Burton Bradstock Village Society



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.

  • Anne Southgate- The Gordon Knight Cup for the best pot plant.
  • Susan Paul- The Flower Arranger Trophy.
  • Audrey Hayward- Knightsmith Trophy (preserves)
  • Ann Read- The Mallinson Cup for handicraft.
  • Ray West - for the Photography Cup.
  • Margaret Harding - The Millennium Trophy for the best art exhibit.
  • Mark Munro - Grove House Cup (allotments)
  • Helen Wilde-Cookery and Home Produce Trophy

    Other first prize winners were:
    Children's entries

  • Picture Children - Age four to seven- Eliza Southall
  • Picture- Children- Age 7-9- William Louden
  • Picture - Children- age 9-11- Hannah Noonan
  • Cookery & Home Produce Winners were:-
  • Jam - Audrey Hayward
  • Jelly - Joan Allan
  • Jar of marmalade - Audrey Hayward
  • Jar of Lemon Curd - Jill Harper
  • Jar of chutney of pickle - Sylvia Delves
  • Date and Walnut Loaf - Helen Wilde
  • Fruit cake - Helen Wilde
  • Marble Cake - Jean Ayres/Audrey Hayward
  • Iced Coffee Cake - Gillian Knight
  • Six Shortbread pieces - Maureen Cork
  • Machine made loaf- Joan Allan
  • Six Cheese Scones - Lesley Dove
  • Men Only Jam Swiss Roll- Alan Pankhurst
  • Sloe Gin- Alan Pankhurst

    Open Floral Exhibits

  • "Summer Lunch Arrangement" - Susan Paul
  • Arrangements in a tea cup- Joan Allan
  • Novice Jug arrangement - Patricia Neale
  • A miniature arrangement - Jean Ayres

    Open Classes

  • 3 Courgettes - Ann Maude
  • 3 Carrots- Geoff Alderley
  • 3 Beetroot - Shirley Gilbert
  • Broad Beans -Roger Brown
  • Potatoes- Jill Wotherspoon
  • Onions - Mark Munro
  • Peas- Mark Munro
  • Vegetables in a seed tray- Geoff Adderly
  • Runner Beans-
  • Cabbage on a 2" stalk- Jean Ayres
  • Rhubarb - John Bull
  • Lettuce - Shirley Gilbert
  • Spring Onions - Steve and Leslie Dove
  • Any vegetable not named above - Jill Wotherspoon
  • Plate of Strawberries - Bob Ayres
  • Plate of Raspberries - Richard Seebohm
  • 4 Tomatoes on stalks - Steve and Leslie Dove
  • Plate of 8 Gooseberries - Shirley Gilbert
  • Plate of 8 strigs of Redcurrants - Richard Seebohm
  • Plate of 8 strigs of Blackcurrants - Richard Seebohm
  • Any exhibit of any fruit not named above - Richard Seebohm
  • Pot plant (flowering) - Anne Rees
  • Pot plant (cactus or succulent) - Ann Southgate
  • Bloom of HT rose - Ralph Sexton
  • Cycle of Bloom Rose- Ralph Sexton
  • 2 stems of Floribunda roses - Ralph Sexton
  • 5 Pansy blooms - Jean Sexton
  • 1 Clematis bloom - Maureen Cork
  • Vase/Bowl of Sweet Peas - Bob Ayres
  • One Hydrangea Bloom- Anne Southgate
  • Vase/Bowl of perennial flowers - Sandy Adderly
  • Vase/Bowl of annual/biennial flowers - Sandy Adderly
  • Vase/Bowl of flowers grown from bulb, tubers etc - Bob Ayres
  • Vase/Bowl of 3 varieties of herbs- Jean Ayres
  • Hanging Basket - Shirley Parker
  • Handicrafts:
  • A painting in water colours- Patricia Neale
  • 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 - Joan Allan
  • Home-crafted (soft item) - Ann Read
  • Home-crafted (hardware item) - Patricia Weale
  • 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" - Jill Spinney

    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


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