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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.

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