Wessex Group


The Wessex area covers the traditional county boundaries of: Gloucestershire; Somerset; Dorset; Wiltshire; and Hampshire.

2017 Wessex Group Show
The 2017 Wessex Group show will take place on Sunday 9th April at Henton Village Hall.
The show schedule can be downloaded here

January 2017 Wessex Group Newsletter
The January 2017 Wessex Group Newsletter can be downloaded here


Ivor Clarke being presented with the Crystal Trophy by Jackie Petherbridge

Congratulations to Ivor Clarke for winning a crystal trophy at the Rosemoor Daffodil Competition on 11 March 2017.

The early date of the second weekend in March didn’t faze Ivor Clarke of Alveston, South Gloucestershire.
All his entries at the RHS Daffodil competition at Rosemoor won first prizes and an immaculately grown and presented set of six blooms, Ombersley 1Y-Y and Honeybourne 2W-Y, Silent Valley 1W-W and Cameo Joy 2Y-R, with Arleston 2Y-Y and Queens Guard 1|W-Y deservedly won him the Crystal trophy.









Sad news
It with great sadness that we announce the death of Alan Purnell from Somerton on Sunday 6 November 2016. Alan was an excellent gardener with many successful flower and produce awards. When he became interested in daffodils his skills and enthusiasm made him a competitor to be reckoned with. This photo shows him receiving the Frank Calcraft trophy in 2013. He also won a DS silvered medal for most points and at least one other rosette at that show!

He and his wife Angela were a tremendous help to the DS Wessex group, always willing to help set up and close down, run raffles etc as well as showing some lovely flowers. Alan will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to Angela and family







The funeral arrangement arrangements are as follows:-
Monday 21st November @ 11.20 am
Yeovil Crematorium
Bunford Lane
BA20 2EJ

Following the service refreshments at
Kelways Garden Centre
The Potting Shed
Picts Hill
TA10 4EZ

The 2016 AGM of the Daffodil Society’s Wessex Group took place on

Thursday 20th October 2016 at 2.30pm
The venue :  The Jack Crease Room, Yatton Village Hall, The Causeway, Yatton, Somerset.

The AGM agenda can be downloaded here

Ivor Clark exhibited at the Rosemoor show on Sat 12 April and had a wonderful Honeybourne that won Best Bloom in the show. He was just pipped to first place in the 6 singles class by Allen Brierley.

Eric Pickard was elected to the DS committee at the 2016 AGM in March.

Two New Wessex Judges on the DS List.
Two of the three candidates taking the Society judging test in April 2015 came from the Wessex region. Congratulations to Ivor Clark and Eric Pickard who are now accredited Society judges. Well known bulb supplier Frankie Charlton from Miniature Bulbs, Choice bulbs was the third successful  candidate.

West Moors HS Show Report – Saturday 26th March
West Moors Spring Show is always well supported especially by the local community who provide a membership base any village would be proud of. It is a friendly show which, as far as daffodils are concerned caters both for top class competition attracting exhibitors from other counties; but also importantly for the novice grower and local gardeners in what they term members ‘small growers’ classes. In fact there are as many classes for daffodil small growers as there are in the main competition, with special classes for garden favourites such as ‘Ice Follies’, ‘Tahiti’, ‘St.Keverne’, and ‘Rainbow’; to a trophy class for an all yellow daffodil, won this year by Miss Erica Pickard with a very nice Impeccable 2Y-Y; and even their own small growers championship class for four vases, won this year by Master Ken Pickard. There seemed to be no shortage of first time exhibitors in these small growers classes which is good to see.In the open daffodil classes there were four exhibitors in the West Moors Championship Class:

Derek Phillips is this years winner with: Gympie 1Y-Y; Dorneywood 1W-Y; Pink Silk
1W-P; Lennymore 2Y-R; Banker 2Y-O; and Latchley Meadows 2W-Y.
Dave Manston was runner up, and Ray Hayward third.
Derek’s Banker was also judged to be Best Bloom in Show, and the entry was awarded Best Exhibit in the Daffodil classes.Dave Manston came good in the Div:1 classes winning all three with: Midas Touch 1Y-Y;
3X St.Budock; and 3X Swanvale 1W-W. ‘That’s nice’ were my thoughts when Dave put up his vase of three Swanvale, which quite rightly was awarded Best Vase in Show.The remaining multi stem vases in Divs:1-4 were won by Derek Phillips with:
3X Impeccable 2Y-Y; 3X Demo 2Y-O; and 3X Heamoor 4Y-Y. There were no entries for 3X Div:3.The two multi head classes were both won by Tony Beard with Ice Wings 5W-W.

