August 22, 2016:
Susan Gill, wrote:-I think we can safely say that this was another very successful show! Opened by Denis Bater, the flowers, fruit and veg filled the tables to overflowing and it was very encouraging to see such a good turnout in the children's classes where, in a close contest, Lily Bater won the cup for most points overall while Charlotte Baulch's exquisite 'garden in a seed tray' won best exhibit by a child.
Cups were awarded as follows: Flowers - Les Cole, Fruit - Pat Canham, Vegetables - Les Cole, Cookery - Netty Holwill, who also won the Entwhistle cup for best pasty, Floral Arrangements - Monica Jones, Photography - Christine Knights. The novelty class for most tomatoes on a truss was won by Sandra and Michael Moore, while the Paul Stafford memorial cup was presented by his widow, Christina, to Shirley Dilling for best dahlia exhibit. Top Tray winners were: 1st and 2nd Les Cole, third Roger Gill while Jenny Pitt won Top Vase with Audrey Reynolds second and Les Cole third. It will come as no surprise to you to learn that the Autumn Challenge Cup for most points in flowers, fruit and veg, and first winner of the RHS Banksian medal, was Les Cole. I am in awe of people who can arrange flowers and the standard of this year's entries was exceptional, so much so that Monica Jones' stunning 'arrangement from your garden' won Best in Show!
The Garden Club would also like to thank Rise and Shine for their very generous donation of the rosettes that adorned the prize winning entries this year.
So very well done, not only to the cup winners but to all exhibitors who contributed to making this event one of the real community highlights of the Hatherleigh calendar. Thank you to them and to all the members who turn out to help set up, dismantle and provide and serve delicious refreshments. It's a long and tiring day but hopefully we'll have recovered enough to do it all again next year!!!