VPA Winter Show 2022

Saturday 12 February 2022

The next Winter Show will be the VPA Winter Show 2022 on Saturday 12 February 2022 at 2:30pm in Little Gaddesden Village Hall.

This page contains all you need to know about the VPA Winter Show 2022:

How to Enter the VPA Winter Show

There are three ways you can enter the show:

  1. Fill in a paper copy of the entry form that’s in the show programme (or downloaded and printed from the Show Entry Form Download section below) and deliver it, with your entry fee, to
    • Janet Stinton, 5 Ringshall, Little Gaddesden or
    • Alastair Green, 1 Pond Lane, Little Gaddesden
  2. Email a scan or legible photo of a filled in paper copy of the entry form (e.g. downloaded and printed from the Show Entry Form Download section below) to the VPA Show Team at VPA-show@LGVPA.org. Please pay the entry fee on the day of the show.
  3. Submit your entry online directly from this page, using the Online Entry Form below. Again, please pay the entry fee on the day of the show.

Deadlines

Deadline for Entries:
Wednesday 9 February 2022, Midnight

How long have I got before the deadline for entries?

Staging Deadline:
Saturday 12 February 2022, 10:45am

The Village Hall is open for staging entries:

  • Between 9:00am and 10:45am on Saturday 12 February 2022

Please leave the hall by 10:50am on the Saturday, as judging starts at 11:00am.

Entry Form and Full Programme for the VPA Winter Show

Browse the Show Entry Form

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Download the Show Entry Form

One A4 page for easy printing

Browse the Full Programme

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Download the Full Programme

Five A4 pages, including entry form, for easy printing

Submit Your Entry Online Here…

Pay your entry fee on the day

Fill in the form with the requested details and, when you’re ready, press the Submit button. Please fill in and submit the form separately for each named exhibitor. We’ll send you an email with a copy of what you submit, for reference.











    You can email the VPA show team at VPA-show@LGVPA.org.

    Rules and Top Tips

    General Rules of the Show

    1. The rules of the RHS and WI generally apply but with a few exceptions to encourage participation and competition.

    2. The judges’ decision is final.

    3. Entry forms should be submitted online, or in person to Janet Stinton or Alastair Greene (see entry form for details) no later than midnight on 9th February 2022.

    4. Two entries in each class are permitted for each entrant.

    5. The cost for each exhibit is £0.25 for an adult paid on show day if entry submitted on-line, otherwise when form delivered, all children’s entries are free.

    6. Entries must be put in position on the day between 9:00am and 10:45am.

    7. Each exhibit must bear a card provided by the committee. Junior exhibitors must mark their age on the back of the card.

    8. Entrants shall properly label their exhibit to identify its type, date, ingredients etc.

    9. All jars etc shall be clear glass

    10. The cost of entry to the show is £1:00 per adult, paid at the door, children are free. Opens at 2.30pm.

    11. Exhibits donated for sale in the show auction are much appreciated. Leave your items behind after the prize giving if you wish them to be auctioned.

    Rules for Division I – Pets

    a) Entry to the judging must be by the back door of the stage, and exhibitors to arrive by 2:30 sharp.

    b) One pet only per exhibitor. No fancy dress, ribbons or trimmings.

    c) Pets must remain in the stage area and should not be left alone.

    d) The stewards will take every reasonable care to ensure that sick or unsuitable animals are not exhibited; exhibitor and pet enter entirely at their own risk.

    e) Please note that under no circumstances can any pet be allowed in the main hall.   Entry via rear hall door directly on to stage.

    Top Tips for a Successful Show

    The show is run in line with RHS guidelines and the cookery is in line with WI guidelines.

    1.     Read the show schedule carefully

    Check your entry against the wording of the criteria for the class that you would like to enter.

    2.     Terminology

    In this schedule, the words “kinds” and “varieties” are used in the following sense:

    • Potatoes are KINDS of vegetables
    • Arran Pilot and Majestic are VARIETIES of potatoes.

    3.     Take your time

    If you are exhibiting in the vegetable division, take your time to present your entry in the best possible way – Is your exhibit clean and fresh? Is your plate the correct size? Do you need a cloth to lay your exhibit on? This will enable the judge to see immediately the quality of the exhibit but it also allows the exhibitor to enhance the colour or accentuate the exhibit.

    4.     Know your recipe

    It is often easy to be disqualified if you are not aware of what the judge will be looking for. If in doubt, consult the WI guidelines “On With The Show” a reference copy of which can be found at the VPA store.

    5.     Attention to detail

    If you are exhibiting root crops make sure that they are straight and disease free. Tomatoes should be firm fresh and even in size and free from blemishes.

    When entering a cake, check that you have removed any non-stick paper used during cooking and when entering a jam or jelly, ensure that the seal is appropriate.

    6.   Comments

    Each judge will leave you a comment that is designed to help you improve your next exhibit or display it to better advantage. We hope you will find their opinions informative.

    Good Luck!

    Cups and Prizes – Winter Show 2022

    VPA Winter Fruit and Vegetable Trophy
    Awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Division A – Vegetables

    Reg Bond Cup
    Awarded for the best individual exhibit in Division A – Vegetables

    Kathleen Talbot Rose Bowl
    Awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Divisions D – Preserves and Division E – Cookery

    Nan Parker Cup
    Awarded to the winner of Class 26 – Double Chocolate Cake

    Duncan Cup
    Awarded to the best exhibit in Classes 32-34 – Division F – Floral Art

    Wilson Cup for Under 6’s
    Awarded to the best exhibit in Division G – Children – 5 years old and younger

    Young Exhibitors’ Cup
    Awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Division G – Children – 6 to 10 year olds inclusive

    VPA Junior Cup
    Awarded to the best exhibit in Division G – Children – 6 to 10 year olds inclusive

    VPA Senior Cup
    Awarded to the exhibitor gaining most points in Division G – Children – 11 to 16 year olds inclusive

    CM Cup
    Awarded to the best exhibit in Division G – Children – 11 to 16 year olds inclusive

    Champion Pet Cup
    Awarded to the Champion Pet in the Winter Show

    Daphne Brooks Cup
    Awarded to the best exhibit in Division H – Photography and Craft (excluding exhibition of work)

    Basil Thorne Cup
    Awarded to the winner of Class 31– Men’s Cake