Stan is a winner at Yapton show

PREVIOUS winner Stan Crouch lived up to his past triumphs by clinching the cup for the best roses at Yapton Cottage Gardeners’ Society’s early summer show.

Stan again took the Godfrey Challenge Cup for the best blooms.

Jeff Haine gained the Hawthorn Trophy for his sweet pea prizes but it was close rival Terry Booker who staged the best vase for the National Sweet Pea Society bronze medal.

Anne Adams was presented with the Bill Payne Memorial Trophy for her successes in the cactus and succulent classes.

The Junior Flower Show Cup was shared by five year olds Cerys Hier and Lacklann Grimwood with equal points in the children’s section with four entries each.

Last Saturday’s show brought the colours and scents of the garden into Yapton Village Hall.

As well as the traditional roses and sweet peas, there were herbaceous border blooms, shrubs in flower, foliage and flowering pot plants, several classes for vegetables and soft fruits with lettuces, cabbages, strawberries and raspberries.

The horticultural element was complemented by flower arranging with some fine creations on display. The schedule also contained cookery and preserves. Fine photography entries were shown in all classes. The younger element was represented by four exhibitors.

Support for the event with 230 entries submitted by 33 exhibitors closely matched that of last year.

First prize winners were: Stan Crouch, Louisa Gasnier, Elaine Cordingley, Anne Hollis, Jeff Haine, Terry Booker, Eva Pendreich, Barry Bezants, Diane Booker, Kath Hemsley, Mary Carmel Pardi, Debbie Lawrence, David Donovan, Anne Adams, Malcolm Paradine, Graham Coomber, Roy Phillips, Joan Jackson, Alan Thew, Sylvia Ebben, Certys Hier, Lacklann Grimwood, Dennison Grimwood, Eleonore Grimwood.