spell of warm weather in March followed by low temperatures just before
the show put paid to many possible exhibits but we still had 353 entries,
with some new exhibitors too. The KEH always looks great when full for
a show but the sea of yellows in the spring is amazing. The flower judge
commented on the high quality of the exhibits in general. He said that
the quality was getting better each year. Richard Hilson, Jim Stockwell
and Tim Richardson shared most of the ‘Firsts’ in the daffodil
categories but there were plenty of other spring flowers. Ann Higgins
won the Special Spring Show 2012 Daffodil class for a stem of ‘Rosemoor
Gold’. Josie Hughes’ 3 tulips were judged best exhibit in
the flower classes. Flo Whittaker’s pot packed with purple hyacinths
was also a well-deserved best in show. A new category of ‘Mother
and Child’ (two pot plants, one of which has been grown from a
cutting of the other) only attracted two entries this year but Jim Stockwell’s
towering prostanthera, with its similarly flowering ‘child’,
was spectacular. Vegetables are always in short supply at this time
of year but Tim Richardson managed to find enough to win the Jeeves
cup, with 2 splendid leeks as best vegetable exhibit. There were 4 trugs
of mixed produce on display (a Spring Show record?). Clare Wilson’s
was judged the best.
Flower arrangements celebrating the Diamond Jubilee greeted visitors
as they entered the hall. It was encouraging to see an increase in entries
for floral art, with newcomer Julie Hewitt’s interpretation of
‘Spring is Sprung’ complete with springs attracting a lot
of attention, as did the bold red and black of her ‘Flamenco Dancer’.
Fewer entries than usual for the annual photography section but Jocasta
Fearn’s delightful photo of a child feeding turkeys contributed
to the award to her of the Photographic cup. The handicraft sections
provided mother and daughter Firsts for Pat Whetstone and Debbie Anscombe
with a knitted jacket and a patchwork bag respectively.
As befits a village show there were plenty of delicious-looking entries
for the cookery classes, with 14 Victoria sponges – another record?
The aroma of the bread entries was gorgeous, Margaret Carter’s
loaf being best cookery exhibit. Still little challenge Tom Hughes’s
supremacy in the wine and liqueur classes! Children’s classes
are attracting more entries and their scarecrows hanging at the front
of the hall caused much amusement. David Adams – with a plate
of decorated Easter biscuits – was the first to win the new Junior
cup for a junior not winning a first prize in this or a previous show.
Emily Sutlow managed 3 first prizes while Cerys Fruin’s photograph
of a winter scene was superb.
All the exhibitors are to be congratulated on the high quality of their
entries and the effort that went into them. But it wouldn’t be
a Show without the visitors either – so everyone’s a winner!
of all the cup and award winners is below.