Site updated  November 2nd 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


The committee were all very sad to learn of the death of Mary Palfrey on 2nd June. She made a huge contribution to the work of the produce association and was given life membership when she retired a secretary in 2006 and moved to Exmouth to be with her family. Mary was secretary for fourteen years, was a great organiser and gave generously of her time and energy. Our plant stalls were always graced with her home grown produce and flowers. Mary was particularly active in encouraging members to enter our annual show. She loved her flowers and it is fitting that the cup she and her husband Ernie donated to the association, is awarded for the best flower arrangement at the annual show, which she ran for so long. 




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Jim Buttress’s Tips for November 


1.                 Prune Acers now, rather than in late spring, to avoid to avoid risk of bleeding sap.

2.                 Plant tulips for spring flowering.

3.                 Prune apple and pear trees between now and early March.

4.                 Avoid cutting grasses and other perennials with seed heads which are attractive to birds and insects.

5.                 Plant raspberry canes in well manured soil. 18-24 inches (45-60cms) apart.

6.                 Order new seed catalogues. or acquire your new Dobies catalogue when you renew your Talaton Produce Association membership at the AGM or Pam (822864) after that.

7.                 Sow broad beans outside for overwintering.

8.                 Begin winter digging on heavy soils. Dig with a spade and leave the soil in large lumps so that freezing and thawing over the winter will help to break the soil down.

9.                 Take hard wood cuttings of red and white currants. 12inches (30 cms) long. Remove all buds except the top 3. Use a slit trench with grit at the base.

10.            Ensure Brassicas are netted against pigeon damage. Stake Brussel sprouts in looser soil or windy conditions.



  Annual Produce Show




Talaton Produce Association Show 2017


Thank you to all who came along to the Parish Hall on Saturday 5 August to see the fruits of our members labour. There were also lots of vegetables and flowers to admire along with jams, interesting tipples and of course the baking. Thank you to all those who exhibited – congratulations to those that triumphed on the day and try again next year to those that did not fare quite as well.


We were particularly pleased that we had 9 children enter exhibits this year. Over all the classes and both sections (0 – 7 years and 8 – 16 years) we had 32 exhibits! Well done, the best we have had for a long time. The Judge was very impressed by the hard work that had gone into producing the fairy cakes, insects out of a wooden spoon, photograph frames, posies and vegetables. The potato heads were a great talking point.             Our youngest entrant was 2 years and 11 months and we hope that he and the rest of our young gardeners continue to produce such entertaining exhibits over the next few years.


It has been a difficult year in the garden and we know that the weather we have had over the last few months did affect some of the classes with numbers down in the clematis, rose and tomato classes, to name a few. However this village knows it onions and there were plenty of other classes that were well subscribed.


The big surprise this year was that we had three men who all achieved the same high score. Our Chairman can not remember this happening before (and we did double check the scores). This means that Graham, Laurence and Terry will have to share the J W Wise Cup and have it grace their respective mantelpieces for 4 months each!


Thanks must be given to all those who work hard to put on the show and help on the day. There are too many to name but mention does need to be made of 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 delicious cakes and refreshments for all who visit the show.


The winners this year were:


High Sheriff of Devon Champion Cup – Rosie James

J.W.Wise Cup – Gentlemen – Graham Spry/Laurence Wood/Terry Wright

Mrs E.R.Glover Cup – Ladies – Rosie James

Cyril Young Trophy for the Runner Up – Pam Weston

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

Palfrey Memorial Cup for best flower arrangement – Nickie Bitschi

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


Children’s Section:

Keith West Memorial Cup for highest points – Benjamin Gray

Acorn Cup – runner up ‘up to 7 years’ – Wilbur Shaw

Oak Cup – runner up ‘8- 16 years’ – Jonathan Gray


The public vote for the best arrangement of flowers in a wine glass was won by Ann Ellis, with Lucy Channon 2nd and runner up Nickie Bitschi.


We hope that all who entered or visited the Show 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. Come and talk to us at our AGM on 15 November to find out more.


Lesley Powell

Show Secretary


  Photos of the Produce Show 2017 followed by photos of the Pumpkin Competition 2017










 The Nerve Centre !














Entries for the Pumpkin Competition  2017      






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pumpkins 2017



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Annual Outing 2016 -  Cotehele


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Many thanks to Val for these pictures


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