LALESTON, BRYNTIRION, CEFN GLAS & BROADLANDS
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Laleston Gardening Club: The Club’s 48th Annual Horticultural Show and BBQ took place on Saturday, September 1 at Cliff Cottage and proved to be an outstanding success. The weather was fine and the day started with The Bridgend District Explorer Unit arriving at 8am to erect the marquee and assist with setting up tables. They returned at 5pm to dismantle the marquee and help with the clear up after the show. The Explorers are an exceptional group of young people who have given their invaluable help to the club for many years.
The Show Secretaries Pauline Sloan and Joyce Pegg, supported by other committee members, had done a tremendous amount of work in preparation for the show, and were well pleased with the results of their endeavours. Committee members were present on Friday evening and on Saturday morning to process the entry forms and assist with staging the exhibits. There were 53 exhibitors and 455 exhibits, making it one of the club’s most successful shows in the last ten years.
As usual the club’s ladies section was particularly supportive with their entries and special mention should be made of Sian James who staged an incredible number of quality exhibits, reflected in her winning 8 of the trophies on offer, namely:
Vegetables (root and bulb) - The Trotman Rose Bowl
Other Fruit and Vegetables - The Keith Robbins Shield
Biggest and Best Barclays Bank Trophy
Cut Flowers - Mike Thomas Cup
Pot Plants Freeland Trophy
Arts and Crafts - Ethel Hayball Cup
Top Tray - Most Points in the Show - Presidents Cup
Four members were winners for the first time:
Amy Pace -won the - - Ken Laleston Gardening Club Cup in the novice section
Elaine Beer won the Speedy Vac cup for baking
Janice Cahill won the Carys Hathaway Memorial Cup for needlecrafts
Laura James won the Glan Hathaway Memorial Cup for best floral display
The remaining trophies were awarded to:
Margaret Worgan won the Ladies Section Shield for flower arranging
Linda Thomas won the Catherine Bradford Cup for preserves
Val Lincez won the Laleston Photographic Section Cup for photography
Annette Humphries won the top vase
Marion John won the Dennis Walters Trophy for best vegetable display
In the Children and Family section Daniel and Ruby De Benedictus won joint first prize in the 7 years old and under section”Animal made from Vegetables” and were awarded medals.
The awards were presented by Paul Jones the Club Chairman who commented in his remarks that he was proud to be Chairman of the club because of the positive way it engages with the community it serves. Paul thanked Councillor Huw David, Leader of Bridgend Council for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit the show and invited him to say a few words before the presentations. Councillor David said he was highly impressed by what he had seen during the afternoon and very much hoped to return to future shows.
As ever at Cliff Cottage there was a happy atmosphere as visitors chatted together whilst viewing the exhibits and enjoying refreshments, particularly the Welsh Cakes prepared by Sue Ford and Dennis Roberts, served with tea and coffee in the marquee and the Burgers and Hotdogs, expertly cooked at the alfresco BBQ, on the patio by Richard Pegg and Gavin Thomas.
The grand finale of the afternoon was the draw of the exceptional raffle prizes followed by the auction of produce left on the show benches. Once again Pauline acted as auctioneer and entertained everyone with her unique brand of wit and humour. The star raffle prize was won by Marion John.