Important Programme Changes

Next Meeting April 18th. We have decided to hold a short A.G.M. at this meeting, prior to Shaun’s talk on his trip  to the Galapagos Islands. The A.G.M. has traditionally been held in April but was moved to the Autumn because of Covid. In order to keep the Society going, we need new committee members. Please give this some thought.

May Meeting (2nd) The talk has had to be changed. It will now be ‘Water in the Garden’ by Alan Eason.

Don’t forget the visit to Poundbury Gardens on 25th April at 6pm.

March Reminder

Our next meeting is on Thursday 7th March when Bryan Madders will give us a talk on growing dahlias for pleasure. The school is open from 7pm with the meeting starting at 7.30pm.

Our Spring Show takes place on 16th March at the Memorial Hall, Victoria Avenue. Full details can be found on the ‘Shows’ link. Have a look at the schedule and see if there is something you can enter. Entries close on Wednesday 13th.

This is our treasurer’s camellia, it has had the most flowers ever this year.

Sad News

We are very sad to announce that Sheila Seal has passed away. Sheila was a long time member of the society and, with her husband, Colin, served on the committee until last year. She ran the raffles at our monthly meetings with Colin and helped at the shows.

Her funeral will take place on Friday 1st March at 4pm at Weymouth Crematorium. Our sincere sympathies go to Colin and his family.

Sheila and Colin had been married for 63 years.

More January News

A reminder that our next meeting is on 1st February when there will be an illustrated talk by local historian, Sue Virgin, entitled ‘Upwey, a Walk Down Memory Lane’. We will see pictures of how Upwey was in the past. All welcome, members free and visitors £2.

The Gold Club have sent us a list of free talks that you may be interested in, details below.


Merry Christmas and a Happy 2024

We wish all our members, old and new, a very Happy Christmas and New Year.

Our Chairman made this wreath with things from his garden

There will be no meeting in January. We look forward to seeing you all on February 1st when local historian, Sue Virgin, will present ‘Upwey, a Walk Down Memory Lane’. Our meetings are open to all, members free, visitors £2.

December Quiz and Meal. This was again very enjoyable and we thank all who contributed in any way to it’s success.

During the evening an award was presented to the ladies who have provided teas and cakes at our two shows for many years. They include Sue Mountjoy, Carol White, Eve Price, Helen Goodman and Gill Wilkinson.

The Mary Middlemass Plate was awarded to the person who gained most points in our Flower and Plant of the Month competitions over the year, Eve Morris.

The Quizmaster, our Chairman, Shaun

Pondering the questions



The winning team

The Committee

Show Time

The Summer Show is taking place on 19th August. Preparations are under way and hopefully exhibitors are thinking about their entries. The easiest way to enter is to go to the ‘Shows’ link and view or download the schedule. Email your entries (class numbers and name and address) to and pay when you bring your exhibits. Staging of exhibits is from 8pm – 9.30pm on Friday 18th and from 7.15am – 10.15am on show day. The show secretary can be contacted on 01305 813942 or by emailing

Dahlias at last year’s show

Our Autumn programme begins in September, click on Calendar of Events for details.



Signs of Spring

Still winter but there are signs of brighter days ahead.

Our first meeting of the year will be on February 2nd  when we look forward to seeing our members and visitors.  The scheduled talk has had to be postponed so Martin Young will be talking to us about growing hydrangeas successfully. We are always happy to welcome new members.

Summer Show Results and Next Meeting

Our Summer Show on 20th August was vey successful. We received almost 300 entries of a very good standard. Plenty of visitors enjoyed the display and stayed to have a go on the Tombola followed by tea and cake. A huge thankyou to all who helped set up the tables etc., served tea and of course to the exhibitors and Judges.

Our first Meeting after the Summer break will be our A.G.M. on 8th September. This will include a tribute to our greatly missed late President, Peter Read. His sons Mark and Adrian will be present with photos and scapbooks. They will also share their memories of their Dad.

Show Results


National Vegetable Society Medal, Best Vegetable Exhibit – John Morris

National Vegetable Society Runner-up to Best Vegetable Award – John Morris

Silver Challenge Cup, Best Vegetable Collection – John Morris

Charles Read Memorial Cup, Highest Points, Vegetable Classes – John Morris

The Tomato Trophy, Best Exhibit, Tomato Classes – Bill Howarth

Upwey and Broadwey Produce Challenge Cup  – John Morris

Springfield Cup, Best Exhibit, Fruit Classes – Bill Howarth

National Dahlia Society Silver Medal, Best Exhibit – Neal Hatch

National Dahlia Society Bronze Medal – Neal Hatch

The Beaton Challenge Cup, Highest Points Flower Classes – Bill Howarth

Bincombe Cup, Best Exhibit, Cut Flower Classes – John Morris

Coronation Silver Challenge Cup, Best Exhibit, Pot Plants Mark Read

Gladioli Award Best exhibit, Gladioli Classes – Neal Hatch

Begonia Award Best exhibit Begonia Classes – Shaun Vallard

Upwey and Broadwey Memorial Amateur Produce Challenge Cup Highest points, Novice Classes – No entries

Pridham Rose Bowl Highest Points Floral Decoration- Charlie McCormick

Sackville Hamilton Challenge Cup Best Exhibit Floral Decoration- Charlie McCormick

Novice Floral Award Best Exhibit, Class 80-  No entries

The Howard Cup Highest Points, Preserves and Cookery – Chris Warner

The Richard’s Trophy Best Exhibit, Preserves and Cookery –   Chris Warner

Westbrook Cup Best Exhibit Handicrafts – Julia Sheffield

Redlands Cup Highest Points, Photography in Spring and Summer Shows – Meg Rolfe

Cup for the Highest Points in Group 1, Children’s Classes –  Evie-May Warner

The Virgin Challenge Cup Highest Points in Group 2, Children’s Classes – Lucy Polley and Lucy Kinsey =

The Banksian Medal of the Royal Horticultural Society – Bill Howarth

The efco Trophy Highest Points gained in Show – Bill Howarth



































































































































































































Jubilee Picnic and other news.

First of all, we are sad to hear that Joy Everington passed away on Sunday, 5th June. Joy was President of the Federation following many years as Treasurer and Secretary. She was also a well respected judge and will be missed. The Federation Chairman, Derek Tarrant, has shared this tribute with us;

Joy.  My friend from Horticulture, a rather stern lady on the outside, but when you worked with her and talked of other things in life, it became a pleasure to know her.

The Dorset Federation of Horticultural Society would probably not be so well known, but for the tremendous amount of work Joy put in to it over many years.  Finally and quite rightly, as a reward for all the work, became the President.

Her work as a Judge was second to none and she gave advice and knowledge to many others.

The horticultural world in the South and West is now a poorer place without her.

Thank You Joy.

We will miss you.

                               Rest in peace.


On a happier note, The Jubilee Picnic was enjoyed by members on 2nd June,  a lovely sunny afternoon in Immy and Bob Turner’s garden. Many thanks to them.

We have a break now until the Summer Show on 20th August. Details and schedule can be found on the ‘shows’ link. Copies of the schedule are also available from the Show Secretary, 813942. You will see that we have continued the Jubilee theme in the Floral Decoration classes.

Platinum Jubilee Photos;