The words of Charles Hubberstey, Colten Care’s Head Gardener, after the inaugural Colten Village Produce Show.
And what a success the show proved to be, with up to 500 residents involved in what is set to become a new annual favourite in the Colten calendar.
All 21 of our homes took part, choosing to enter up to 24 separate show classes.
They ranged from designing a garden gnome, representing a home, to ‘Spud in a bucket’, the most potatoes, by weight, grown from seed.
Other classes included making edible preserve from produce grown in a home’s garden, to making an animal from fruit or vegetables, and flower arranging.
“The classes really brought out the creative and artistic spirit of our residents, and the competiveness (!), and also engaged everyone at not just the individual homes, but across the whole Colten Care family,” said Charles.
All the hard work and activities came to a climax in August, when three clusters of seven homes each exhibited their entries at Bourne View, Brook View and Belmore Lodge. Charles and fellow judge Adrian Drodge had the hard task of judging the classes, assisted by senior companionship team leaders Ben Benson-Breen and Donia O’Connor who also helped organise the shows.
Charles, who came up with the idea of organising a Colten Village Produce Show after visiting his village show in Pilley, Hampshire, a year ago, said: “It’s been fantastic to see how residents, staff and relatives have taken up the shows with such enthusiasm!”
“They have been a lot of hard work, but tremendously rewarding and we will certainly be repeating in future years.”
Special thanks go to everyone who took part, as well as our companionship, gardening and hotel services’ teams.
Overall winner: Kingfishers
Best in show: Bourne View
Overall winner: Braemar Lodge
Best in show: Castle View
Overall winner: Woodpeckers
Best in show: Woodpeckers