Site updated July 10th 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. Let us hope that all our flower arrangers do her proud this year with the best display ever.


Jobs for July

Weed regularly. Remember the old saying, “One years seeding, seven years weeding.”

Water veg such as lettuces and cabbages to help prevent bolting or at least delay it.

Net peas, brassicas and soft fruit against birds.

Pinch out the tops of climbing beans when they reach the tops of their supports so that they don’t grow too long and become tangled and top heavy.

Feed tomatoes and peppers and don’t forget to keep picking out tomato side shoots.

Dry out garlic, onions and shallots by gently loosening the soil around the roots eventually lift the bulbs and lay them on the ground to dry. Weather permitting!

Keep dead heading flowers to prolong their flowering period.

Then sit back and think about what to enter in the show.


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

(Submitted by Val Peterson) 









 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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