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A record £4,730 was raised at the Village Fete, held at Moreton House on Saturday July 9. The Produce Show also saw a good selection of entries, with some particularly colourful bunting from Caroline Annets voted best by visitors to the show tent.

Sally Dugan writes: Alcohol – in the form of Gilbert Talbot’s legendary G and Ts – has always been a key part of the Produce Show tradition. However, this year saw a new threat to our ability to stand upright: the many amber and damson-coloured bottles of nectar entered in the alcoholic fruit drink class.

Naively, when we planned the schedule, we had decided we couldn’t ask our judges to tackle this, so voted to reach a decision by consensus. We had reckoned without the enthusiasm of Brightwell-cum-Sotwell’s many home brewers…However, it’s the kind of problem we’re happy to cope with!

On offer for the first time was a new flower-arranging trophy – a silver salver kindly given by Cynthia Hurley in memory of Win Glendenning. We hope this will encourage more entries in these classes. Cynthia is pictured – along with Produce Show chairman Paul Chilton – with a selection of trophies.

This was the last show for our flower arranging and produce judges, Iris and Les Novell, who are taking a well-earned retirement. We are really grateful to them – and to all those who give so generously of their time each year.


The Swan Allotments Cup for the best-kept allotment: Chris Drewitt.

The Talbot Cup for most points in show: John Rodda

The Talbot Rose Bowl: Margaret Smith for her yellow rose, ‘Golden Wedding’.

The Win Glendenning Memorial Salver for Flower Arranging: Sally Dugan

The Joan Sheard cup, for the best under-16 entry in an adult class: Beatrice Marshall, aged 5.

Junior Trophies: Amelia Butterfield (9-12 year olds) and Isabelle Peach (5-8 year olds



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