Hor­ti­cul­tural show at­tracts all sorts

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - by Tom Her­bert tom.her­bert@trin­i­tymir­ Twit­ter: @TRHer­bert

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’.

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