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Craft, Cooking and Horticulture Competitions

Be part of the show by entering one of our many competitions!

We have horticulture and craft classes which cover a large range of gardening, bakery and handicraft skills.

Adult classes cost 40p each to enter and 20p for childrens'.  You may only enter each class once,
but there are almost 100 to choose from.

If you want to enter, please print out the form here and submit it (with your entry money) in a sealed envelope either:

at the Stroud Town Council Offices, London Road. There will be a box with 'Stroud Country Show' marked on it.

  • opening hours (or through the letterbox if the office is closed)

or posted to 
Mr D Williams, The Old Cider House, Manor Fm, Broad St, Kings Stanley, Stonehouse, GL10 3PN

ENTRIES CLOSE AT 5PM on 10th July 2019

Categories for this year's competitions

  1. One vase of three stems of floribunda roses
    (one or more varieties)

  2. One specimen hybrid Tea rose

  3. One vase of three blooms of Hybrid Tea roses

  4. A single bloom any colour in picture frame provided - (4in x 6in, 10cm x 15cm)
    Note; Varieties should be named where possible

   4. A bowl of sweet peas (of at least 18 stems mixed colours). Arranged for effect with any foliage or grasses

   5. One vase of sweet peas , three or more different colours (of at least nine stems)

   6. One vase of seven stems of one colour

   *8. A vase of flowers, four kinds, perfect for pollination.

   *9. A vase of perennials, four kinds, three stems of each. (trees or shrubs excluded).

   10. A foliage pot plant, up to an 8in (20 cm) pot.

   11. A flowering pot plant, up to an 8in (20 cm) pot.

   12. Five or more different cut garden flowers in a vase

   13. A pelargonium (geranium), up to an 8in (20 cm) pot.

   13a. Stroud Gardening Club members only . Geranium grown from plug provided. Pot size 6in (15 cm)

   14. A fuchsia plant, up to an 8 in (20 cm) pot.

   15. Patio pot, not to exceed 18 in (46 cm).

   15a. Hanging Basket - Basket not to exceed 15" diameter (38cm) with hanging chain

   16. Display of flower heads floating on water in a bowl which does not exceed 8 in (20 cm) in diameter.

   17. A vase of mixed flowering shrubs (not less than 3 varieties.)

*Vase neck not to exceed 4in. (10cm) in diameter

   18. French beans, six pods.

   19. Three globe beetroot, tops trimmed to 3in (7.5 cm)

   20. Runner Beans, six pods

   21. Three onions, with tops dressed.

   22. Dish of six pods of green peas.

   23. Soft fruits, one variety, one dish of maximum 12 items

   24. Broad beans, six pods

   25. Dish or plate of four white potatoes (one variety)

   26. Dish or plate of four coloured potatoes (one variety)

   27. Collection of herbs for culinary use, cut and displayed

   28. Pair of courgettes, cylindrical or round.

   29. Pair of lettuce (any variety).

   30. Three carrots , tops trimmed to 3in (7.5 cm)

   31. Any other kind of vegetable, not included above.

   32. Any three vegetables, organically grown.

   33. Rhubarb, six sticks, foliage Cut to 3in (7.5 cm)

   34. Collection of vegetables (more than three types) on a tray or in a basket (not to exceed 18 x 24 in (46 x 61 cm)).
Number of vegetables as for individual classes).

   34a. Ugly Veg - "Wonky veg that will make us chuckle"


   35. "Pride of my Garden" - A single Stem Flower with Foliage

   36. "Light Refreshments" - An arrangement in a cup and saucer
This class is restricted to beginners who have not previously won at Stroud Country Show

   37. A basket of cottage garden flowers and foliage maximum size 18”x 18” (46cm x 46cm)

   38. "Secret garden" - A petite exhibit size 9” (20cm) in any directions

   39. "Farmers market" arrangement to include flowers, Fruit and vegetables max size 24”x24” (61x61cm) accessories allowed

40. Red wine - any variety, grape, fruit or vegetable

41. White wine - any variety, grape, fruit or vegetable

42. Fruit cordial (non-alcoholic)

43. Cider or Perry

In all these classes print size 10 x 8 in maximum and to be MOUNTED

  44. Green and Thriving

  45. Through the Window

  46. Silhouette

  47. Water

  48. Black and White

Note: The winner of Class 44 will be offered the opportunity to be the official photographer for next year’s show.

