The eagerly awaited results of Hook in Bloom 2017 were announced during a special presentation at the Hook Village Show on Sunday 10th September in Hook Community Centre.
The standard was extremely high according to the judges and awarding the prizes was not an easy task.
All Hook’s pubs put on fantastic displays, but The Hogget and The Raven pipped everyone to the post again. 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 Raven.
Judging was just as difficult for the front garden and hanging basket categories and August saw the judges going around the village several times to come up with the list of winners.
When it came to Hook Cross Trophy for the Best Allotment, the allotments were inspected three times during the season and Cliff Grand-Scrutton’s allotment was on the potential list every time. Others came and went but he was consistently there.
Cliff’s definition, crop rotation, attention to detail, weed maintenance, the inclusion of little areas for flowers, together with the superb quality of crops harvested, brought him out on top each time. The detail has to be seen to be appreciated; the bugs must have a waiting list for the beautiful hotel he has provided for them.
“Well done to everyone who took part in the village’s gardening competitions,” says Hook in Bloom project leader, Councillor Sue Hinton. “It is fantastic to see so many people getting involved. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the volunteers who have worked so tirelessly over these past months. Their dedication and commitment means we are able to hold such a superb Hook Village Show for the whole village, see Hook blooming so well and be in a position to sustain it into 2018.”
The full list of winners is:
HOOK IN BLOOM COMPETITION WINNERS 2017
The Tesco Trophy for the Most Attractive Front Garden:
Jane & Richard Jones, Lees Farm Cottage, London Road
Highly Commended Front Garden Category:
Jackie Picton-Robinson, 13 Carleton Close
Brenda Briggs, 23 Compass Field
The Batten Trophy for the Best Residential Hanging Basket:
Sheila & John Honeywell, 2 Vetch Field
Highly Commended Hanging Basket Category:
Dean Kirk, 27 Watlington
The Hook Parish Council Trophy for the Most Attractive Business Premises:
The Worlock Trophy for the Best Hotel, Restaurant or Pub:
Laura Faulkner, The Hogget
The Hook Cross Trophy for the Best Allotment:
Cliff Grand-Scrutton, Plot(s) 30A and 29B
“It was fantastic this year to see how many people had entered or been nominated for the Hook in Bloom competition,” says Councillor Sue Hinton. “Far more than in 2016 and anyone who wins a prize is always delighted when others consider their efforts merit an award. The judges have really enjoyed telling people they are finalists.”
Hook in Bloom is a volunteer run initiative, which is supported by Hook Parish Council and has received funding from the Tesco BagsforHelp initiative, Big Lottery Fund Awards For All and Hampshire County Council.
For more information please contact Sue Hinton – email firstname.lastname@example.org or 01256 763753.