Rogate Fete and Flower show is a blooming success

C121016-1 Mid Rogflowers  phot kate Fred Fosberry, with some of the flowers on display at the flower show at Rogate fete.C121016-1

C121016-1 Mid Rogflowers phot kate Fred Fosberry, with some of the flowers on display at the flower show at Rogate fete.C121016-1

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The Rogate Fete and Flower Show held last Saturday (August 4) attracted crowds from all over the area.

Despite competition from the Olympics, attendance was strong with more than 600 people turning out to support the event.

C121016-8 Mid Rogflowers  phot kate Simon Boyd Wallace, Peter Button and Sean Sprakling as the human fruit machines.C121016-8

C121016-8 Mid Rogflowers phot kate Simon Boyd Wallace, Peter Button and Sean Sprakling as the human fruit machines.C121016-8

It raised around £4,500 for Rogate’s Village Hall and recreational facilities.

Brian Allison, chairman of the village hall committee, said: “Rogate fete always provides a great afternoon for the whole family and Saturday was no exception.

“It is marvellous how many in the village give their time to make sure everyone enjoys themselves. The funds raised make a huge difference to the village hall and the support is hugely appreciated.”

Visitors enjoyed a variety of activities, from pony rides to a Punch and Judy show, to working steam engines and a model railway.

C121016-7 Mid Rogflowers  phot kate A busy flower stall at Rogate fete.C121016-7

C121016-7 Mid Rogflowers phot kate A busy flower stall at Rogate fete.C121016-7

Other highlights included a display of classic cars from the LL club and a fire engine from the West Sussex Fire and Rescue Service.

The flower show saw entrants defy the weather to put on a strong display of fruit, vegetables and flowers, with other classes including flower arrangements, photography and cooking.

A variety of stalls including bric-a-brac, craft stalls and charities, including Diabetes UK, the Sussex Gardens Trust and World Horse Welfare were also present at the show.

The prize winners were: The Munday & Sons Silver Challenge Cup: vegetable and fruit classes, Bob Riding; 1947 Silver Challenge Cup: runner-up in vegetable and fruit classes, Tom Madeley; The Challenge Cup: flower classes, Bob Riding; 1954 Village Silver Challenge Cup: flower classes runner-up, Malcolm Hutchings; The Ladies Silver Challenge Cup: domestic classes, Linda Mayward; The Robinson Challenge Tankard: runner-up in domestic classes, Rosemary Andrews; The 1969 Challenge Cup: flower arranging classes, Ann Arnold and Anne Rayner; The New Cup: photographic classes, Judi Lion; A Tankard: runner-up in photographic classes, Debbie Pattinson; The Children’s Challenge Cup: children’s classes, Alice Hewett; Verschoyle Cup: child from Rogate School with the highest total points, Alice Welch; Queen Elizabeth II Silver Jubilee Cup: handicrafts class, Anne Buckler; Wake Walker Cup: best family effort at Rogate Fete, The Wakeland Family.

Other activities included chuck-an-egg, a coconut shy, shooting gallery, shoot-a-goal fairground and children’s races.