The homemade cakes for sale with a cup of tea in the afternoon also deserve a mention, absolutely scrummy.
Derek Phillips.
WMHS Member.

North Somerset Chrysanthemum and Dahlia Society
Show Report  –  Sunday 20th March 2016

Class 1. The Daffodil Championship Cup calls for 9 distinct cultivars, from divisions 1 – 4,



1 bloom per vase and was won by David Bryant showing Harvington, Lennymore, Pink Silk, Midas Touch, Tutankhamun, Loch Hope, Truculent, Sherborne and Bravoure. Derek Phillips 2nd, with Demmo, Pink Silk, Lennymore, Dorneywood, Cameo Frills, Queen’s Guard, Gympie, Latchley Meadows and Impeccable. Ivor Clark 3rd showing Arleston, Honeybourne, Ombersley, Queen’s Guard, Crowndale, Pink Silk, Banker, Pop’s Legacy and Cape Cornwall.
Class 2. Division 1, 6 blooms, 1 bloom per vase, not less then 2 and no more then 3 of the same cultivar.
1st Derek Phillips, two Pink Silk, two Gympie and two Queen’s Guard. 2nd Frank Newbery, two Corbiere, two Goldfinger, two English Caye. Richard Patrick 3rd showing, Dorneywood, Corbiere, Beaulieu and three unnamed blooms.
Class 3. Rose Bowl Trophy. Div.2 and/or Div:3, 6 blooms, 1 bloom per vase, not less then 2 and no more then 3 of the same cultivar. 1st David Bryant, Demmo, two Happy Valley, two Tutankhamun and Resplendent. 2nd Richard Patrick, Banker, Sea Legend four unnamed blooms. 3rd Derek Phillips, two Demmo, two Punter and two Lennymore.
Class 5. G.V.Patrick Trophy. Division 1 – 4, 3 vases, 3 distinct cultivars, 1 cultivar per vase.
1st Nick Toogood, unnamed blooms. 2nd I.Clark, showing, Arleston, Pop’s Legacy and Ombersley. 3rd Richard Patrick, with Banker, Sea Legend and Impeccable.
Class 10 Division 4 1 vase 3 blooms. 1st David Bryant, showing Sherborne which won a DS Diploma.
with Ivor Clark 2nd and John Chinn 3rd.
Two entries in Class 18  G.L.J.Perpetual Trophy.  Division 1 – 4, 3 vases, 3 distinct cultivars, 1 cultivar per vase. 1st David Bryant, showing Drayton, Pink Silk and Midas Touch, also winning a DS Diploma. 2nd Richard Patrick, with, Fiona McKillop, Pink Silk and Pop’s Legacy.
David Bryant winning every award apart from the G.V.Patrick Trophy, he had best bloom in show with “Harvington”  and also won the Jim Kerton Cup for Highest Points in Show with 44 points, and Richard Patrick came in next with 18. Other exhibitors who won cards in the Daffodil classes at the show are Keith and Loraine Pursey, Russell Dare and Frank Newbery. With the early season and 13 more entries, and 3 extra exhibitors, it turned out to be a good show, congratulations and thanks to all the exhibitors who exhibited, and thank you all for your loyalty and support.
Bob Ford

The Daffodil Society- Wessex Group – Show Report
Sunday 10th April 2016

The 28th Wessex Group Show at its usual venue at Henton in Somerset, was an event that everyone seemed to enjoy even more than usual this year. Our senior judge, James Akers MBE, had his work cut out in the six championship classes though, which contained 141 vases between them, most of which James patiently pointed. 28 exhibitors in total which, without looking at old results, I believe was a record number of exhibitors.

The quality of all the exhibits was very high, especially in the Wessex Championship class requiring 6 vases covering all Divisions 1-4.

Wessex Championship

Wessex Championship

We have a new Champion this year (About time, I can hear you thinking !), winner of the Society Gilt Medal was a really excellent exhibit put up by Ivor Clark, with: Sun Bronze 2Y-O; Moon Shadow 3W-GWW; Cool Crystal 3W-GWW; Disquiet 1Y-Y; Tasgem 4Y-Y; and Touchdown 2W-P. Ivor’s Cool Crystal was Best Div.3 bloom and also Reserve Best Bloom in show.

Cool Crystal - Best Division 3 & Reserve Best Bloom - Shown by Ivor Clark

Cool Crystal – Best Division 3 & Reserve Best Bloom – Shown by Ivor Clark

Erica Pickard was Second, which out of 9 entries was a commendable result for a novice exhibitor. Derek Phillips scraped a Third Place, although his exhibit did contain the Best Div.1 bloom Ombersley 1Y-Y, and Best Div.2 bloom Banker 2Y-O. This Banker was also the Best Bloom in the show.

