley S75 3AP commencing at 2pm.
In conjunction with the AGM there will be the Northern Group Early Show. To see the schedule click here.
Time table for the day.
Staging 8.00am to 11.00am
Lunch (not provided) 12.30 to 1.30pm
AGM 2.00pm to 3.00pm (approx)
Presentation of awards 3.30 to 4.00pm
Show Closed 4.00pm
The schedule for this show has been extended to include more classes for Miniature and Intermediate flowers. Spring flowering Daffodil species flower in the wild and in cultivation much earlier than the Society holds its shows. Many exhibitors therefore do not have the opportunity to see the flowers from which their exhibition cultivars have been hybridised. There has been a significant increase in interest and hybridisation of Miniatures and at the two RHS early shows at Rosemoor and Wisley there are a number of classes for seedlings. We have therefore included Assessment Classes for both Miniature and Intermediate flowers which are unregistered or not on the Daffodil Society Lists of approved cultivars.
Please attend the AGM and show.
Wendy and I made over 20 visits together to Spain, Portugal and France to see daffodils growing in the wild. These included two trips to see those that flowered in the autumn and two unsuccessful winter searches around Luarca in Northern Spain for ‘Cedric Morris’. It is therefore extremely strange to be making an autumn trip without her, though accompanied by eldest son Noel and his wife Anne and for the first time ever not having to do the driving the blow has been softened. Continue reading
Autumn Meeting Sunday 8th October 2017
Dear Daff Enthusiasts
The season has come round once again and you are cordially invited to attend the autumn meeting and bulb auction to be held in Tankersley Village Hall, Pilley S75 3AP
The bulbs on offer are kindly donated by some of the top suppliers so come along and have a bid. There is also a lot to discus about for 2018 shows so please come a long.
I would also like to thank on behalf of the Northern Group all those who helped at the shows throughout the season and let’s keep it going so we can show the Daffodil.
The order of events will be as follows;
11.00am Committee Meeting
1.30pm Meeting (To arrange things for 2018 season)
2.30pm Tea & Biscuits
3.00pm Bulb Auction
5.00pm Meeting Closes
All times are approx
There will be the usual raffle & contributions would be appreciated
Yours in anticipation
Chris Bone. Secretary N.G.
The non-religious funeral service to celebrate the life of Wendy Akers will take place on Friday 25 August 2017 at 2:20pm at Wakefield Crematorium, Standbridge Lane, Wakefield, WF4 3JA. All present are warmly invited by Wendy’s family to join them afterwards at Wrenthorpe Village Hall, 1 Wrenthorpe Lane, Wrenthorpe, Wakefield WF2 0NE.
No flowers please, but donations, in lieu of flowers will be given to Wakefield Hospice, Aberford Road, Wakefield WF1 4TS.
Please do not hesitate to wear colourful, particularly floral, items of clothing.
I would be grateful, if able to attend, if you could possibly let me know in advance, preferably by email to email@example.com, so that I can make the catering arrangements.
Can I also take this opportunity to thank everyone for the many cards and other communications that I and the family have received since Wendy’s death.
We are sad to report the death of our President, Wendy Akers on Sunday 5 August 2017.
Details of the funeral arrangements will be posted on this site when available.
Most of the flowers which had been on the bench at Wakefield the previous day (or at the the shows the weekend before) made an appearance at Elsecar. One exception were those belonging to Steve Ryan who judged, however they were compensated for by the appearance of Mr and Mrs Crutchley, Barry Hogg, Chris Bone and members from the Elsecar Society. There were four good entries in the twelve bloom collection class and three in the six.
Alan Robinson won the twelve, Christine Yeardley and Eddie Crutchley second and Third repectively. The same three exhitors were also successful in the six, Alan winning again withe second and third places reversed
This was a sad day at Wakefield when after 140 years the Paxton Society held its final show. Founded in 1877 it wasn’t the lack of money or exhibitors but the inability to attract enough members to carry out the task of providing the support required to organise and man the two Annual shows which the Society provided. Wendy had been showing daffodils here for nearly 30 years and my father for a similar time prior to that. For Auricula exhibitors it has ended an even longer period since the first ever recorded show for that flower was in April 1807 when the Wakefield Florists Society held its first show and the Paxton Society continued the tradition when the former Society decided to concentrate solely on tulips.
This show was well supported and there were some good flowers, particularly from Steve Ryan and Alan Robinson but several other exhibitors played their part.
there were five entries in the six cultivar collection class won by Steve Ryan who also had the second placed entry and Alan Robinson was third. I have commented in previous years about allowing two entries in collection classes. I don’t think it should be allowed. The first prize entry is second from the right, second and third on its right and left respectively. Below are photographs of most of the winning entries. Click on them to expand.
Impeccable was the Best Bloom in the show exhibited by Alan Robinson. A few general pictures below including the Society President Norman Hazell making the presentations. If you can help me out with a few names please do so using the reply form below.
Richard could only be described as eccentric. Never a great exhibitor, his main interest in daffodils was as a hybridiser and in some ways way ahead of his time. More than thirty years ago he was raising wonderful miniature cyclamineus hybrids including several reversed bicolours which unfortunately were never seen outside his garden near Wakefield in West Yorkshire. He will however be remembered for one flower which did escape, his only registration, Tripartite (April Tears x Baccarat) which caused a minor sensation when it was registered in 1980. It is still successfully shown today, and has received both an RHS AGM and Wister Award.
Richard never married. The funeral will be held on 8 May.