The height of summer peaked at Upton Village Hall as members of Upton Horticultural Society showed their gardening best.
Chairman of the society Wendy Carman said she was ‘thrilled with the wonderful display and excellent quality of entries’ especially this year, which is the 70th anniversary of the society.
Four hundred entries in classes ranging from roses, chrysanthemums, fruit and vegetables to floral art and home produce were on display.
David Pendlebury, treasurer of the aociety for 35 years, presented the prizes and complimented exhibitors on their magnificent efforts.
Rita Critchley was awarded The David Miln President’s Challenge Cup for most points in the show, The Allen Hurst Summer Show Challenge Cup and The Mr and Mrs J R C Lumley Challenge Cup.
John White received The Mrs Frank Morris Challenge Cup for vegetables, The Herbert Wilkinson Dahlia Shield and The John Pritchard Dahlia Challenge Cup.
For their exhibits of fruit, Joan Ramsden was awarded the Tom Allen Challenge Salver and Susan Reading was presented with The Reg L. Barnett Challenge Cup.
David Pendlebury received The John Steward Hutton Challenge Cup for his roses and Paul Phillips received The Ralph Seddon Chrysanthemum Challenge Cup.
Joint winners of The Sydney Levy Challenge Cup for their floral art displays were Nicki Priest and Margaret Brizzell.
Jenny Lloyd received the rosette for best exhibit in the Pot Plants Section.
Debbie Corbett was presented with The Mrs C Norman and Miss E M Main Challenge Cup for her preserves and a rosette for best exhibit.
70 years in bloom
Awards in the children’s classes were given to Robin Lloyd for a clown’s face on a paper plate and a picture of a flower made from pasta, Ryley Breen for his miniature garden, Elliott Lloyd for his birthday card celebrating the society’s 70 years, Gracey Ryan for her Smartie cookies, Elan Breen and Neal Wakeling for their Rio Olympic posters and Neal Wakeling for his orange spiced cookies.
Overall winner of the Under 7 years was Robin Lloyd, Aged 7-11 was Elliott Lloyd and Aged 11-16 jointly Elan Breen and Neal Wakeling.
Want to join?
The society welcomes new members to come along to the meetings held on the first Wednesday of each month in Upton Village Hall with a different speaker and topic to engage everyone’s interest in gardening. The next meeting is on September 7 at 7.30pm with a talk titled ‘The herbaceous border –variations on a theme’ by Jane Allison. For further information see www.uptonhortsoc.org.uk