SOCIETY RULES


1. The name of the society shall be the BILLERICAY HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY.

2. Its object shall be to encourage the science and practice of horticulture in all its branches by arranging: -

   (a) At least one Show annually.

   (b) Talks of interest to members.

3. That the management committee shall be empowered to affiliate to any Society with horticultural interests.

4.  Membership of the society shall be open to any person subscribing annually such amount agreed at the AGM.

5. Annual subscriptions are due in JANUARY of each year and members who have not paid their subscription by 31st MARCH shall be deemed to have resigned from the society.

6.  There shall be an Annual General Meeting of members held in the month of November each year.

7. The affairs of the society shall be conducted by a Committee of Management, consisting of the Chairman, Vice Chairman, Hon. General Secretary, Treasurer, Show Secretary, Assistant Show Secretary, Meetings Secretary, Membership Secretary, Press and Publicity Secretary and members – five to form a quorum

8. The committee shall have the power to appoint members of the society to act as stewards at the annual shows, or other functions organised by the society.

9. That upon receipt of a requisition signed by not less than 12 members of the society, the Hon Secretary shall call a special general meeting stating the business for which such meeting is called.  No other business except that notified shall be discussed or transacted at such a meeting.

10.  That no new rule shall be made, or existing rule amended or rescinded, except at the Annual General Meeting or at a special meeting called for that purpose.  The notice convening the meeting shall specify the alterations or additions proposed and not less than 14 days notice shall be given of such a meeting.

11. The committee shall open a banking account in the name of the society with a bank the committee shall select and all monies received by the secretary or treasurer on behalf of the society shall be paid into such account.  Cheques  shall be signed by two of the following officers, Chairman, Treasurer, Vice Chairman or Secretary.

12. There shall be elected annually one Hon Auditor (not a member of the committee) who will audit the accounts, which will be submitted to the Annual General Meeting.

13. The committee shall have power to settle matters not provided for in the rules.

14. That after absence by any member of the committee for three consecutive times, without reasonable excuse, they shall be deemed to have resigned.


1. Society Vases must be used, with the exception of classes 6, 20 and 36.

2. Mini show rules are as above, all points will go towards the annual awards of cups and medals.

 

A copy of the Horticultural Show handbook published by the RHS and the classified list of cultivars published by the NCS and the NDS are available for reference upon application to the show secretary.

 

   

   

   

   

       

   

   

   

   

   

I agree to abide by the society’s exhibition rules as printed in the schedule


Date:…………………… Name: {Block Capitals} ………………….…………………..…..

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SHOW RULES

ALL PRIZES, CUPS, MEDALS OR OTHER AWARDS WILL BE PRESENTED AT THE

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

 

1. The Show will be conducted in accordance with the rules and standards laid down by the Royal Horticultural Society Handbook, except where modified by this schedule.

2. All exhibits must have been in the possession of the competitor for at least eight weeks with the exception of pot grown plants where ownership should be at least 1 year and cookery classes.  The committee reserve the right to inspect the growing areas of competition before or after the show.

3. The committee reserves the right to refuse any entry and is not required to give any explanation or reason.

4. Competitors who cannot find space for an exhibit must consult a steward.  Once staged, an exhibit may not be removed without permission from a steward.

5. Competitors may show more than one exhibit in the same class.

6. Apart from the Mini Show, ALL EXHIBITS MUST BE STAGED BY 10:55am when the hall must be vacated. Judging will commence at 11:00am.  (Mini show does not apply)

7. Whilst judging is in progress, only authorised officials, at the discretion of the show secretary will be allowed in the hall.  The judge’s decision is final.  (Mini show does not apply)

8. Any protest must be made to the show secretary in writing before 3.00pm with 50p deposit, which will be refunded if the show committee upholds the protest.  If it is not upheld, the deposit will be forfeited to the society’s funds.

9. No exhibit may be removed before 4:00pm, but those not removed by 4:30pm will be placed outside the hall for collection.  (Mini show does not apply)

10. EXHIBITORS VIOLATING ANY OF THE ABOVE RULES WILL FORFEIT ALL CLAIMS TO PRIZES AND ANY OTHER AWARDS.

11. Any prize may be withheld or modified if the exhibits are considered by the judges to be unworthy.

12. Points will be awarded as follows: - 1st prize – 5 points, 2nd prize - 3 points, 3rd prize - 2 points, Highly commended – 1 point.  Additional points will not be awarded for special prizes.

13. The Banksian and other medals may be awarded to any exhibitor, but cups and trophies will be awarded only to paid up members of the Society.

14. Where imperial sizes are shown, the nearest metric equivalent will be accepted.

15. More than one exhibitor from the same household may exhibit from the same garden or allotment.