The Annual Show on 16th September saw the White Hart Barn filled with displays of plants, produce and more besides. All the entries of the various classes in each section had been judged in the morning, when you could hear a pin drop, so the afternoon was open for visitors to see the results and to socialise over tea and cake (home-made of course!).
Godstone Primary School embraced the theme ‘what they did outside in the summer holidays’ for their tray displays. Rest assured today’s children are still camping, going to the seaside, even growing carrots and tomatoes. We had ten trays, one from each class plus two from the Eco Club so thanks to teacher Richard Leonard and other staff for getting involved. Year 5’s winning tray had some extra attention to detail and presentation, so some future exhibitors are amongst their number for sure.
Thanks to two local sponsors (White House Dental Practice and Knights Garden Centres) we were able to give club members the opportunity to grow-on a fuchsia plug and also to grow a potato in a bag. Sue Stone nurtured the winning fuchsia whilst Peggy Clarke’s bag yield 1.5kg of good-sized spuds. Sponsors of other classes included: William Way, Rayners Estate Agents, Godstone Village Crafts, Stonemans Funeral Service and Caterham, Oxted and Godstone Lions.
In terms of impact, the rainbow colours of dahlias ruled on the Flower bench, yet in Floral Art it was the monochrome look to Jean Goddard’s arrangement that lingers in my mind. I gave the Chairman’s award to the huge snake-like gourd from Eileen Atherley’s garden, it was almost as big as Sylvia Pocock’s wicker sheep in the Handcraft section but if the trend for each exhibit having its own table continues we’re going to need a bigger hall!
On a serious note, Show Secretary Alex Rabbetts, has drilled down into his spreadsheet to reveal the following. ‘We had 276 individual entries which is 40 more than last year and 96 more than the year before. There’s more fruit and vegetable entries than before (or at least since I’ve been keeping a record) but fewer flower entries. Preserve classes were more popular than before but cake classes less so. It was good to see a wider range of handicrafts and more photographic entries than in recent years.’
I’ll just finish by saying John Hale, winner of two awards listed below, joined us via our website so why not follow in his footsteps and contact us here.
Liz Mercer, Club Chair