Coffee Morning Success!

Wow What a start to events this year, kicking off with our Friendly Coffee Morning earlier today!

A big Thank-you to all the new faces and long-term Supporters, committee members, volunteers and Sale-Table Sellers for helping us make it such a success!

Our 60th Spring Show

Checkout our Events Page for details of our up-coming events and how you can get involved.

Raspberry Treats – Week 2


  • 250g cold unsalted butter, chopped
  • 1tsp finely grated lime zest
  • 200g plain flour, plus extra to dust
  • 80g cornflour
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 75g icing sugar
  • 75g icing sugar
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 250g good quality raspberry jam
  • Handful flaked almonds
  • You’ll need 2 x 12 hole muffin tins, lined with cake cases
  • piping bag with a plain 1cm nozzle


  • Heat oven to 180 degrees C, 160 degrees fan, gas 4
  • Combine butter, lime zest, butter, flour, cornflour, vanilla and icing sugar, baking powder and a pinch of salt in a food processor until you have a smooth, even dough. Try not to overwork it.
  • Tip the dough on to a floured surface and form it into a sausage shape.
  • Cut the dough into 25g pieces and roll into balls. Put the balls into the paper cases in the prepared tins.
  • Press each ball in the middle with your thumb (not too hard) to make a hole for the jam. Using the piping bag place about a teaspoon of jam in each hole. Sprinkle flaked almonds on the top.
  • Bake for 15 to 20 minutes until lightly golden in colour. Cool on a wire rack. Dust with icing sugar to serve.

Christmas Brownies – Week 1

The RGA team are getting in the Christmas spirit, we wanted to share this tasty festive Treat with you!

Ingredients for 15-18 brownies

  • 300g dark chocolate chopped
  • 250g unsalted butter chopped
  • 5 free range eggs
  • 400g caster sugar
  • 1tsp vanilla extract
  • 150g plain flour
  • 50g cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt.
  • 3 tbsp mincemeat
  • icing sugar to serve


  1. Heatoven to 180 degrees C, fan 160 degrees, gas mark 4. Grease a shallow baking tin 20 x 30 cm and line with baking paper.
  2. Melt the chocolate and butter in a bowl set over barely simmering water. Makesure the bowl doesn’t touch the water. Stir occasionally until smooth then allow to cool.
  3. Place eggs, sugar and vanilla in an electric mixer/ food processor and beat until pale and fluffy. Beat in the cooled chocolate mixture. Sift in the flour, cocoa, baking powder and salt and fold in with a large metal spoon. Gently fold in the mincemeat.
  4. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and smooth the surface. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until firm to the touch but still fudgy in the centre. Allow the brownie to cool in the tin, then remove, cut into squares and sprinkle with icing sugar. Store in an air tight tin for up to two days.

Autumn Show Success!

Our Autumn Show on 29th September proved to be our most popular show this year, receiving over 150 exhibits of a varied nature including Fruit, Vegetables, Flowers, Cookery, Floral Art, Photography and Children’s entries.

The Show Secretary commented “Having taken over the role of Show Secretary this year, following the retirement of the previous Show Secretary with his 20 years of service, these will be some big shoes to fill! I look forward to bringing fresh, new ideas to the show bench and welcome new and experienced exhibitors.”

The Judges noted the quality of the exhibits and they are looking forward to returning to River Gardeners’ next year!

The Chairman commented “For a successful show you need exhibitors, visitors and a hard working and enthusiastic committee, at this show we achieved all three making it our most successful show of the year and we look forward to improving upon it next year.”

We would like to Thank all our Judges, Exhibitors, Visitors and Committee for all their efforts in making our Autumn Show such a success. RGA would also like to congratulate  all our Accolade Winners! These were our youngest two!!!

Seed Catalogues – Available Now!

A helping hand from us to you

River Gardeners’ Association are offering Members and Non-Members alike an amazing 40% discount on orders from our supplier, Kings Seeds.

Amazing 40% discount!

Seed catalogues can be obtained from our Village Garden Shop on Bylan Road on Sundays between 10:30 and 12:00.

All orders and Money needs to be ready for handing in at our Autumn Show (29th September.) Cheques should be made payable to River Gardener’s Association.

For more information about this incrdible offer, please contact or call Tony on 01304 824810.

Summer update – 2018

River Primary School exhibits


Great News! River Gardeners’ Association now have a website:

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!

Our website shown responsively

Summer Show

Our Summer Show on 30th June proved more popular with exhibitors, receiving over 100 exhibits of a varied nature including Fruit, Vegetables, Flowers, Cookery, Floral Art, Photography and Children’s entries. The Judges noted the quality of the exhibits and they are hoping to see an increased amount at our Autumn Show on Saturday 29th September. We aim is to make this our biggest and best show of the year, and we need more exhibitors and more visitors to do this.

If anyone would like to try their hand at showing, just visit our website for all the details you need.

Children’s Exhibits

Children we need you!!!!

If you are aged 7 and under why not enter “An Autumn Collage” any media Max. size A4

8 to 12 years – 3 Decorated Fairy Cakes (Cakes can be bought)

Or if you are a budding photographer aged up to 12 years, there are 2 classes for you:-

  • A Photo of Autumn Trees
  • A Photo of a Spiders Web

There are cash prizes for the winners of the Children’s Classes. All you need to do is fill in the entry form on the website or email us on the address below.

River Primary School

River School produced an excellent display of work from all age groups that was a feature in the Main Hall.

We would like to thank them for all their hard work and hope to see parents and Grandparents at the next show to view their work.

River Primary School exhibits

General RGA News

After 20 years service to River Gardener’s Association Mr E Boughton has retired from the post of Show Secretary and we thank him for all his hard work. Our new Show Secretary is Mrs B Jaconelli who looks forward to taking the reins!

Finally, we would love to hear from you:


Summer Show Winners – 2018

Group Photo of our Summer Cup Winners 2018

Thankyou to all those who attended and exhibited at our Summer Show on Saturday 30th June 2018, without whom this event could not take place!

A big thankyou also to our Judges who gave up their time to judge at our show. We received some great feedback from the judges with regard to the quality of exhibits!

Congratulations to our Cup Winners too and a big well done if you took part in our Fun, Friendly Summer Show!

Fancy having a go at exhibiting at our Autumn show? It’s easier than you think! email us at: to find out more and keep an eye on our Events page at: