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
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.
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.”
With the festive season almost upon us, all of us at River Gardeners’ Association would like to wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We have a very exciting year of events planned in 2020 – sneak previews below!
A new season of events started in February with our Coffee Morning. This year we included a table top sale where local businesses were invited to attend and sell their products. The event was very well received and visitor numbers were up. The new style Coffee Morning will be here to stay and hopefully we can encourage more sellers to attend next year.
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.”
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