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Colourful blooms win growers top prizes in society's 175th year show

PUBLISHED: 15:59 13 September 2019 | UPDATED: 15:59 13 September 2019

Clive Savage with his dahlia entries at the Diss & District Horticultural Society early autumn show at Roydon Village Hall. Picture: Angela Sharpe

Clive Savage with his dahlia entries at the Diss & District Horticultural Society early autumn show at Roydon Village Hall. Picture: Angela Sharpe

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A Norfolk horticultural society that this year celebrated its 175th anniversary, making it one of the oldest in the country, has crowned its best growers at an annual show.

Diss & District Horticultural Society committee memberds at the early autumn show at Roydon Village Hall. Picture: Angela SharpeDiss & District Horticultural Society committee memberds at the early autumn show at Roydon Village Hall. Picture: Angela Sharpe

Gloriously colourful displays of blooms including a lovely display of dahlias and chrysanthemums greeted vistors to Diss & District Horticultural Society's early autumn show at Roydon Village Hall.

The big winner on the day was Roly Copping who won the Free Silver Challenge Cup for gaining the most points in all classes at the show.

Graham Lanchester won for his chrysanthemums at the Diss & District Horticultural Society early autumn show at Roydon Village Hall. Picture: Angela SharpeGraham Lanchester won for his chrysanthemums at the Diss & District Horticultural Society early autumn show at Roydon Village Hall. Picture: Angela Sharpe

Other noted winners were Donny Andrews who won the Bryant Cup for most points on the dahlia classes along with silver and bronze medals from the National Dahlia Society.

In the chrysanthemum classes Graham Lanchester was awarded the Strudwick Silver Challenge Cup for the most meritorious exhibit. The best collection of vegetables was awarded to Albert Gillingwater.

Judging under way at the Diss & District Horticultural Society early autumn show at Roydon Village Hall. Picture: Angela SharpeJudging under way at the Diss & District Horticultural Society early autumn show at Roydon Village Hall. Picture: Angela Sharpe

The first record of the society is in the Norwich Mercury on 7 May 1831, when the first meeting took place at The King's Head Hotel.

The success of the Norfolk & Norwich Horticultural Society, which is even older have formed in 1929, prompted Diss dignitaries and gentry form their own society.

Now with 80 members it hosts two annual shows of flowers, vegetables, floral artistry and handicrafts as well as talks and trips.

New members are very welcome to the next meeting on Tuesday, October 8, 7.30pm, at The United Reformed Church, Diss.

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