Over 100 Exhibits for RGA “Virtual” Summer Show!

River Gardener’s Association brings Summer Colour with their fun “Virtual” Summer Show which went live on Saturday, A Local Secondary School along with local residents took part in the online event. Visit: rivergardeners.com/virtual-summer-show-2020 or search “River Gardeners Virtual Show” to access the Show for free.

On Saturday, 04 July 2020 local hobbyist’s club “River Gardener’s Association” hosted their 64th Annual Summer Show online bringing a splash of summer colour to local residents from the safety of their armchairs. Due to the CoronaVirus outbreak, holding “Virtual” Shows has become a necessity over the past few months with Public Gatherings and community events currently not-possible amid risks of spreading the virus in enclosed indoor spaces. The forward Thinking committee didn’t let COVID-19 stop proceedings though, and the idea of a completely online show was born.

First Prize in the Category “Setting Sun”

River Gardener’s Association hosted the much loved competition on their website, the first time in the 64 year life-time of this now family favourite event in many Riverites’ calendar. The Local response was overwhelming with over 100 entities across all categories including Photography, Cookery, Crafts and Horticulture. The Photography Class from a local Secondary School also submitted an excellent range of Photographic Exhibits, which were then judged by Mr C Allen a local photographic expert. Alongside the amazing Photographic work, there were Summery Floral displays and examples of the freshest local produce. Some contributors even got busy in the kitchen making jams and chutneys. 

River Gardener’s Association Show Secretary said: “I had thought that we wouldn’t have a Summer Show this year due to Covid 19 but we had over 100 entries in the Virtual Show. I would like to thank everyone that took part and now if you are sitting comfortably, I invite you to sit back and enjoy the Virtual Show.”

The Online Summer Show is now available online for anyone to access and enjoy for free, visit: rivergardeners.com/virtual-summer-show-2020 or search: “River Gardeners Virtual Show” if your interested in getting involved with our next Show, please contact us at: info@rivergardeners.com

River Gardener’s Association in brief:

River Gardener’s Association is a local, friendly club for amateur and ‘armchair’ gardeners of all ages. Our members’ interests include growing fruit, vegetables, plants and flowers, home produce, crafts, floral art and Photography. River Gardener’s Association is based in River near Dover in Kent.

River Gardener’s hold a number of shows each year in River Village Hall which are open Members and Non-Members with separate sections in the shows for children. New members are always welcome.

News from the Compost heap: June 2020 edition.

“Virtual” Summer Show

Unfortunately, with the COVID-19 situation still causing disruption we have taken the decision to cancel our Summer Show to protect the General Public Health, inline with current Government Guidelines. In its place, we plan to hold our Second “Virtual” Show (this proved to be a success for our Spring event, which you can see here: //rivergardeners.com/virtual-spring-show-2/) We’d like to encourage as many people as possible to enter this Fun, Free Online event. You don’t need to be a member or gardening expert to take part. All you need is a digital camera or Camera Phone. All you need to do is take photos of your “Exhibits” and send them to us at: info@rivergardeners.com by Wednesday 01 July 2020. We will then collate all entries and publish our “Virtual” Summer Show for all to enjoy. The Exhibit Categories along with full instructions are available on our Website at: //rivergardeners.com/virtual-summer-show-2020/ We are hoping that Autumn Show can go ahead as planned, pending further Government advise and we will confirm this nearer the time.

Quiz 2020

The ever popular Quiz we had planned in May was unfortunately postponed due to the pandemic, however we will be looking to hold this later in the year – watch this space for more details!
We hope you are all staying safe and well and we all look forward to getting back to normal as soon as possible.  

The River Gardeners Team!

“Virtual Spring Show”

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!

Virtual Spring Show 2020

Or click the link: //spark.adobe.com/page/rQ3VJTR6NETJb/

Virtual Spring Show

Although we have sadly had to Cancel our Spring Show in an effort to do our bit to prevent the spread of COVID-19, we haven’t given up hope of letting our eyes feast on the Dazzling Daffodils, Creative Craft, Fabulous Photos or Beautiful Bakes!

We’d love all our Exhibitors, members and friends to Photograph, or send in some words about the Exhibits they were preparing for our Show!

We will collate them together and share them on our website and here so that everyone can enjoy a “virtual” Spring Show on Saturday 04 April 2020

Simply email your contributions to: info@rivergardeners.com with your Name before 04 April 2020.

COVID-19: Effects on our Events

An open Letter from the Chairperson

Dear Members, Exhibitors and all Visitors,

As you are likely aware the situation regarding the spread of COVID-19 / Corona Virus has deteriorated over the last few days and Government publications indicate this is likely to get worse in the coming weeks and months.

With the above in mind, we the River Gardeners’ Committee have taken the difficult decision to Cancel our Up-coming Spring show, which would have taken place on 04th April 2020 as well as the “Floral Art Masterclass” which would have taken place on 03rd April 2020. Although cancelling any of our events is always a last resort and a difficult decision to take, we feel it is the right thing to do for the protection of the local Community to help curb the spread of the virus – particularly to those in the high-Risk Groups.

In addition, we are delaying our “Quiz with a difference” which was due to take place on 16 May – a new date will be released for this in the coming weeks.

Please do keep checking our website / Facebook Page for further updates. You can also join our Mailing list at: //mailchi.mp/52a03523fb41/river-gardeners-association to be notified about all our events, news and important information.

We would like to take this time to Thank you for your patience during this time, and look forward to welcoming our members, exhibitors and hopefully new-faces to our events as soon as possible.

Kind regards,

Paul and the RGA Committee

Chairperson

Photography Competition 2020

Back by Popular demand!

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.

Need some tips? check out this article from “Photography Life.

Q & A

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.”

The Grigg Cup

Spring Show Classes

Takes place on: Saturday 04 April 2020

7) “Clouds”.

8) “Scene in the Local Area

9)”New Life in Spring”

10) “A Seascape”

11) A Local Landmark

12) “Sporting Life”

Summer Show Classes

Takes Place on: Saturday 04 July 2020

7) A Close up of a Rose

8) A Monochrome Photo

9) A Photo Depicting Summer

10) River Through the Lens

11) Photo of Cliffs

12) A Setting Sun

71) A Pub Sign

Summer Show Classes

Takes Place on: Saturday 19 September 2020

7) A Close up of an Everyday object

8) A Woodland Scene

9) An Autumn Day

10) Halloween Theme Photo

11) A Dramatic Sky

12) A close up of a Spiders Web

Seed Catalogues – Available now!

River Gardeners’ Association are offering Members and Non-Members alike an amazing 30% discount on orders from our supplier, Kings Seeds.

Amazing 30% 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 sent to Tony Kember by 14 October 2019. Cheques should be made payable to River Gardener’s Association.

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