Marston Pumpkin Club


Autumn Social and Pumpkin Club Show, 13 Oct 18.

The objective of Marston Pumpkin Club is not only to grow the heaviest pumpkin, but also to engender a spirit of competition, challenge, friendship and above all else, a bit of fun for all who participate.

As with many such activities it all began quite innocently in 1963 when Mr. George Tucker, took a pumpkin to show to others in the bar of the Thorold Arms public house in Marston. This created boastful comments from other growers which resulted in a friendly competition the following year. The competition was won by Mr. Bunny Turner with a pumpkin weighing 1 stone 1 pound.  Bunny, ably assisted by Mr. Titch Williams, made the competition an annual event with over a hundred entries growing nearly two tons of pumpkins in the first year.

The Annual Show is now held at the village hall on a Saturday in October.  Weigh-in is from 7 pm to 8 pm.  The entrance fee is £1, payable by purchasing seeds from the organiser from April to mid June.  Alternatively the fee may be paid when submitting a pumpkin or pumpkins at the Show.  Entry is open to all-comers and participants may use their own seeds.  Prizes are awarded on the same evening.  This is followed by a raffle for club funds, and a complimentary buffet comprising pumpkin soup and a bread roll.

Prizes are awarded for the following categories:
Heaviest: The Bunny Cup
Second heaviest: The Titch Trophy
Third heaviest
Best pair
Catchweight (ie average weight of the total)

To encourage fair competition and to recognise the efforts of all participants, an entrant is permitted to win no more than one of the five prizes.

Each year a donations are made to local good causes.

RESULTS, 13 October 2018

1st prize, The Bunny Cup - 10 st 12 lbs, Nigel Harris
2nd prize, The Titch Trophy - 8 st 8 lbs, Gareth Williams
3rd prize - 7 st 0 lb, Ted Critchley
Best pair - Val Pearson
Catchweight - Sophie Pearson
Total weight of 19 pumpkins entered - 0.48 tons.

Best Decorated Pumpkin (Children):
First Prize - Phoebe Toole.
Second Prize - Reception class at Marston School.
Third Prize - Year 6 girls (Lucy Mapletoft, Annie Corston, Mathilda Carley and Holly Walker)

Donations have been made from the proceeds of the evening to the WI, Marston Church Fabric Fund and the Save the Thorold Arms campaign.

Detailed results - see attached spreadsheet.

Organiser:  Andy Watson, tel: 01400 250840