WITH a bright and friendly atmosphere, this year’s Fittleworth Horticultural Show saw more than 250 entries with a stunning display of spring flowers, shrubs and pot plants.
Cookery was well supported and handicrafts included some beautiful exhibits ranging from needlework to paintings and furniture, showing tremendous skills and enthusiasm by the entrants.
Floral art arrangements using old footwear, as well as homemade pizzas, were features of the ‘men only’ classes, causing much discussion and laughter.
It was particularly pleasing that juniors, Beavers and Scouts participated in the show.
The Beavers exhibited a great variety of brightly-decorated eggs.
The afternoon was busy with a Grand National sweepstake, teas and a raffle organised by Lyndsay Jacobs with a selection of prizes.
Chairman Wade Houlden took a few moments to tell the show about the recent death of Veronica Smith who was a major part of the horticultural Society.
She had been a dedicated member of the committee for many years. Veronica was not only a wonderful person but a knowledgeable and very talented participant who will be greatly missed.
Winners included: the Lenton Perpetual Challenge Cup for best collection of narcissi/daffodils awarded to Mrs C Portus; the O’Shaugnessy PCC for best exhibit of shrubs/trees won by Margaret Welfare, while the Manvilles Field Family Cup for best camellias went to Mrs C Portus.
Other results include: Handicrafts: tapestry or needlepoint on canvas: 1 Lee Miell; dressmaking: 1 Brenda Tilbury, 2 Viv Benham, 3 Liz Nicholson; hard materials: 1 David Connell, 2 Brenda Tilbury, 3 Eve Cleeve; watercolours: 1 Clare Jackman, 2 Pauline Gilpin, 3 Anne Waters; painting: 1 Penny Boam, 2 Quentin Gilpin, 3 Brenda Tilbury.
Photography: photos of my holiday: 1 Louise Saunders, 2 Bridget Connell, 3 Christine Parker; photo of city life: 1 Louise Saunders, 2 Mark Saunders, 3 Wade Houlden; photo of country life: 1 Mark Saunders, 2 Bridget Connell, 3 Louise Saunders; photo featuring wind: 1 Mark Saunders; photograph on ‘Morning has broken’: 1 Mark Saunders, 2 Wade Houlden, 3 Bridget Connell.
Junior Classes, nine to under 14 years: A dream catcher: 1 Charlie Sperring, 2 Sophie Sperring; three chocolate brownies: 1 Sophie Sperring, 2 Charlie Sperring; under six years; A ‘vegetable’ animal: 1 Patrick Sethi, 2 Gabby Tanner, 3 Zach Tanner; three rice crispy cakes: 1 Patrick Sethi, 2 Gabby Tanner, 3 Zach Tanner; Beavers, A decorated egg: 1 Arran Sibbald, 2 Daniel Burman, 3 Thomas Hallanbury; Scouts, A spring collage: 2 Ben Nicholson.
Flowers: Four varieties of narcissi/daffodils: 1 C Portus, 2 Eve Cleeve, 3 Tony Boam; three double narcissi/daffodils: 1 Carole Burne, 2 Tony Boam, 3 C Portus; three trumpet narcissi/daffodils: 1 C Portus, 2 Tony Boam, 3 Eve Cleeve; three stems multi-headed narcissi-daffodils: 1 Sally Tanner, 2 Beth Houlden, 3 Vanessa Mackenzie; three daffodils, different varieties: 1 Tony Boam, 2 C Portus, 3 Anne Waters; three miniature narcissi/daffodils: 1 Eve Cleeve, 2 Louise Elliott, 3 Sylvia Watkins; three tulips: 1 C Portus, 2 Vanessa Mackenzie, 3 Guy Watkins; one specimen tulip: 1 Tony Boam, 2 Eve Cleeve, 3 Vanessa Mackenzie; three tulips (different): 1 Eve Cleeve, 2 Vanessa Mackenzie, 3 C Portus; another variety of spring bulb: 1 Vanessa Mackenzie, 2 Christine Parker, Beth Houlden; three primula stems: 1 Eve Cleeve, 2 Vanessa Mackenzie, 3 Clare Jackman; five pansy/viola blooms: 1 Eve Cleeve, 2 C Portus; three varieties hardy spring flowers: 1 C Portus, 2 Eve Cleeve, 3 Sally Tanner, single or group of potted cacti: 1 Edward Braham, other type succulent in pot: 1 Brenda Tilbury, 2 Edward Braham, one foliage plant in pot: 1 Sylvia Watkins, one flowering pot plant: 1 Louise Elliott, 2 Anne Waters, 3 Brenda Tilbury; bowl of flowering bulbs/corms: 1 Beth Houlden; one pot of orchids: 1 Bridget Connell, 2 Brenda Tilbury, 3 Liz Nicholson; container with mixed planting for effect: 1 Louise Elliott; two foliage plant stems: 1 Edward Braham, 2 C Portus, 3 Julie Stenning; three sprigs of flowering heather: 1 Sally Tanner, two sprays flowering shrub: 1 Louise Elliott, 2 C Portus, 3 Julie Stenning; one spray azalea/rhododendron: 1 Margaret Welfare, 2 Edward Braham, 3 Sally Tanner; one spray of flowering tree: 1 Sylvia Watkins, 2 C Portus, 3 Sally Tanner; one spray of camellia: 1 Eve Cleeve, 2 Edward Braham, 3 C Portus; single camellia bloom: 1 C Portus, 2 Carole Burne, 3 Clare Pettman.
Vegetables: rhubarb: 1 Bridget Connell, 2 Norman Sperring; container of three herb varieties: 1 Edward Braham, 2 Christine Parker.
Floral art: arrangement inspired by a book title: 1 Brenda Tilbury, 2 Louise Elliott, 3 Hazel Stone; table centre ‘spring’ arrangement: 1 Brenda Tilbury, 2 Louise Elliott; petite exhibit in a tea light holder: 1 Brenda Tilbury, 2 Lindsay Jacobs, 3 Lindsay Brooks; men only spring flowers in any footwear item: 1 Mark Saunders, 2 Wade Houlden, 3 Kevin Mackenzie.
Cookery: brioches: 1 Carole Burne, 2 Joyce Sperring, 3 Sally Tanner; iced coffee walnut cake: 1 Lindsay Jacobs, 2 Vanessa Mackenzie, 3 Sally Tanner; lemon meringue pie: 1 Sally Tanner, 2 Joyce Sperring; orange marmalade: 1 Viv Benham, 2 Christine Parker, 3 Eve Cleeve, Rupert Burne and Bridget Connell; farmhouse pate: 1 Lindsay Jacobs, 2 Sally Tanner; homemade wine: 1 Nigel Selby, 2 Christine Selby; men only: pizza: 1 Wade Houlden, 2 Richard Nicholls, 3 Tony Pettman.