Saturday 27th July was ideal fete weather – not too hot, not too sunny, just perfect.
Produce & Handicraft Show
The morning of the Big Do saw much activity in the Jubilee Hall where the Annual Flower, Vegetable, Handicraft and Cookery Show was staged. Entries arrived thick and fast prior to the Hall closing at 10.30 for the serious task of judging. They had a hard task ahead of them particularly with the Vegetable / Fruit Classes as there were some superb examples of potatoes, peas, courgettes, soft fruit, etc. After much deliberation the judge, Terry Betts, came to a decision and many of the first prizes went to Julie Long – a first time entrant – and she was also awarded the Best in Class for her plate of berries. Terry then had another challenging task in judging the flowers and foliage; in this section Jasmina Goodair won the Best in Class for her arrangement of herbaceous perennials.
Cookery and Preserves was judged by Rosemary Wilton and following a lot of cutting and tasting the Best in Class was won by June Goodair with her Treacle Tart. She was pleased with the standard of the entries but it made her job very difficult.
The Photography Section saw a huge number of entries many of them of exceptional quality which made judge Ian Watson more than once scratch his head and sigh deeply. Eventually the Best in Class was awarded to Lynda Small for her photograph “Colour Explosion”. In the Children’s Photography Section Olivia Cox won a 1st and 2nd with her “Colour Explosion” Jenna Jory a first with her Trees. Ben Jory received 1st for his “Animal made from Vegetables”
We were somewhat down on our entries in the Art Classes and we would like to see a few more in future years. Jennie Dyke, judge gave a 1st to Gill Keast for her watercolour and Len Sullivan 1st for his acrylic painting.
The Handicraft Section was also down on entries although the items that had been presented for judging by Julia Maynard were of excellent finish. Hazel Rogers won the Best in Class with her ceramic hand modelled Camellia.
The cup for overall winner once the points had all been totalled up went to Lynda Small. Remember for future years every entry receives one point so the more entries you put into the Show the more your points add up.
The afternoon commenced with the Children’s Fancy Dress Competition judged by Jennie Dyke. 1st was Eva – dressed as a “Bunch of Grapes”; 2nd May – “The Sweet Pea Fairy”; 3rd Daisy and Molly – “Ugly Sisters”. This was followed by an Obedience Display by “Dogtastic” and then the Family Dog Show judged this year by Susie Hansen from the Falkland Islands. After the various classes the rosette for overall Supreme Champion was taken by Anya with her owner Melanie Jeffery with three Highly Commended – Kynance and owner Emma Wootton; Reggie with Geoff Brown; Marley and owner Sam. The afternoon closed with the Children’s Sports and Raffle.
Many thanks to all who helped on the day: to those helped with the preparations (making the field available, providing the electric supply, erecting the tents, setting up the hall, etc. etc.), and to those who put in so much effort on the day (the cream tea sellers, the salad bar providers, BBQ cooks, tombola and raffle operatives, those organising the various stalls and games, etc. etc.) – but mainly to everyone who turned up to support us on the day. Plus, of course, a big thank you also to the Judges for giving up their time.