Our first major event for 2023 was the Spring Show, which, despite the difficult weather conditions, was a success. We were down on entries in Flowers, Vegetables and fruit, however Photography, craft and cooking classes were well-supported. Our continued out-reach with local schools helped to increase the Photography entries (thanks to Astor College) and art-work from local primary schools (thanks to Temple Ewell Primary School, Elms Primary School, White-cliffs Primary and Lydden primary school.) We also had exhibits from a local Cub-scouts group. If your school or club would like to get involved and showcase their work at our shows (It’s FREE), please contact our Show Secretary (Bev) on: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Back by popular Demand” – We held our fun, family friendly Quiz on 22nd April, which was well attended. The winning team chose to donate the proceeds of £100.00 to the Dover RNLI. We are hoping to host another quiz in the near future – keep an eye on our website (or our Rivall newsletter) for details.
Figure 1: some of RGA committee presenting proceeds to RNLI Dover representatives
Figure 2: Quiz Winning Team
Upcoming River Gardeners’ Events
All events held at River Village Hall. We hope to see you at some of these events.
Summer Show – 08 July 2023 – public entry 14:00
River Fete – 16 July 2023 – RGA stall
Autumn Show – 16 Sept 2023 – Public entry 14:00
We are also planning to host our first Wine & Cheese evening, details to follow shortly. (pre-booking will be essential)
Events from our Friends
We are also supporting other local Gardening Clubs:-
TEDPA – Summer Show – Saturday 22nd July 2023 opens at 2pm in Temple Ewell Village Hall
Whitfield Gardeners – Summer Show – Saturday 15th July 2023 opens at 2:30pm in Whitfield Village Hall
With the COVID-19 Pandemic precautions forcing the cancellation of our Spring Show (due to take place on 04 April 2020) we have decided to host a “Virtual” Spring Show – Exhibitors, Visitors and the wider community were asked to send in Photos and Content for all to enjoy from the safety of your own home. We would like to Thank all those who have contributed and made such a good effort, specifically the Astor College Photography Department who’ve sent in many contributions and Judge Mr C Allen of Gateway Camera Club.
Sit back, relax and click on “Read More below” to feast your eyes on Spring!
Following the success of our Photography classes last year, we have improved and further expanded the categories available for 2020 in our Amateur Photography Competition.
With the New Year underway, now is the perfect time to set yourself some new photography challenges and push your creative imagination in our Fun, Free Photography Competition! We’ve chosen a broad range of categories from nature, urban environment, animals, aquatics and sports to suit photographers of any level.
Do I need to be a Photography Wizard to take part?
Nope, whether you’re new to snapping or an enthusiast you can join in on the fun. There is no minimum or maximum age either, so Children can take part too!
Do I need any special equipment?
No, there’s no special equipment needed – any digital or film camera will work. In fact, any Smart Phone equipped with a reasonable camera will be sufficient.
How do I take part?
Simply complete the registration form here to let us know which classes you’d like to enter (ideally the Wednesday before each competition). You’ll need to print out your photos (ideally on photo paper) to a maximum size of 5×7 inches. On the day of the competition, bring your photos along to River Village Hall, where our friendly team will be on hand to assist you in setting out your photos in the correct area.
Does it cost to take part?
No, the competition is completely FREE to enter to all exhibitors. However, light refreshments are available at the venue at reasonable cost.
How Many Photos can I enter?
You can enter a maximum of ONE photo per category there is no maximum on the number of categories you enter. Each Competition has six different categories.
I have never taken part in an RGA Competition before, can I have some more information?
Yes! We have a page dedicated to First-Time exhibitors here.
Competitions and classes
We run three competitions throughout the year (see our Events page for more info) – Spring, Summer and Autumn. Everyone is welcome to enter any or all of the competitions (Shows) throughout the year.
At each Show, exhibits will be judged against all other exhibits in each category with a 1st (3 Points), 2nd (2 Points) and 3rd prize (1 Point) being awarded in each class. The Judge is independent and a local photography expert. Points are accumulated across classes and competitions for each exhibitor. At the end of year (Autumn Show) the exhibitor with the highest number of points wins the “Grigg Cup.”
We have added Show dates, Schedule downloads, the online entry form and a “Kids Section” to our website so far, and we will be continuously adding, expanding and improving the content available. We hope this site will become the go-to site for all things Gardening in the future!
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