Stedham with Iping’s annual flower show is a blooming success

Stedham Flower Show's founder member John Hills who has been exhibiting for over 20 years.Picture by Louise Adams C131038-4
Stedham Flower Show's founder member John Hills who has been exhibiting for over 20 years.Picture by Louise Adams C131038-4
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STEDHAM Memorial Hall was filled with the aroma from the chocolate brownies being tasted and the heavy scent of some superb roses when they held their annual summer show.

Stedham cooks and gardeners had also produced a magnificent display of cakes, flowers, vegetables, fruit, flower arrangements, and craft exhibits.

The occasion was Stedham with Iping Horticultural Society’s annual flower show and the judges, Mr I Aldred for fruit, vegetables and flowers and Mrs M Harvey for the cookery classes, both commented on the ‘excellent’ standard of produce exhibited and the professionalism shown with the displays.

“All exhibitors are to be congratulated for their efforts.”

After the success last 
year of the ‘people’s classic carrot cake’ where all visitors to the show were invited to taste the entries in this class, and then vote on their personal favourite, the 2013 recipe was for chocolate brownies.

“The soft crumbly texture, the choco aroma and the dark sensuous appeal of the cut pieces calling out ‘eat me’ was an absolute delight and a winning combination,” said show organiser and chairman of the society Hannah Stanley.

“There was much discussion on smoothness, soft centres, sweet crusty toppings, melt-in-your-mouth moments as the five entries were savoured, and the winning cook was Jenny Collier.”

At the prizegiving ceremony, the chairman, thanked all exhibitors for their hard work and contributions to making such a success of the village flower show.

She also thanked the horticultural society committee members for their dedicated work in setting up the show, assisting the judges during their deliberations, running the raffle, and guiding one or two novice exhibitors on where to go, and how to stage their exhibits.