An explosion of spring colour greeted the many visitors to the Society’s first Show of the year in St Mary’s Centre on Saturday 30th March.
Thankfully the day also proved to be spring-like and quite a change from last years’ weather when all four seasons were experienced in one day, keeping visitors in the warmth of their homes.
Not only were daffodils and other spring flowers represented but floral art, vegetables, cookery, crafts, photography and delightful children’s classes which were of particular interest to visitors.
The unenviable and difficult task of deciding the winners of not only each class but the Cups and Trophies for the various categories was the responsibility of the qualified judges and after much consideration and contemplation, the results were decided. The following are the winners of the major awards:
The Alan Twaites Memorial Trophy was won by Jackie Raynor, a new member and exhibitor, for the most outstanding exhibit in Daffodil classes.
The Daffodil Society Medal was won by David Donovan for the most outstanding exhibit in Daffodil classes. David also won the Salmon Trophy for the most points in the Cookery classes.
The Travers Trophy was won by Sandra Dean for most points in Flower classes excluding Daffodils. Sandra also won the Rossiter Cup for the most outstanding Horticultural exhibit and the Ball Trophy for the best exhibit in Floral Art.
The Patsy Foster Trophy went to Sally Barry for Best Orchid in Show.
The James Cup was won by Sue Abbot for most points in Handicrafts and also the Felpham and Middleton Horticultural Trophy for most points in Show.
Lily-Rae Stewart was presented with a Cup for most points in the Children’s classes – 7 years and under. It was disappointing that there were no entrants in the 8 – 14 years age group.
More than 150 adults and children visited the Show enjoying the visual experience of the exhibits and the unmistakable fragrance of spring.
Report by Paul Barry