Gardening boots (two), the innards of a toilet cistern and a loo roll (sealed with a Pooh Bear sticker). These were among the unusual flower arranging containers conjured up by the fertile imaginations of entrants to this year’s show.
While the rest of the classes were judged by outside professionals, this was the one chance for show-goers to turn judges. In the end, the prize went to Helen Sheard, who put her flowers in an egg carton, complete with eggs and straw. Helen’s entry won 41 votes out of a total of 125 cast by secret ballot by show visitors throughout the afternoon.
This was the first year of the show without Gilbert Talbot, but he was by no means forgotten. Steve Moll kindly manned the customary hospitality table for judges, and there were two trophies by which to remember Gilbert. New this year was the Gilbert Talbot Rose Bowl - accompanied by a gardening voucher donated by Notcutts - which was won by Mrs Whichello. The Talbot Cup, which is awarded annually for the most points in the show, went to Rosemary Greasby. (Actually, if truth be told, Rosemary was ceremoniously handed a virtual cup due to the incompetence of the Show secretary in retrieving the real thing in time from last year’s winner!)
The Joan Sheard Cup, for the best under-16 entry in an adult class, went to 7-year old Martha Glendinning for her picture of radishes in the “I grew it” photography section. Camilla Butterfield won the Junior trophy for 9-12-year olds, and Amelia Butterfield won the trophy for 5-8 year olds. The Swan Allotments Cup went to Chris Drewitt.
Our thanks as always to our regular volunteer judges - especially this year to Mrs Gill Whitten, who formerly taught at Brightwell primary school, and looked after the children’s section in the absence of Pat Owen.