Winners 2018

Hook in Bloom 2018           

MP presents the prizes as Hook shows its horticultural and craft prowess

Hook Community Centre was a visual feast of horticultural and craft excellence last Sunday 9th September. Competitors and visitors packed the main hall to view the entries in this year’s Hook flower and produce show and to hear the results of the Hook In Bloom competition 2018.

Local MP, Ranil Jayawardena, presented rosettes to the show winners and certificates and cups to the Hook in Bloom winners, commenting on the great community spirit of the event and the fantastic vegetables, flowers, craft exhibits, photos, cakes and other delicious baking exhibits. He was delighted to hear that the show was growing in popularity each year.

Richard&SallySanders,BarbaraHammond,Tom Faulkner with Ranil JayardenaMP
Richard & Sally Sanders,Barbara Hammond,Tom Faulkner with Ranil JayardenaMP

£550 was raised through a tombola, raffle, book sales and the Tesco sponsored tea room, to help sustain Hook In Bloom.

Despite the dry weather this year it was wonderful to see so many exhibits and to find gardens that bloomed and looked wonderful in the village.

Dean Kirk, winner of the Best Hanging Basket category, with his daughter Eloise


As ever Hook’s pubs put on fantastic displays, with The Crooked and The Hogget taking the prizes. It was a hard decision and in the end the Worlock Trophy for the Best Hotel, Restaurant or Pub went to The Hogget and the Hook Parish Council Trophy for the Most Attractive Business Premises was awarded to The Crooked Billet.

The Crooked Billet 1
The Crooked Billet

When it came to the Hook Cross Trophy for the Best Allotment, again despite the lack of rain this year, there was a lot of competition for the coveted place first place. Lorrel Currie and Peter Wakeham won the trophy for their total use of their plot and rotation of crops. The judges also felt this year that a Highly Commended was merited for Terry and Helen Joy’s plot which, in addition to growing vegetables, also sported a lovely flower garden attracting bees and beneficial insects.

                      Lorrel and Peter                                               Lorrel and Peter’s Allotment

Terry & Helen Joy's allotment
Terry and Helen Joy’s Allotment

The full list of winners is:


The Tesco Trophy for the Most Attractive Front Garden:

Derrick & Barbara Hammond, Four Acre Coppice

Highly Commended Front Garden Category:

Chris Wise & Mark Harrison, Vetch Field

 The Batten Trophy for the Best Residential Hanging Basket:

Dean Kirk, Watlington

Highly Commended Hanging Basket Category:

Jane & Richard Jones, London Road

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

Richard Sanders, Crooked Billet

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

Laura Faulkner, The Hogget

The Hook Cross Trophy for the Best Allotment:

Lorrel Currie & Peter Wakeham

Highly Commended Best Allotment Category:

Terry & Helen Joy

A full list of the winners can be seen by clicking on the following link –

Flower and Produce Show Results 2018