Site updated May 12th 2017 

Chairman : Tony Griffin.   Secretary : Pam Weston.  Treasurer: Phillip Higginson.   Show Secretary Lesley Powell

A Potted History:   At a meeting in the School Room, The Talaton Produce Association was formed in November 1949 for Talaton residents and holders of allotments. The annual membership was 2 shillings. Mrs Glover was elected secretary and Mr Eric Bambury Chairman and Treasurer.  The Association's Golden Anniversary was celebrated in 1999 with a party and commemorated by the planting of a Golden Hornet Crab Apple Tree in the Church grounds by Mr Bert Maher, a founder member. 


Membership Enquiries: Telephone Pam Weston 01404 822864

Annual Family Membership is £2 and entitles members to enter the Annual Produce Show, held the first Saturday in August, and to order seeds etc. from Dobies Catalogue in any quantity at a discount if ordered before Christmas.
Other attractions include a Garden Visit in the Summer, the committee runs stalls at the Village Day and Christmas How d'ye Do, a pumpkin competition and helps with refreshments at the village pantomime when there is one. 

The Annual General Meeting is in November

                New Committee elected at the A.G.M.25th November 2015

   Chairman             Mr Tony Griffin,

   Secretary           Mrs Pam Weston

   Treasurer             Mr Phillip Higginson,

   Show Secretary    Mrs Lesley Powell

  Committee Members     Mrs Nickie Bitschi, Mrs Rosie James, Mrs Kathy Gray, Mrs Peppi Shaw, Mr Terry Wright. Chris Harwood

  A Happy May to all Members


Thank you to all those who have renewed your annual subscription.  A gentle reminder to those who have not yet done so.  If you are quick you may still have time to receive a Dobies catalogue and take advantage of the great reductions - 50% on seeds.  New members are very welcome.  The subscription is just £2 per household.

More thanks to all those who gave donations for our stall at the How D’ye Do and to Nickie and Peppi for all the hyacinths they grew.  We raised £123.40 all of which were given for Hall funds.

2017 resolutions?  How about deciding to make your garden more bee friendly? If you want to find plants which will help, do go to the RHS website, Perfect for Pollinators for lists of plants in flower in spring, summer autumn and winter.  Plants flowering in the grim winter months are not only good for the odd hungry bee, but are there for us to enjoy too so its a win, win situation.  Just out of interest why not go round the garden counting how many species are in flower in the first week of January.

 A Few Tips for June



First I must apologise for not reminding you all that the first Sunday of May was the World Naked Gardening Day. Missed it? Well there is always next year! Mean while ……..


Jobs for June ………. weed, water, mulch! Feed tomato plants when the first fruit sets and pinch out their side shoots. If you leave these shoots then energy will be diverted into them rather than your crop of fruits. Of course there are always exceptions to rules - don’t pinch any side shoots off your free Otter Nurseries Tumbler tom. Tumblers work better for you, as little bush shaped plants.

Mid summer’s day should be the time to stop cutting asparagus, give it some well deserved food and let the shoots grow and flourish until they go brown in the autumn. This will give them a chance to make food for themselves and hopefully give you a good crop in 2018.


If you haven’t already done it, build supports for climbing beans.


Don’t forget to tend some of your crops and flowers so that they are ready for our Annual Show on the first Saturday in August! More about the show in next month’s Calendar.


AND    Please support our Village Day plant stall by donating plants, produce, old tools or anything connected with gardening to Nickie Bitschi , 3 Ivy Cottages, ideally before the day or at the stall on the day. Many thanks.

 Happy gardening!




Now how about joining us on our annual outing.  


Kingston Lacy, near Wimborne Minster, Dorset. Saturday 24th June



The house has an internationally acclaimed art collection which includes paintings by Velazquez, Rubens and Titian, while outside there is an interesting little Japanese garden besides acers and lots of bamboo, a fernery, rose garden, sweeping lawns with an herbaceous border, extensive woodlands and kitchen garden with allotments rented to members of the public. There is stables cafe which serves hot meals at lunch time,light bites, cream teas etc and a tea/coffee/icecream picnic area at the kitchen garden area.


 Cost to National Trust Members £10          £22 for non NT


Coach pick up at Talaton Inn car park   8.50am for 9.00am start   Sign up and pay in The Village Shop






More Pictures on the Noticeboard Page


Make a Note : Friday September 22nd

John Kennaway will give a talk on:

The Fall and Rise of a Country Estate 

More details to Follow.

Happy gardening.



Meetings: Hit the link below to read the document

Minutes of Committee meeting 16th November 2016 


Talaton Produce Association Show 2016 

We hope all who entered or visited the Show on 6 August enjoyed it and those that couldn’t make it will enter next year. Any adult resident in the village can join the Association and be eligible to enter all the classes in the show. Membership is per family and only £2 a year.

This year saw over 300 entries across the sections. The Judges commented on not only the number but also the high quality of the entries which made their lives all the more difficult!

Thank you to all who entered; without you and your hard work producing the magnificent blooms, enticing vegetables, jams, beverages, cakes and stunning flower arrangements we would not have a show. We hope that those didn’t win will not be too down heartened but resolve to try again.

Thanks must be given to all those who work hard to put on the show and help on the day. Amongst others (in no particular order) to Arnie for printing the show certificates, Phil for sorting out the PA system, the members of The Village Shop for accepting the entry forms and handing out the bench cards, our Judges who turn out every year and of course to Rosie and her team who produce mouthwatering and delicious cakes and refreshments for all who visit the show.

This year we only saw 4 children enter the children’s section which was down on last year but that did not detract from their entries which were imaginative and fun. The Judge really enjoyed her job this year and found it difficult to make her decisions.

The winners this year were:

High Sheriff of Devon Champion Cup – Peppi Shaw

J.W.Wise Cup – Gentlemen – Terry Wright

Mrs E.R.Glover Cup – Ladies – Peppi Shaw

Cyril Young Trophy for the Runner Up – Rosie James

W.I Cup for highest points in section 5 – Rosie James

Palfrey Memorial Cup for best flower arrangement – Rosemary Glanville

Sir Jack Boles Memorial Trophy for the gentleman’s baking – Jonathan Boles


Children’s Section:

Keith West Memorial Cup for highest points – Benjamin Gray and Jonathan Gray

Acorn Cup – runner up ‘up to 7 years’ – John Harris

Oak Cup – runner up ‘8- 16 years’ – Alexander Potter

Don’t forget, if you missed the show, there are plenty of photos on the website.




      Entries from the Pumpkin Competition 2016

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 Annual Talaton Produce Show
Another Successful and Very Enjoyable Show
Many thanks to Show Secretary Lesley Powell and all the others who put in so much work  - not least to all of you who actually entered the show .



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Annual Outing 2016 -  Cotehele


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Many thanks to Val for these pictures


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