2nd April 2016 – Spring Show

There was no doubt that Spring had sprung at our Show on Saturday when twenty seven exhibitors displayed 180 exhibits.

There were entries in all nine Daffodil classes and visitors commented on the scent that greeted them!  Ann Achow deservedly won the Society’s Cup for most points and the Robert Gorham Cup for the best exhibit in these classes.

Other spring flowers, shrubs and house plants were shown by both experienced exhibitors and new members. It was particularly good to see new members achieving top placings. The Martin Cup for most points went to Lindy Bates and she also won the Howard Smith Cup for her arrangement of hellebores.

The Cookery section saw more entries than it has had for a while. There were seven different winners amongst the classes but Jan Page scored the highest points and retained the Durrant Cup. This year, the Society has introduced two celebrity recipes: this time Dr Tamal Rey’s Honey and Cardamon Friands and Jamie Oliver’s Winter Pasta Salad.

New exhibitors also featured in the Floral Art classes and Jane Wells won the Pat Billington Cup for her Decorated Parcel. Lindy Bates took the Society’s Rose Bowl for her ‘Drifting Daffodils’.

It was very pleasing to see children entering decorated eggs and arrangements of Spring Flowers. It was a hard task for the judge to select the winners when so much ingenuity had gone into transforming eggs into chicks, a shark, scuba diver, rabbit and human mother figure! Eventually, in the 8 – 11 group, Jess Wilton won the Fisher Cup for her egg painted with a spring scene and Orson Hatch Barnes won the Children’s Spring Cup in the younger group for his two first places.

Thanks must go to all the committee for their hard work preparing for and running the show. Our judges, Caroline Miller, Sally Sturke and William Hurton, and our Prize Giver, Sylvia Elsey also deserve thanks.  As always, members of the society also helped out with clearing up and washing up – it is much appreciated and helps create such a good community spirit.

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