Summer Show Report 2016
Saturday 13th August 2016
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The Society’s annual Summer Flower Show was once again a resounding success, thanks to the many members and friends who assisted. The complex task of assembling and organising the tables and stands was completed within two hours on Friday evening. Soon after ten am on Saturday, Meavy Parish Hall was awash with colour as members staged their exhibits. From one pm the general public were welcomed by Michael Ashton, for only £1-00 per adult, to examine the exhibits and make their individual choice of the best in each class, these votes being collated by Michael Parle with his laptop to identify the three considered best.
During the afternoon Sylvia Gokhale and her helpers were busy serving teas and cakes, Janet Moore and Marion Hall ran the raffle, while outside Joice Reith and David Carter sold local plants. The smooth running was the work of Show Secretary, David Winter, and Society Chairman Annie Inman.
At 167 the number of exhibits was well up, all classes having at least three entries, while the preponderance of shrubberies in local gardens resulted in 21 entries for Class 8 Flowering plant stems, while class 2 for stems of Shrub or Tree had 14.
Two special classes were new this year. Class 17 for “an arrangement of garden flowers incorporating a beer bottle”, sponsored for a special prize by the Royal Oak Inn, was won by Lis Mawhinney. Class 18 “A miniature garden in a container” for children of 15 years or less, had three highly imaginative entries. The prize went to Elsa Sweeting for her delightful use of coloured sweets.
To encourage members to enter many exhibits, a system of allocating points to the first three exhibitors in each class is used for The Gordon Cross Trophy, in memory of a past President. This year the overall show winner was Sonja Cheadle with no less than 4 firsts, while Brenda Burt and Kay Moore were close behind.
With over 100 visitors the cash takings were close to record levels in all areas and we were most pleased to find new members among the exhibitors and the winners. After the raffle draw, the trophies were graciously presented by Rev. John Weir, the Guest of Honour for the afternoon. Once the winners’ photo had been recorded, many helpers soon had the hall cleared and looking pristine again. Overall a very happy day was enjoyed by all.