Children steal the show at Lodsworth

Children stole the show at the Lodsworth and District Garden Club
Children stole the show at the Lodsworth and District Garden Club

THE showstopper at the Lodsworth and District Flower and Produce Show was the children’s section.

The standard at the Lodsworth and District Garden Club’s 55th annual show last Sunday was exceptionally high, giving the judges a difficult task to select winners among the ugly vegetable monsters, attractively decorated biscuits and beautiful pasta flowers.

Sue Buckingham, chairman and show secretary, said: “So many children had been inspired to produce imaginative and clever entries.

“All the children received well-deserved rewards for their creative efforts – rosettes, lollipops and a bit of pocket money for the winners.”

Scarlet Smithers, seven, won the Williamson Cup for her exquisitely decorated and intricately-coloured biscuits, and newcomer Lily Mitchell, eight, won the Sellar Trophy for most points overall.

The adults put on a pretty good show, too.

Sue said: “The village hall was a pleasure to behold – beautiful flowers, toothsome vegetables, mouthwatering cakes and wonderful photographs.

“Almost every trophy was won by a different member of the garden club.”

Peter Corbett, new to the village, was the only member to bag two awards – the Lady Nathan Trophy for his vegetable collection and the highly-coveted Banksian Medal for most points in flowers, fruit and vegetables.

Other adult winners were:

Brecknock Cup for floral arrangements, Libby Milling. Crosbie Cup for flowers and fruit, Jill Halfhide. George Baldwin Cup for photography, Liz Smillie. Gordon Cup for vegetables, Vera Baker. Silver Jubilee Plate, most points in all adult sections, Mary Daubeny. Thorp Trophy for culinary skills, Caroline Fortune.

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