Many members expressed dismay at the end of February that their daffodils were already coming in to flower. By the second week in March reports were coming in that there would be a dearth of daffodils at the Show. However, once again, the members came up trumps. There was an excellent number of entries. In one class there were 11 entries! The number of entries across the whole show was significantly above that of recent years. New members also felt comfortable in entering and this can only be good news for the society. At one point in the afternoon it felt that there was nobody on the High Street because the people were all in the Barn at our very popular refreshment stall! Well done to the volunteers who coped with the demand.
The judges were very impressed with the exhibits. Not only did we have a high standard displayed in the daffodil section but also in the General Flora and Pot Plants. The scent of the flowers as the visitors walked past was evocative of an English garden in bloom. The Cacti and Succulent section showed the wide variety that are available from the good looking, downright sinister to furry with spines! It was noticeable that the children were fascinated by the display.
Many of our members had been busy over Winter and there was a lovely range of crafts on view – there was even a knitted cacti – which had a few people confused as it was so life like. Even the Show Manager was tempted to put it in to the Cacti section!. The number of entries under domestic showed an increase and there was an impressive array of Almond and grape loaves, Victoria Sandwiches and scones. The Floral Art and Photography sections are gradually growing and it was pleasing to note these sections had attracted some new members.
The schools section was a tremendous hit with our visitors. The standard was very high and it was very hard to differentiate between them. In the end a joint first and joint second was awarded. The enthusiasm of these young practitioners bodes well for the future.
The success of the raffle organised by Tony and Jim helps with providing funds as does the growing produce stall. Thank you all for buying tickets or produce.
The prizes were presented by Jacqueline Ormshaw, who is one of the RCHS sponsors, and her husband, John, the President of the RCHS.
The committee would like to thank all the members who showed their support by coming to the show and we hope that you will be able to exhibit and attend the Summer Show.
The full results can be found in the attachment below:
Photographs kindly supplied by RCHS Member John Swindells