Ashwater Horticultural Society

A show society has been in existence since at least 1926. In 2002, it was expanded into a full Gardening Club with talks, visits, walks, plant sales and the show in August each year. This is held in conjunction with the Ashwater Agricultural Show. There are currently around 30 members and the Club is run entirely by volunteers.


  • Holding relaxed, friendly and informal meetings for lectures, discussion and demonstrations
  • Having group outings
  • An annual walk, sometimes with a pub lunch, other times a cider and pasty
  • Holding an annual horticultural show
  • Running plant sales to raise funds for local charities and to fund the outings
2018 Events

We have visited Made Well at Hatherleigh, Docton Mill, Hartland Abbey and Trebah Gardens and held a plant sale at the Parish Hall.  The Sunflower competition is now over and winners will be presented before the Annual General Meeting om 8th October 2018 in the Parish Hall at 7.00pm (The AGM commences at 7.30pm). 


The 85th Annual Show was well attended and the exhibits, despite the difficult growing conditions this summer, were of fine quality with some new winners of cups and trophies.  Thank you to all who participated and helped with transporting tables, equipment, setting up exhibits, judging and acting as stewards and generally contributing plus special thanks to the Agricultural Show Committee for arranging for the marquees to be stored and taken to and from the site as well as supervise erection and dismantling.


Winners role of honour:  Winner of single rose class, Christine Shead.   Best pot plant exhibit, Reiko Davies.  Most points in the flowers class, Fiona Bull. Judges choice in the flower section, Reiko Davies. Sweet peas, best entry, Kate Lewens.  Hanging basket winner, Marilyn Goulden.  Patio planter – George Webber.  Best dahlias, Gordon Bennett.  Most points in the fruit classes, Fiona Bull.  Best onions, Sue Luxton. Judges choice in the vegetables category, Sue Luxton.  Most points – vegetables classes, Diana Snart.  Best entry in the collection of vegetables, Diana Snartt.  Best trug, Sue Luxton.  Most points – preserves, Diana Snartt.  Most points for cookery, Diane Buxton.  Most points in classes for children under 11yrs, Kaitlyn Rose.  Most points for children aged 12-16yrs, Rowan Tidball.  Most points for peas and beans classes, Sian Chapman.


The trophies are being engraved with winner’s names and will be available at the Annual General Meeting to be held at 7.30pm in the hall on 8th October 2018.  Please attend, there will be light refreshments and a fun quiz and the opportunity to either join the society or renew your membership.



Minutes of previous Meeting

Matters Arising

Chairman's Report

Financial Report

Election of Officers

Future Events 





Annual General Meeting 9th October 2017
Hon.President: G Bennett
Officers Elected: I Buxton (Treasurer), L Yetman (Acting Secretary), F Bull (Show Secretary)
The meeting adopted the annual accounts and agreed the membershp fees would remain at £5 for individuals and £7 per couple.
A number of new members expressed interest in forming a sub-committee to consider outings and events (additional to the annual show) for 2017/18. A separate meeting will be held for this purpose.
The show will be held in August as usual and as it is the 85th efforts will be made to celebrate this milestone in style.
                  84th Ashwater Horticultural Show - 19th August 2017
The show took place in conjunction with the Agricultural Show on the Show Field.
Thanks to the Judges: Mark Preece (Fruit and Vegetables), Penny Jones (Flowers),Steve Morey (Cookery) and Diane Williams (Children and Young People).
Congratulations to the following trophy winners:
Harrison Hunt: (Children's Challenge Cup, Under 11yrs), Rowan Tidball: Perpetual Cup (Ages between 12 and 16).
Winners of most points in the following classes were:
Flowers - Rhonda Fry, Fruit - Stephen Davies, Vegetables - Vernon Anning, Preserves - Lorna Binns, Cookery - Ivan Buxton, Single Rose - Christine Head.
Raffle Winners were: 1st Prize £50, Mr Cole. 2nd Prize £20, R Fry, 3rd Prize £10 C Whitehead.

Joining the Society
There is an annual membership fee of only £5.00 for an individual, £7.00 for a couple and children are free and there is also usually a small fee per meeting. However, you don’t have to be a member to attend the events listed above. Please let us know in advance if you wish to attend any outings (other than events) to ensure there is a space on the coach or admission has been arranged to the various destinations.


Please feel free to come along to one of our meetings and have a chat.  If you wish to contact us:


Society Officers:
Letitia Yetman, Secretary 01409 211131
Ivan Buxton, Treasurer Email:
Gordon Bennett, Hon. President