Banker - Best Div 2 & Best Bloom - Shown by Derek Phillips

Banker – Best Div 2 & Best Bloom – Shown by Derek Phillips

The Society Bronze Medal for the Best Exhibit in Championship classes 2-5, also went to Ivor for his 3×3 vases of: Samsara 3Y-YRR; Touchdown 2W-P; and Fireblade 2Y-YYO.

Bronze Medal

Bronze Medal Winner – Samsara, Touchdown & Fireblade – Shown by Ivor Clark

The Touchdown in this class were also awarded Best Vase of three blooms in the show. Second in the 3×3 Divs.1-4 was Derek Phillips; Third was Ken Pickard another novice exhibitor, fast leaving father Eric Pickard behind. Also in this class was Best Div.4 bloom Gay Kybo 4W-O from a vase of three shown by Richard Patrick.  7 Entries.

The Frank Calcraft Memorial Class for 6 vases from Divs.5-13 was won by Angela Purnell with an exhibit also awarded Best 5-13 collection. Dan du Plessis 8Y-O; Trignometry 11W-P; Silver Chimes 8W-W; Rapture 6Y-Y; Penny Perowne 7Y-Y; and Ice Wings 5W-W.
Second was Basil Billinger, and Third was Jennifer Dean. Jennifer’s entry did contain another of her nice Avalanches awarded Best Div: 5-13 bloom in show. 7 Entries.

The Frank Calcraft Memorial Class Entries

The Frank Calcraft Memorial Class Entries

Class 4 for 3×3 Divs. 5-13 was won by Angela Purnell once again with: Dan du Plessis 8Y-O; Silver Chimes 8W-W; and Penny Perowne 7Y-Y. Second Evelyn Jane, Third Jennifer Dean. 4 Entries.

Class 5 for 3×3 miniatures was won by Ivor Clark with: Minnow 8W-Y; Yellow Xit 3W-Y; and Pacific Coast 8Y-Y. Second Evelyn Jane, Third Jennifer Dean. 3 Entries.

The American Daffodil Society Ribbon was won once again by Derek Phillips with: River Queen 2W-W; American Dream 1Y-P; Rose Lake 2W-P; Trigonometry 11W-P; and Oregon Pioneer 2Y-P. Second Chris Yates, Third Jennifer Dean. Three very nice Entries.

The American Daffodil Society Ribbon Winning Entry - Shown by Derek Phillips

The American Daffodil Society Ribbon Winning Entry – Shown by Derek Phillips

The Society Silvered Medal for most points in the show was won by Chris Yates for a terrific contribution in terms of number of entries in the show including of course a selection of his wonderful seedlings.

There were multiple entries in 44 of the remaining 46 classes, mostly for single blooms. Chris Yates picked up four of the Section Winners rosettes for most wins in:- Div:1, Div:2, Div:3, and the Misc classes. Derek Phillips picked up two rosettes, for Div: 4, and the Miniature classes (Yes miniatures, you did read that correctly). Evelyn Jane won the Divs:5-13 section. Also in these classes was to be found the Best Miniature Pixie’s Sister 7Y-Y shown by Basil Billinger.

A new team from Henton GC provided the much loved Bacon Rolls in the morning, and the support from the garden Club Members generally is as ever appreciated. The Best Exhibit in the Local Classes went to an unnamed double exhibited by David Heath.

Thanks too, to James and Wendy for travelling so far to judge the show, to Gwynne Davies for taking on the often thankless task of Show Secretary, and to all my friends, family and exhibitors who unfailingly turn up to put the show up and then clear the hall afterwards. Without your support the show couldn’t happen.
Derek Phillips
Show Manager.
Photographs Courtesy of James Akers & Derek Phillips

Nailsea and District Horticultural Society Spring Show, Saturday 2nd April 2016

A few photographs from this years Nailsea Show Courtesy of John Hamblin.
Click on the images to enlarge.

NEWSLETTER                                                                                                                            The Wessex Group produces a Newsletter outlining its activities.                                     Recent copies are downloadable here;
Newsletter Jan 2015      Newsletter July 2015     Newsletter Jan 2016
Newsletter September 2016    Newsletter Jan 2017

Wessex Area Show Dates 2016 are listed in the Jan 2016 Newsletter

Daffodil items of interest for the Wessex area should be sent to Basil Billinger.
For other enquiries about the Daffodil Society-Wessex Group please contact the Secretary, Basil Billinger

  • Mr Basil Billinger
  • 19 Sunnymede Road
  • Nailsea, Bristol
  • North Somerset
  • BS48 2NF
  • Telephone:  01275 855675
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