Entries impress at Easton-on-the-Hill Horticultural and Crafts Society’s 97th annual show
Easton-on-the-Hill has a thriving Horticultural and Crafts Society, and this was wonderfully demonstrated at its 97th annual show on Sunday.
The event is held in the village hall and the Easton Garford Primary School because there are so many classes - 106 at the last count - that it cannot be housed in just one venue.
This year there were more than 540 entries across the classes, from just under 60 entrants, with one member entering a staggering 45 classes.
The classes range from vegetables, fruit and flowers to art and photography, handicrafts, cookery, drinks, floral art and categories for juniors to enter. There is an inter-society challenge – pitching local clubs against each other, which this year was won in style by Ketton.
Show co-ordinator Deborah Davenport said: “We work hard each year to make the show as easy as possible to enter – whilst most of the vegetables, fruit and flowers are judged on Royal Horticultural Society rules, we have simplified some classes to encourage more people to have a go.
“This was really evident this year in our Dahlia classes – I think there were more exhibitors than for some time.”
The society has introduced its own version of the top tray a collection of homegrown vegetables - and top vase for homegrown flowers and this too was a success.
The RHS-qualified judges commented on the really high standards, particularly in floral art, cookery and vegetable classes.
As the show is held in the school, one of the committee members Simon Woodman sponsors the Garford Challenge, where all the pupils are invited to produce an item. This year it was a greeting card and the display in the school hall was a credit to all.
As well as the displays, there was, of course, a cake stall, tombola table, outdoor games and afternoon teas.
Deborah added: “This is a really social village, and the show is just one event of many throughout the year.”