The Strand was busy from 7am on Saturday morning with people dropping off their produce in readiness for judging at the annual Dawlish Flower, Produce and Craft Show. The new all colour programme certainly had caught the eye of Dawlish residents to boost an interest in exhibiting and kick off Carnival week.
Inside, with over 400 entries again this year, all 6 judges of many years experience had a difficult task choosing winners in each category but by the 1pm opening time all certificates were in place. The display tables were groaning with flowers, pot plants, vegetables, fruit, handicrafts, cookery items and photographs.
Outside the hall a stalwart bunch of volunteers were manning the Plant Sale stall, finding shelter under a gazebo hoping the rain would cease. These plants have been grown and provided by society members, along with some donated large terracotta pots.
At the entrance was a raffle and quiz, then once the public were admitted
Mayor Cllr Lisa Mayne formally opened the show. Dawlish Garden Society Chairman, June Cassidy, welcomed assembled visitors and exhibitors to the Strand Centre, explaining briefly the speakers programme and garden visits made this year by the society. In fact the photography class entries were boosted by a recent talk, which gave members encouragement to snap and shoot pictures. Everyone was hoping that their hard work had been rewarded with a prize – they would soon find out! Whilst the exhibits were admired, pianist Stephen Nash tinkled the ivories with a flower themed repertoire which was appreciated by all.
Later in the afternoon the exhibitors, their families and friends gathered for the prize giving with cups, medals and shields handed to the individual winners in all sections by the Mayor. Lisa had earlier chosen the Best in Show item – a necklace made from recycled magazine paper as it was eco friendly and very topical.
HAROLD FOSTER CUP (Fruit & Veg) Cliff Curd, SOCIETY SILVER CHALLENGE CUP (Cut Flowers) Helen Bays, LADY RAYNER TROPHY (Specimen Rose) Ann Lambert, WAIN TROPHY (Fuchsias) Eileen Lowry, LAMBSHEAD CUP (Pot Plant) Kathleen Evans, LESANNE CUP (Society Members) Jenny Lancaster, MRS LEE MEMORIAL CUP (child 8-12) Alex Stather-Hooper aged 9, CHILDRENS CUP (child 3-7) Oliver Scholfield aged 6, COOKERY ROSETTE (Child 5-12) Alex Stather-Hooper age 9, ROSEMARY SMITH CUP (Cookery) Helen Bays, THE TIMARU CUP (Photography) Jointly between Jenny Lancaster & Paul Stather-Hooper, THE LADY HOARE CUP (Handicrafts) Lynne Brown, THE HILDEGARD BROWNE MEMORIAL CUP(Handicrafts using Needles, Hooks or Shuttles) Esther Sleep, THE SUE INNOCENT ASH MEMORIAL BOWL (Embroidery/Tapestry/Cross stitch) Marion Gladwin, THE HILARY PUDNER CUP (Open Crafts) Esther Sleep, MRS J TEALL COLUMN (Floral Art) Carole Carter, THE HILDA MARCHANT MEMORIAL SHIELD (Best under 17 yrs entry in Handicrafts) Alex Stather-Hooper, JOHN REAN SHIELD (Best Cacti/Succulent) Hazel Hayday, TROPHY FOR BEST PLANT Gillian Conway (Pitcher Plant), MEDAL FOR BEST CUT FLOWER John Carne (Gladioli), MEDAL FOR BEST VEGETABLE Jackie Stent (Chilli Pepper), MEDAL FOR BEST FRUIT Cliff Curd (Plate of Fruits), TINA SMITH PRIZE £10 each, Cliff Curd (Longest Root Veg, Jackie Stent (Biggest Sunflower Head), EDWIN’S AWARD (Best exhibit in show by person with Special Needs) Victoria Price (Victoria sponge), BEST EXHIBIT IN SHOW Alex Stather-Hooper (Necklace)
The £10 quiz ‘GUESS THE WEIGHT OF THE PUMPKIN’ was won by Linda Hovland, her guess being the closest at 17lb 4oz, actual weight 17lb 5oz/7kg.
To round off a very successful event the Chairman thanked everyone for entering the show as the hall looked splendid. Also thanking the committee their partners and all volunteers for their help in producing such a marvellous show, reminding all present to support the show next year on Saturday August 10th.