New Chairman Footnote – Frank Fraser
It was an honour to be asked as chairman for the Society and succeeding my friend John Wallace as chairman. If I can accomplish half of what John has done for the Society over the past few years then I will judge that as a success.
John was instrumental in finding the Society an affordable permanent home at Dundee that has given the dahlia a higher profile than in previous locations.
It is fair to say that he pulled the Society together with his organisation skills and an open door policy to include everyone to do a bit in the successful running of the show.
I thank John for all he has done for the Society over the years and I wish him good health in the future and I know I can ask for advice from John at any time.
Finally I will be taking an similar approach to John’s style of chairmanship with the aim of maintaining the Scottish as being one of the top dahlia and chrysanthemum shows in the United Kingdom.
I wish you all well in the growing season this year.
Return of an Old Trophy to the Society
Earlier this year Mr. Donald Baxter from Newarthill was clearing out his loft, when he came across an old trophy. The trophy was inscribed:-
‘Presented to the S.N.C. & D. Society by Andrew M. Bryce ESQ, Hon. President, for 12 vases Disbudded Chrysanthemums’
The Society was formed in 1932 and the first winner in 1934 was a Mr. John Beattie from Bothwell.
Thereafter in 1935 & 1936 the Trophy was won by a Mr. Donald Fergusson from Newarthill.
The trophy is also engraved ‘Finally won by Donald Fergusson 1937’
In those days if it was won in three consecutive years by the same person, they were presented with and allowed to keep the trophy.
Donald Fergusson was the grand-father of Donald Baxter.
Mr. Baxter made contact with the Society and has kindly offered to return the trophy. He had a plaque attached to the trophy which reads:
‘Returned to the S.N.C. & D. Society in June 2017 by the family of Donald Fergusson’
He also commissioned a presentation box lined with blue silk.
The Society is indebted to the family of Donald Fergusson for their kind and thoughtful gesture.
Donald Baxter has prepared a brief history of his grand-father and his achievements.
SCOTLAND BEAT ENGLAND
At the recent Northern Conferance the Scottish Dahlia Team beat the English Team in a Dahlia Quiz.
This year's SNC&DS Schedule has been uploaded on the Annual Show info page.
Details of the date of the AGM is available on the Key Dates page.
The results section has now been updated for the 2017 National Show.