CLOSE TO NATURE
Horticultural show attracts all sorts
MORE than 1,000 people flocked to the 123rd Stoke Poges, Wexham and Fulmer Horticultural Society Show.
Held in the grounds of the Stoke Poges School on Saturday, organisers hailed the event as bigger and better than ever before.
There was a display of vegetables, fruit and flowers exhibited in the marquee, along with photography exhibits, home baking, jams and jellies, floral arts, and a variety of crafts and art along with a car show and goods to buy.
There were also a high number of entrants in the junior section from the three local primary schools, and children enjoyed games and a bouncy castle.
Cream teas, Pimm’s and a beer tent, a barbecue and ice cream van were in big demand as people sat in the sunshine listening to The Reading Spring Gardens Band.
Ralph Bagge, chairman of the parish council presented the cups and trophies to the proud best in show winners.
Sandra Greenslade presented the Michael Mobbs Cup, given in memory of her late father to the individual, or group, that has made a significant difference to the show or society in the past year, which was won by Gaby Battrick.
Jon Homan, president emeritas, said: “We were thrilled with the huge turnout, well in excess of last year, which together with the large increase in exhibitors’ entries made the show a sensational success.
“The judges commended the society on the overall quality of the show and the exceptional standard of the produce on display.”
Striking images: Trish Welch, of Venture Photography, with her display.
Colourful: Judges Graeme Hollingsdale, Brian Christie and Rodney Sims.
Tea time: Katie Blows and her ceramic pots.
Society pages: Jane Wall, Harvey Whittam and Dave Kneller at The Stoke Poges Society stall.
Motoring on: David Edgson, Mike Hill and Nigel Lowe with some vintage vehicles. PHOTOS ONLINE
Lots of cacti: Susan and Costas Pathanasiou.
Vintage year: Judges assess classic cars.
Animal magic: Emily and ‘Fluffy’.