Visitors to Crewkerne Flower, Produce and Handicraft Show remarked on the wonderful colourful displays and quality of the entries. The annual show is organised by Crewkerne Gardening Club who are affiliated to the Royal Horticultural Society. This year’s event was held once again at the Henhayes Community Centre in their main exhibition/conference room. In a change from previous years, the show began in the morning instead of the afternoon, to take full advantage of the increased footfall from shoppers in the town on a Saturday morning.

Over 60 different classes received entries ranging from floral arrangements, flowers, vegetables, homecrafts, handicrafts and photography. Prize cards were awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed in each separate class. The prize winning entries in the different classes with the points awarded were added up to declare the winners of the prestigious trophies and cups.

This year’s winner of the RHS Banksian Medal, for the highest number of points in the horticultural classes 6-44 was David Long. The Millennium Cup, for most points in classes 1-5 of floral arrangements was presented to Jean Fairhall. The Rose Bowl, for most points in the flower classes 6-22 was presented to Michael Vickery. Michael Vickery also received the Challenge Cup for the vegetable classes 23-44 and the Victor Axe Memorial Trophy for the member of Crewkerne Gardening Club with the most points in the flower and vegetable clases 6-44. Nora Rayner was awarded the Silver Salver Shield for most points in the homecraft classes 45-55.

In the handicraft classes 56-61, which included needlework, tapestry, cross-stitch and embroidery (not from a kit), knitting, crochet, woodwork, jewellery and a pop-up card, there were three joint winners. Doug Reeve, Jean Fairhall and Catherine Bacon, share the Day Centre Bowl. Mac Everett was presented with the Small Cup for most points in photography classes 62-65. a small Challenge Cup for best horticultural exhibit was presented to W Bennett. A Cup for the child with the most points in the show was awarded to Isabelle York and the Trophy in memory of Phil Lumbard, for most entries in the horticultural classes presented to Tim Udall.

All the cups, trophies, shield and medal are awarded for a period of one year and must be returned to Crewkerne Gardening Club in time for next year’s flower, produce and handicraft show. The club meets on the second Thursday of every month, excluding August and group outings, at 7.30 pm in the Henhayes Community Centre. New members are always welcome. Please contact club secretary Rosemary Prince on 01460 74290 if you are thinking of joining them.


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