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All saints summer show- Updated August 23rd 2015

The Farringdon Horticultural Society Summer Show, held on the 8th August, was forced to move to a different venue this year following the completion of the sale of Massey's Folly.

By kind permission of the Rev. Tony Pears, the 2015 show was held in All Saints Church.

Despite the enforced amendments to the schedule, the move proved popular with exhibitors, with a healthy entry in all classes.



The Church began to fill with entrants checking on their exhibits to see how they had fared in the judging process and the 'Biz' photographer was soon joined by rival paparazzi recording the scene for posterity from various vantage points.



The cookery classes were much better supported this year and, with official encouragement from the stewards, one or two entries were sampled by your photographer after the show. (bang goes the diet . . . again!)

I'm not sure what the collective noun for Chocolate cakes is but there were a selection of delicious looking examples on display next to the flower arranging class.

I would like to put it on record that your reporter didn't sample any of the cakes on show but promises to try harder next year.







The new venue offered an imposing backdrop to the trophy table and it was soon time to present the trophies to this years winners.



Tim Charrington took top honours this year with the highest total points in the Classes B & C and and just to keep it in the family Anne was presented with the Floral Art Cup by Horticultural Chair Phyllis Watts.

Mo Biggs (left) took the honours in the cookery classes

Sally Perrot tied on points with Alex Roe in the Vegetable classes but by virtue of achieving a higher number of individual class wins it was Sally who went home with the silverware.



Sheila Poulson (left) was awarded top prize in the Village Hanging Basket Competition with Carol Stock (right) sharing the runner up spot with Debbie Selwood who was unable to make the presentation.








The Judges selected was Phyllis Watts gigantic Hydrangea from the Berry Cottage Garden as the Best Exhibit in the Show(below right)

A selection of some of the other class winning exhibits are shown below: . . . . .

A few of Tim Charrington's class winning entries
(above right and below) just to show how it should be done

Unfortunately this report has to end on a rather sad note.

The usually slick prize-giving ceremony was not up to the usual standard this year as Phyllis had to manage without the assistance of Brian Willams, a long term stalwart of the Farringdon Horticultural Society who was taken into hospital just before Show Day.

Sadly Brian passed away on the 17th August, just over a week after the Show, so the prize winning Cucumbers shown below will be the last of Brian's numerous winning entries in Farringdon Horticultural Shows.


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