IT WAS that time of year when green-fingered gardeners gathered to pit their wits against each other in the annual battle of the brainboxes at Fernhurst.
The horticultural society held its sixth annual quiz with a dozen teams filling the village hall and being challenged with a testing set of questions across a wide range of topics.
The Lawn Rangers again mowed their way through their opposition
But the evening started on a much more light hearted note with a party, and filling the village hall were various teams who had chosen appropriate horticultural names for the evening such as Fallow Ground, Big Weeds, Busy Bees, Rosemary’s Roses, Choice Blooms and the Lawn Rangers.
The Lawn Rangers started the evening favourites for the night, having won the competition last year.
This year team members again mowed their way through their opposition and were the winners for the second year running, but only by a very small margin.
The Lawn Rangers team was made up of horticultural society members John Dell, Maureen Timms, Simon Dickinson, Anne Withall, Les Colcutt. Christine Maynard. Pauline Colcutt and Marion Dell.
They were the only team to score full marks on their chosen joker round which was a set of questions under the title ‘queens’ and they doubled their points for the round.
Other categories included 3-2-1-; East is East; Mary Berry, Fly Past, This Year, Who dunnit and Gardening, but the questions, set and asked by Judith Turner, were only very loosely connected with their category.
The main course was professionally provided but each table captain provided their own pudding, and an element of competition arose there too.
A raffle also helped swell funds.
The next event is the spring show on April 9 in the village hall.
The show is open for viewing from 8.15pm,
Classes are wide and varied, with two new ones for children. Under-eight-year-olds are invited to bring an arrangement of spring flowers, home-grown or otherwise, in anything from a jamjar to an eggshell. Those aged nine and over are invited to bring three muffins, any recipe, plain or decorated.
Children do not need to be members but must bring entries along between 6pm-7pm.