Standards were higher than ever when Easebourne Garden and Allotment Society held its annual produce show at Cowdray Hall.
And commenting on the quality of exhibits, society chairman John Humphris thanked everyone who had brought along their vegetables, flowers, floral arrangements, baked goods and preserves.
There were 150 entries this year and 21 members won prizes. Many villagers joined them to look at the exhibits and enjoy tea and home-made cakes in the hall.
It was a special afternoon for John Etherington who not only won the Harry Etherington cup for the ‘best collection of vegetables’, but also took away the Dave Gibbs trophy for the best individual entry in vegetables, as well as the RHS Banksian Medal for the most points in the horticultural classes.
Several children entered the two children’s categories and each child won a prize for their entries. Brothers James and Alexander Boccanfuso, ages six and nine, and William Rea, age eight, each created a wonderful miniature garden in a tray. Milla Wallis-Hughes, ten, won first prize for her whimsical ‘Spineosaurus’ made with garden vegetables.
Charlotte Tedd, ten, and Isaac Rea, five, also won prizes for their imaginary creatures.
After the prize-giving ceremony, society member Caroline Nelson praised chairman John Humphris for all his hard work and dedication to the society: “in this tumultuous world, we all get so much pleasure from our gardens and allotments, and from their produce.”
New members are welcome and should contact secretary Tina Litchfield on 01730 816542 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Results: Trophies and prizes: Gayford Cup for the most points in the Vegetable Classes: Ron Wakeford; Lilian Etherington Cup for dahlias: Malcolm Hutchings; Harry Etherignton Memorial Cup for the best collection of vegetables: John Etherington; Harral Cup for the most points in fruit, flowers and cakes: Jill Halfhide; Jock Ledingham Trophy for best in show: Jill Halfhide for her floral arrangement for the Queen’s 90 th birthday; Dave Gibbs Trophy for the best individual entry in vegetables: John Etherington for his vegetable collection; RHS Banksian Medal for the most points in the horticultural classes: John Etherington; Fiona Gowar prize for most points in baked goods and preserves: Ian Haggis
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