At the Village Hall on the morning of Saturday 18th July, there was much activity as exhibitors deposited their beloved items for the Show. Bad weather had not inhibited the competitors, judging by the sheer size of some of them. All morning judges and their minders munched away or peered at various exhibits (I was the fortunate minder of the Shloe Gin Fudge, who, verry thoughtfully, vay, vay, vay thoughtfully indeed, in fact indeed, let me help him in raking up his mimd…). They say that dogs often resemble their owners – I guess that this may be true of some exhibits - but that is not to say that there were not other images created by, for example the giant cabbages, which looked like contented spaniels lying before a cosy fire or a comforting Aga. Breathtakingly beautiful flower arrangements, delightful craft work and a turn-out that crammed the Hall all afternoon. The tables groaned under regiments of currants, gooseberries, loganberries and cherries; swathes of potatoes, courgettes, beans and apples. The walls decked with paintings and colourful and skilful embroidery, knitting and sewing. This paragraph just cannot do justice to the success of the occasion, due almost entirely to the efforts, once again, of Sandy Adderley.
Cup Winners were:-
Mark Munro- Louis/May Brown Cup for Fruit and Vegetables
Ralph Sexton - The Bugler Cup for the best rose exhibit.
Bob Ayres- Cracroft Challenge Cup for the best flower
other than roses.
- Cookery & Home Produce Winners were:-
- Jam -
- Jelly -
- Jar of marmalade -
- Jar of Lemon Curd - Jill Harper
- Jar of chutney of pickle -
- Date and Walnut Loaf -
- Fruit cake -
- Marble Cake -
Jean Ayres/Audrey Hayward
- Iced Coffee Cake -
- Six Shortbread pieces - Maureen Cork
- Machine made loaf- Joan Allan
- Six Cheese Scones -
- Men Only Jam Swiss Roll-
- Sloe Gin- Alan Pankhurst
Open Floral Exhibits
- "Summer Lunch Arrangement" - Susan Paul
- Arrangements in a tea cup-
- Novice Jug arrangement -
- A miniature arrangement - Jean Ayres
- 3 Courgettes -
- 3 Carrots-
- 3 Beetroot -
- Broad Beans -Roger Brown
- Onions -
- Vegetables in a seed tray- Geoff Adderly
- Runner Beans-
- Cabbage on a 2" stalk-
- Rhubarb - John Bull
- Lettuce -
- Spring Onions -
Steve and Leslie Dove
- Any vegetable not named above -
- Plate of Strawberries -
- Plate of Raspberries -
- 4 Tomatoes on stalks -
Steve and Leslie Dove
- Plate of 8 Gooseberries -
- Plate of 8 strigs of Redcurrants -
- Plate of 8 strigs of Blackcurrants -
- Any exhibit of any fruit not named above -
- Pot plant (flowering) -
- Pot plant (cactus or succulent) -
- Bloom of HT rose -
- Cycle of Bloom Rose-
- 2 stems of Floribunda roses -
- 5 Pansy blooms -
- 1 Clematis bloom -
- Vase/Bowl of Sweet Peas -
- One Hydrangea Bloom-
- Vase/Bowl of perennial flowers -
- Vase/Bowl of annual/biennial flowers -
- Vase/Bowl of flowers grown from bulb, tubers etc -
- Vase/Bowl of 3 varieties of herbs-
- Hanging Basket -
- A painting in water colours-
- A painting or drawing in other mediums-Margaret Harding
- Tapestry/cross stitch/embroidery bookmark or pin cushion - Margaret Holmes
- Cross stitch picture from bought design
- Home-crafted (soft item) -
- Home-crafted (hardware item) -
- Driftwood- Ray West
- You've made it, let's see it! (Children only 5-11 years) - Toula Kanellaki
- Colour print of "Weather " - Ray West
- Colour print of "Food" -
Best Kept Allotment:
- Mark Munro
In deepest Dorset Merrie-flower-and-produce-England, I eulogised:
“What ‘Summer lunch table’ would not be enhanced?
Or entranced. What elegant Room, not appetised,
By Susan’s Pauline Ming-blue plate?”
In Pavlovian obedience I salivate,
And in the corner, green Spaniels or Bloodhounds glower,
Cauliflower ears, their heads swept o’er;
(A judge’s card says, “Only just in size”.
What? But it’s for them to philosophise.)
Near the beautiful vases that blare,
Is Ray West’s imperious Von Hagen lawyer’s stare.
Dragged from Flaubert to this twenty-first Century. Beware
His baleful Cyclops glare.
Fruitful battalions align themselves for any criticism I dare:
Gooseberry cavalry lead scarlet loganberries and a cohort of crimson currants;
Baleful, too, black black berries
Eyes Right to warm claret cherries.
Beside me, mop-head Hydras, anxious for notice
From incey onions – sightless minions - that stare away in hope
To grope ’neath the folds of Folies-frilled lettuces.
Thrusting courgettes and their yellow parachute projectile cousins.
We should have run away
This cool Summer’s day.
To the allotments,
Where real men make real Swiss Rolls
(with high ballistic potential)
For real men!
Real women are not slow to drink
Gin that’s either sloe or pink
In this show, sloe’s both pink and red
Usually it’s the blokes that brew it in the shed.
Through the Playgroup Garden Suburb
(“This butterfly can talk”)
And beyond the palm tree rhubarb
(A hundred foot pink stalk),
With the reassurance of a whispering kettle,
Or the warmth of the farmhouse Aga’s metal
(Away from the watchful eye of those verdant Spaniels),
Are Sandy Adderley’s delightful Edwardian wallpaper perennials.
Home again to Chris Clarke’s English tea cup theme
Eponymous in pink and cream.
With apologies to John Betjeman
On: Programme for 2009- 2010
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