   49. A painting of any medium

   50. A collage of mixed media

   64. A soft toy of any medium

   65. A handmade greetings card; Easter, birthday, Christmas etc

   67. Embroidery

   68 A knitted garment

   69. A crocheted item

   70. A blanket of any medium; knitted, crocheted, quilted etc

   71. A handmade item in a hard material; for example, glass, metal or wood

   72. An upcycled item

   73. A handmade jewellery item; beads, buttons, silver etc

   74. Cross Stitch

   75. A Cushion

   76. A handmade winter item or garment to donate to Emmaus Homeless charity; socks, scarves, hats, gloves, any medium, any age to enter

   76a. A handmade blanket for a street homeless dog or animal to be given to Emmaus street homeless charity.

  77. A quilting depicting ‘Green and Thriving ’
A cot blanket typically measures 40 inches by 60 inches (100cm by 150cm)

All cookery entries to be covered in cling film

   78. One pot of jelly (any variety)

   79. One pot of home made jam (any variety)

   80. One pot of home made lemon curd

   81. One pot of home made chutney (any variety)

   82. Victoria Sandwich (using own recipe). Raspberry jam filling, caster sugar topping

   83. Six cupcakes on a plate or stand

   84. Six home made chocolate brownies on a plate or stand

   85. A loaf of Bread (1 lb or 1/2 lb), any method

   86. Vegan Cake (please provide recipe)

   87. Handmade Fudge - any flavours displayed on a small plate

   88. Guinness cake MEN ONLY using recipe provided below:

For the Cake
250 millilitres Guinness
250 grams unsalted butter
75 grams cocoa powder
400 grams caster sugar
150 millilitres sour cream
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon vanilla extract
275 grams plain flour
2½ teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
For the Topping
300 grams cream cheese
150 grams icing sugar
2 teaspoons cornflour
125 millilitres double cream (or whipping

Preheat the oven to gas mark 4/180°C/160°C Fan/350ºF, and butter and line a 23cm / 9 inch springform tin.

Pour the Guinness into a large wide saucepan, add the butter - in spoons or slices - and heat until the butter's melted, at which time you should whisk in the cocoa and sugar. Beat the sour cream with the eggs and vanilla and then pour into the brown, buttery, beery pan and finally whisk in the flour and bicarb.

Pour the cake batter into the greased and lined tin and bake for 45 minutes to an hour. Leave to cool completely in the tin on a cooling rack, as it is quite a damp cake.

When the cake's cold, sit it on a flat platter or cake stand and get on with the icing. Lightly whip the cream cheese until smooth, sieve over the icing sugar and cornflour and then beat to combine.

If using double cream, add it and beat until you have a spreadable consistency. If using whipping cream, whisk first to soft peaks, add a couple of spoonfuls into the cream cheese mixture and once this is combined, fold in the rest.

Ice the top of the black cake so that it resembles the frothy top of the famous pint.

Entries exhibited by WI branches should NOT bear the name of branch on the exhibit.
The WI Rose Bowl will be awarded to the WI branch which gains the highest aggregate of points in all crafts.
In the event of a tie the branch with the most 1st prizes will be the winner. 5 points for 1st, 3 points for 2nd, 1 point for 3rd.
The judge’s decision is final.

Theme “Green and Thriving”
Five different handicrafts

1. Knitting (hand) page 78
     - Extra marks for an original design
     - Adapted pattern not necessary to include in display
     - Must not include crochet edgings or surface embroidery 

2. Patchwork page 86
     - Hand or machine both accepted
     - Rings or hanging sleeve to aid display as necessary per your display

3. Canvas work - page 59
     - Stamped canvases and kits allowed
     - Credit for original design
     - Mounted or framed as per your display
     - Can be both traditional or any grid including metal or paper

4. Hard as opposed to a soft craft

5. Own choice not to include as above.

Exhibits to be staged by 9.30 am.
Provide your own display board in proportion to the items presented but should not exceed 23 in x 35 in (60 cm x 90 cm).
NO hanging drapes to be displayed below the table.
Judged according to “On With the Show”. Entry fee £1.

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Children's Classes


Timetable of events

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Stalls and exhibitions will be going on all day