COLOURFUL entries to a Yapton flower show brightened up a dull day.
The Yapton Cottage Gardeners’ Society’s autumn show was well supported.
There were some 267 entries submitted by the 41 who took part.
It was a flower show in the strict sense with a fine display of dahlias covering the recognised exhibition categories, providing a bright contrast to the sometimes dull weather during the day.
In support, there were high quality chrysanthemums, fuchsias, roses and other flowering garden plants, plus various pot plants including a huge coleus which was left as an item to be sold for funds.
The vegetable entries were also diverse, as well as tomatoes and onions, the any other vegetable class allowed for the staging of squashes against French beans and Swiss chard.
The fruit selection contained the usual classes for apples and pears, but had quinces and walnuts entered into the miscellaneous class.
The novelty section included giant pumpkins and heavy potatoes with the runner bean race stretching across the stage.
The non-horticultural schedule began with a well-supported set of classes for cookery and preserves, continued with flower arranging, photography plus a miscellany of handicrafts and children’s entries.
The competitive side of the flower show was complemented by some income-raising activities.
The foyer captured the attention of the 90-plus visitors with a bottle tombola, while in the hall there were stalls for the sale of hardy plans, cakes, perseveres, cards, jewellery, raffle and even a guess the name of the tiger competition.
The presentation of the awards marked the end of the event and for several of the trophies it was all-change from the outgoing holder to the current one, with the society’s chairman Roy Philips officiating.
First to be rewarded was Hampshire-based Barry Moore, who took the Edith Godfrey Trophy for most prizes on the day.
The Village Criers Trophy for the highest points total in the horticultural classes at the four shows during the year went to Barry Bezants together with the Joan Waddington Memorial Vase for prizes in the fuchsia classes.
Kent Kressner retained the Peter Crouch Memorial Cup for successes in the chrysanthemum classes while the silver and bronze medals of the National Dahlia Society were awarded to Eric Norrell and Alan Humphrey respectively.
The best vegetable exhibit, a well-matched pair of savoy cabbages gave Malcolm Paradine the Deegan Shield.
The non-horticultural awards began with the presentation of the W.R. Trophy to Joan Jackson for her prizes in flower arranging over the four shows.
The show’s secretary David Donovan won the Neil Baxter Memorial Trophy for cookery and handicrafts.
Eva Pendreich retained the Photography Championship Vase as did Judy Barratt with the Ford Wine Circle Challenge Shield.
The last of the awards went to the youngsters. The Junior Autumn Cup was shared by 11-year-old Dennison Grimwood and brother Lacklann Grimwood, 6, for equal points on the day.
The Junior Village Criers Cup went to Cerys Hier aged six.
After the winter break, the new season of friendly competition beings with the spring flower show with its promise of vases of daffodils and primroses on March 21 again in Yapton and Ford Village Hall.