October 2021

Welcome to Hook


Once again this year’s Hook Flower and Produce Show was a resounding success with over 368 entries and hundreds of visitors.  The event raised enough funds to help keep the show for both exhibitors and visitors free next year. It was wonderful to see villagers out and about enjoying the sunshine and meeting friends for tea again.

There were so many winners that County Councillor, Jonathan Glen, and Kevin Winchester the manager of Bridges estate agency presented the prizes between them.


Again this has not been an easy gardening year. As many of you who are gardeners will testify we can’t rely on the seasons and have to adapt our timings as the year progresses.

So this year’s winners of the Hook In Bloom Competition are:

Bridges Estate Agency Trophy for the Most Attractive Front Garden:

Winner – Michael Graham, Raven Road

Highly Commended Front Garden Category:

Maggie Kirtley, Goose Green

Eve & Steve Kirk, Highfield Cottage, Morris Street

The Batten Trophy for the Best Residential Hanging Basket:

Highly Commended Hanging Basket Category:

Chris Wise & Mark Harrison, Vetch Field  

Les & Sheila Millard, Raven Road  


Marian Bright,  Vetch Field  

Top tip for winning baskets is that there is a variety of colour or plants and that the basket is completely covered.

The Hook Parish Council Trophy for the Most Attractive Business Premises:

Laura Faulkner, The Hogget who won for her vibrant display

The Worlock Trophy for the Best Hotel, Restaurant or Pub:

Richard & Sally Sanders, Crooked Billet. They won for the extensiveness of the display with their welcoming front door and copious other plantings.

This year we introduced the new Hook In Bloom Community Trophy because when it came to judging we decided we didn’t have a category for this winner, plus actually we had two entrants who could possibly win trophy. So we created a new category, because we can, and next year we will publicise it more widely.

This year the winner weas Berry Court in Station Road and June Deans, who led the project, accepted the trophy on their behalf.

The Hook Cross Trophy for the Best Allotment:

Joint Winners Diana Reynolds, Plot 44d and Peter James, Plot 3b

Best Allotment Newcomer was Matt in from Plot 39a.


The coveted Best In Show Trophy went to Ian Youngs.


The last part of the day was the presentation of the Amazon vouchers for the best scarecrow.  The winners were Coral Yorke and her grandson Stan who received 72 votes and won £25, 2nd was Max Urie-Passingham with 35 votes who won £12.50 in vouchers, and 3rd was Sian Gamble with 24 votes who won £12.50 in vouchers.

In his concluding speech the Chairman of Hook Village Halls Charitable Association, David Saunderson, thanked the Hook In Bloom volunteers who had worked so hard together to make the day such a huge and happy success after months of gloom. He also went on to thank County Councillor Jonathan Glen, a huge supporter, through his County Councillor devolved budget, of such village events and the manager of Bridges Estate Agency, Kevin Winchester.

As soon as Bridges estate agency moved into Hook, Kevin contacted Hook In Bloom and has helped the volunteers in so many ways since…. including printing and delivering all the Hook In Bloom leaflets this year, printing the certificates, became a poppies collection point when everything else was shut, and also supported the volunteers in so many practical ways. Kevin is now very much part of the Hook In Bloom volunteer team.  He was welcomed to the show and thanked.

David went on to say, “What would an event like this be without refreshments and especially delicious cakes from Louise Ingleton of Simple Cakes, who always steps in to do the catering that helps raise much needed funds for this and other projects.”

He concluded, “Last but not least everyone who has entered their exhibits, whether you won or not. Hook is alive with talented people. That wraps up this year’s show and we hope to see you next year.”