Midlands Dahlia Society Logo based on the original 1958 broach Midlands Dahlia Society
The Midlands Dahlia Society


52nd Annual Show 28th, 29th August 10

Midlands Society Chairman Ron Guest was a happy chap when the show started - with over 4 in rain in the previous week, he had been thinking that he would have to cancel the show!  However  32 exhibitors  took part showing 340 entries making for a very good show..  We had an increase in the number of visitors to the show as well..

Dave Gillam is the Midlands Champion for the second year running.

championship winner The winning entry used: Narrows Tricia, Winholme Diane, Dave's Choice and Oakwood Goldcrest .  Dave also won the NDS Silver medal and for the best exhibit in show (Oakwood Goldcrest), the Decorative Cup  for the best M/S/Min Dec in show ( Winholme Diane)- the S & E Braddock Perpetual Challenge Trophy for the best vase of S/ min Ball in show (Dave's Choice ).  Given all of these it is not surprising that Dave also won the Evening Telegraph Cup again for most points in the Trophy classes
Dave also won the H Dunkley Trophy for the best vase of Poms in show and the George Irvine Perpetual Challenge Cup for winning class 14   His entry can be seen on the right.best poms in show
George Irvine familyIt was very nice to have the Irvine family at the show.  Here we can see Mrs Irvine with her sons - one has come over from Canada, and the Society President Les Jones and his wife Audrey.


judges The judges for the show, ready for action!.  Many thanks to them for their time and effort - judging finished ahead of time.


Tom with Silver plate

The society has a new Silver trophy!

Tom Bebbington and his wife attended the show to donate a silver plate ( awarded by the NDS) to society president Les Jones.  Tom was very impressed with the quality of giants at the show.  Tom was national champion and also won best exhibit in Harrogate in the past. He first won at the MDS show in 1973!. 

Ian wins Giants
Jean Shaw

Ian Hill came down from Thirsk to show his Giant Dahlia - Jean Shaw, part of his winning entry for the Philip Damp Trophy.  He was also awarded the George Woodfield Trophy for best Large / Giant Dec in show.  His other blooms were: Alf Ramsey, Alvas Supreme, Candle light, Kenora Valentine and Walter Hardisty. 
The '20 Blooms from 20 Varieties' class only had 3 entries this year, however local showman Gabby Hayes won the Bruce Watson Trophy..Les Jones was second with Tom Upton third - it was nice to see Tom, he has not showed here for some time.

20 blooms


George It's nice to have members who travel some distance to exhibit at the Midlands show.  George Elliott from Swadlincote South Derbyshire came second in class 20 - one vase medium and one vase small dahlias.