Centre stage at the Bourne Show will be the Grand Marquee, home to an impressive array of entries from arts and crafts to home produce. 

We are very proud of our Marquee exhibition, as it is the ONLY ‘flower show’ in the locality that exhibits such a full range of classes. The charm and tradition of a village flower show is maintained, with a great opportunity for locals to ‘show off’, provide a gorgeous spectacle and have a giggle here and there too.

With around 80 different classes, there’s something for everyone and we thoroughly recommend you take part! Whether you’re proud of your jam, overjoyed with your blooming potted plant or just ultra-competitive with Victoria sponges, please join in! We even have classes for abnormal fruit and veg, as well as the chance to claim a cup for most popular photograph.

 Judging is taken very seriously, with some of these judges having the privilege of judging nationally. These judges are provided with a calm and peaceful atmosphere in the marquee so they cannot be disturbed. This is why no entries are accepted after 10am, and the public are restricted from entering during the judging process.

So, if you’re feeling brave and ambitious, get your entry into the Grand Marquee!

The schedules will be available in early 2023, where you will be able to download them from this website or collect a physical copy in the Hair Stop, the Bourne Stores or from the Coffee Can on the Green.

Rules

  1. All completed entry forms must be sent to the Show Secretary by 6pm Wednesday 28th June 2023.

  2. Exhibits may be staged between 8am and 10am on the day of the show.  Please note, we are unable to accept exhibits after 10am on the show day.

  3. Persons showing an article for competition not grown or made by themselves will be disqualified, except floral classes or unless otherwise stated.

  4. All vegetables, fruit and flowers are judged by RHS standards.

  5. Not more than one entry in each class per person is permitted.

  6. No exhibits to have been previously shown at the Bourne Show.

  7. Vases, plates etc to be provided by exhibitors. Polished jam jars gain points.  No trade names visible and domestic produce must be dated or it will not be judged.

  8. Exhibits to be named where possible, but no entrant name to be to be visible.

  9. Judging will commence at 10.30am. Judges decisions are final.

  10. You may not enter the marquee or the church whilst judging is taking place or before 1.30pm on the day.

  11. Points: First – 4 points; Second – 3 points; Third – 2 points; Highly Commended – 1 point.

  12. All exhibits must be removed between 16.15 and 16.45pm or be forfeited.

  13. The committee cannot be responsible for uncollected items.

Awards & Prizes

Adult Classes:

Mitchell Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor obtaining first prize in Section 1, Class 12 (10 Strawberries)
Morris Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor gaining the most points in Section 1 (Vegetables and Fruit)
Richards Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor gaining the most points in Section 2 (Flowers)
Ostrer Rose Bowl. To be held for one year by the exhibitor obtaining first prize in Section 2, Class 26 (Hybrid Tea Roses)
Ron Watts Memorial Plate. To be held for one year by the exhibitor obtaining first prize in Section 2, Class 34 (Delphiniums/Hollyhocks)
Bourne Business Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor gaining the most points in Section 3 (Domestic)
Juliet Bowell Award. To be held for one year by the exhibitor gaining the most points in preserves, Section 3
Peggy Goebel Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor gaining the most points in Section 4 (Art and Craft)
Keighley Plate. *NEW THIS YEAR* To be held for one year by the exhibitor obtaining first prize in Section 4, Class 63 (Any other craft work not covered in other classes)
Bourne Show Committee Cup. To be held for one year by the exhibitor gaining the most points in Section 5 (Photography)

The Judges Cups will be awarded to the judges’ favourite entry in each section.
First Prize – £2.00 / Second Prize – £1.00 / Third Prize – 50p

Children’s Classes:

Best in Show Shields– Under 5 years
Best in Show Shield– 6-8 years
Best in Show Shield– 9-11 years

Awards Winners 2022

Ostrer Rose Bowl  (for Class 27 Hybrid Tea Roses) Margot Tringham
Ron Watts Memorial Plate (For Delphiniums) Vicky Hill
Morris Cup (For Fruit and Vegetables) J Atkinson
Richards Cup (For Flowers) Margot Tringham
Mitchell Cup (For Flower Arranging) Judy Watkins
Keighley Plate (For best in ‘other craft’) Miss Mouse
Bourne Business Cup (For Domestic Section) Revd. Dr. Michael Hopkins
Peggy Goebel Cup (For Art and Craft) Sarah Allen
Juliet Bowell Award For Preserves Revd. Dr. Michael Hopkins
Bourne Show Committee Cup
(For Photography By Public Vote)
Megan Devergne
Best In Show Shields – Under 5 Years Freya Malanca
Best In Show Shield – 6-8 Years Annie Muggeridge
Best In Show Shield – 9-11 Years Henry Muggeridge

Judges Awards Cups 2022

Section 1 (Fruit & Vegetables) Adult David Dearsley
Section 1 (Fruit & Vegetables) Children Jamie Neatherway
Section 2 (Flowers) Adult Margot Tringham
Section 2 (Flowers) Children Phoebe Straton
Section 3 (Domestic) Adult Tim Hewitt
Section 3 (Domestic) Children Annie Muggeridge
Section 4 Adult Art Sally Ferguson
Section 4 Children Art Esme Stadden
Section 5 Adult Craft Miss Mouse
Section 5 Children Craft Annie Muggeridge

Hints and Tips

It may seem obvious but remember to:

  • Read the schedule carefully
  • Follow all provided instructions outlined
  • Keep in mind that creativity in presentation will often gain points

Fruit and Vegetables

  • Berries to have stalks on
  • Alternative currants can go in any other fruit
  • Lettuce displays better stood in water
  • Lettuce should have 2.5 cm of root
  • Check the number of exhibits required in the class
  • Coloured potatoes must be a coloured variety
  • Name varieties of fruit and vegetables
  • Rhubarb – 4” of blade and root pulled not cut

Children’s

  • Must be the children’s own work

Domestic

  • No trade jars, plain glass and no names on, polished for fingerprints
  • Chutney only with a screwlid
  • Jams covered with wax and cellophane OR screwlid, not both
  • Date of production on the jar or it will not be tasted
  • An ice block placed under a Victoria sponge will help display
  • No cream in Victoria sponge, just raspberry jam and sprinkle of caster sugar
  • Cakes display better with a doily
  • Classes asking for a recipe, must have a recipe or will not be judged