The number of visitors recorded at this year’s Crewkerne Flower Show was up on previous years. The annual event, organised by Crewkerne Gardening Club and held at Henhayes Centre, showcases the best flowers, vegetables and fruit grown in the local area by keen gardeners with entry classes also for homecrafts, handicrafts, photography and free entry for children under 12 years of age exhibiting in four special classes for youngsters. The show’s judges award prize cards for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places with three points for a first, two points for a second and one point for a third. The number of entries were slightly down this year on previous years and there were no exhibits by children.

The RHS Banksian Medal, awarded to the person with the highest number of points in horticultural classes 6 – 44, who has not won the award in the three previous years, was presented to Barbara Everett. The Millennium Cup for most points in classes 1 – 5 (flower arranging) was won by Mary Fowler. The Rose Bowl for most points in classes 6 – 22 was presented to Barbara Everett, the Challenge Cup for most points in classes 23 – 44 (fruit and vegetables) was awarded to Michael Vickery. Norah Rayner was presented with the Silver Salver for most points in classes 45 – 55 (home-baking) and the Day Centre Bowl for most points in classes 56 -61 (handicraft) awarded to Doug Reeve. A Cup for most points in Photography classes 62 -65 was presented to Betty Spanswick and a small Challenge Cup presented to Michael Vickery for the best horticultural exhibit in the show.

The Victor Axe Memorial Trophy for a member of Crewkerne Gardening Club awarded the most points in classes 6 – 44 (flowers, vegetables and fruit) was presented to Michael Vickery and the Phil Lumbard Trophy for Club member and winner of the largest Class with the most entries was awarded to Norah Rayner. Crewkerne Gardening Club Secretary Rosemary Prince said: “The show entries were down a little on previous years, due to a variety of reasons including ill health of some of our members and I’m sure the weather must have had an impact, but all the entries we had were excellent. Visitor numbers were up which is always good as people who had not shown look at the entries and hopefully consider entering themselves next year. Unfortunately we had no entries from children this year, probably due to school and family holidays.”

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