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Whitford Produce Summer Show 2014

Submitted by on 07/09/2014 – 7:53 pmNo Comment

IMG_4712THE SUMMER SHOW Saturday August 9th 


A few days before our Horticultural Summer Show the Met office issued imminent hurricane warnings giving everyone involved in the show a very anxious time. Fortunately we woke to another glorious day, and we enjoyed another successful Summer Show.   We were pleased to have Michael Pritchard open the show, who spoke about the delights of taking part in rural horticultural shows and their importance to village communities

Due to the exceptional weather conditions we have had this summer, entries were slightly down on last year, although we still had wonderful displays of vegetables, flowers, flower arrangements, cookery and handicraft. The exhibits of the collection of vegetables and giant onions were truly amazing to see and certainly the most photographed entries of the show!   The recently introduced entry of ‘my favourite flower’ has proved to be a very popular class and a real challenge for the judge as the theme covers any flower grown!

The children’s section continues to be outstanding and we were treated to the delights of miniature gardens, Jurassic fossils, dinosaurs and Jurassic Coast collages.

Our thanks go to retired local vet Graham Godbeer who took on the very difficult task of judging the Family Fun Dog show and sorting out winners of 10 classes ranging from fancy dress to most appealing eyes to the one he would like to take home.   We are grateful to Mary Thomas and her team for all their hard work in arranging the show.

The exhibition of steam engines and farm machinery displays was extended this year, with a shepherd hut and a variety of tractors. Throughout the afternoon cream teas, barbecues and local beers and cider were served whilst being entertained by Chard Concert Brass Band, who has played for the Summer Shows since 1981.

There are so many people who help put the show together, either by giving of their time or donating items to the stalls, that it is impossible to thank them all individually. Nevertheless the committee would like to thank them most sincerely for their support and for everyone coming along to the show to make it a really successful afternoon.

Prize winners were awarded their cups by Mr Michael Pritchard, who congratulated them on their achievements.

Maureen Davey


 Cup winners 2014

Pole Cup   – The Open Class Vegetables and flowers  –  Christopher Loud
Dr M F Bridie Cup – Members Vegetables and Flowers  -Christopher Loud
Committee Rose Bowl  – The Best Exhibit of Sweet Peas  –  Mike Norris
Earl Carter Cup – Best collection of Onions  – Christopher Loud

Fred  Wilmington Memorial Cup – Best Overall Flower Arrangement  -Angela Sansom

Arthur Bliss Cup – Best Vegetable Collection – Christopher Loud
Moore Cup – Open and Members Flower Section  – Christopher Loud

Stokoe Cup – Exhibitor gaining most prizes in Members Section and not previously won a Whitford Cup –                              Cecilia Fitzsimons

Colcombe Wood Rose Bowl  – Best Rose exhibit – Sheila Webber
Fil Loud Cup – Best Dahlia exhibit – Christopher Loud
The Jim & Phyllis Hallett 
Memorial Trophy – Best Gladioli exhibit –  John Lang

Bakers Cottage Bowl  – Young People’s Cup  – Ashley Roberts
Shute Horticultural Society Cup –  The Open Class flower arrangements  – Keith Mitcham

Shute Cup  – Cookery Section – Wendy Mitcham

Sylvia J Stunt Rose Bowl – Handicraft Section – Kerry James
The Garden Shop, £10 voucher  – Best Overall Begonia – John Lang