NVS Welsh Branch Championships Wrexham 23rd 24th August.
There’s no doubt that the Welsh Championships were probably one of the best ever held and filled up a very large Hall in three sections with superb quality vegetables. For the first time ever, as far as I can recall, large shallots won the ‘The most Meritorious dish’ in the show. This was brilliant for Jim Robinson from Cumbria who has staged shallots before at numerous large shows with this win probably being his best yet. I’m sure he enjoyed the win immensely as it was a well contested class. Everything about them was pretty near spot on with their ‘Uniformity’ being unmatched for Size, Shape, Condition and Colour. Nine Shallots are required in the Welsh Championships and after I persuaded Jim to let me take them down to the National in two weeks time, he found another three spares in his boot and I now have a dish of the requisite twelve at home that you can’t tell any of them apart. I just hope they will keep well for him without anything adverse happening to them. They are currently in my Office which is nice and cool.
Jim Robinson Cumbria with a dish of 9 shallots gaining the most Meritorious Exhibit in the Show.
Twelve Shallots from Jim Robinson to enter in the National at the Dorchester Show Ground on the 6th and 7th of September. Each Shallot measures 7 inches in circumference.
Ronnie Jackson from Cumbria winning the UK Championship for 5 dressed onions with his own selection of Kelsae.
Ray Bassett’s from Hopton near Stafford winning a very well contested class with 9 Hawksbury Wonder. French Beans.
I didn’t do so bad myself with the yet unnamed New early Parsnip proving to be every bit as good as I expected it to be. It was 11 inches around the crown and over five feet in length slowly carrying its weight down. . Seed will be available in my New Catalogue which should be out during early October.
A newcomer to the Welsh Championships was Marcus Powell from Aylesbury. I have no doubt that Marcus will be a serious contender for Top grower at many shows in the future. He won several cups and walked away with the most Points in the show. His collection of 6 kinds, one of each kind was top quality featuring Evening Star Celery, Kelsae onion, New Red Intermediate long carrot, Purple Eyed Seedling potato and Cornell cauliflower
Probably the youngest exhibitor there was 23 year old Luke Briggs (picture attached) from Blackwood Gwent and he is another grower keen enough to make it to the very top and he and a few others are probably the future of the NVS. Luke won the well contested Millennium class for four dishes of 3 Sweet Candle Carrots, 3 Purple Eyed Seedling potatoes, 3 Cedrico Tomatoes and 3 Toughball onions under 250 grams.
Bute and Winston.
There were four excellent collections of six kinds of vegetables displayed on back boards and these undoubtedly are always show stoppers. John Branham (picture attached) was the winner by 5 clear points staging New Red Intermediated long carrot, Evening Star celery, Pendle Improved blanch leek, Panorama parsnip and Kelsae onions, each onion measured 25 inches in circumference and weighed 7lb 7 ounces. John actually had a dressed oinion staged in a mini collection weighing over 9lbs.
David Metcalfe (picture attached) rarely fails to score with his own breeding of the Pendle Improved Leek, on this occasion winning the class with the title – National Leek of Great Britain. The three he staged were well blanched with a length of 17.5 inches to the button and 10 inches in circumference.