Rumsey & District Register
The Garden Show was a big success in spite of our month of drought and early frost in places. I salute the exhibitors who rose to the challenge and entered some beautiful bouquets and different entries. There were fewer entries this year with 326 entries in the adult categories and 51 entries in the Junior sections but still they were very nice. There were 20 adult exhibitors and 7 juniors down 1 in the adults and 4 in the children. Four of the juniors competed in the home garden plot category with Ashley McNaughton winning first prize from Mary Newton and the George and Mary Storch Memorial Trophy. Second Junior garden Plot went to Cadynce Richmond donated by the Rumsey Garden Club. Gillian Gridley also tied for second place so she enjoyed a prize from the Rumsey Garden Club as well. Brody Nyrerod also had entered this category but had a few sheep explore his garden the night before the judges came to visit which, as we all know, there isn’t much a sheep will leave unturned before he is done exploring.
Though there were fewer gladiolus and dahlia, the entries were still just beautiful. The winner of the best Gladiolus and gladiolus aggregate was Lorne McArthur. The novice glad aggregate winner was Doreen Mappin. The Dahlia aggregate was won by Lorne McArthur. Betty Pennock brought in a beautiful begonia which took first prize contributed from Ken and Sharon Goddard. Roy Ashcroft also brought in a gorgeous rose which awarded him a very nice gift from Stan and Sheila Richmond. The potted plant aggregate was awarded to Al Gerdung and the Arrangement Aggregate was won by Denise Daniels who really has the touch for putting together beautiful things. There is always a fun competition between Mary Newton and Eleanor Richmond in the baking section so this year Mary was awarded first place and Eleanor received second baking aggregate. The Heritage Aggregate was won by Jill Brodie and the Vegetable aggregate was given to Ken Jensen. There were many more winners, I only named a few, I would like to thank all the exhibitors who were able to put together entries, the volunteers of the garden club and the crowd who came to enjoy a delicious supper courtesy of the Country Cookers and wandered through the exhibits, supporting the silent auction and raffle.
It is with sadness that I share with you the news of Betty Rynings’ passing on September 2, 2018. The funeral was held in the Rowley Hall on Saturday, September 8. The following information I will share with you is from the 2016 edition of the Rumsey History book. Betty (Marston) Ryning was a native of Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England. During the Second World War, she worked at a number of jobs, including as a riveter on Lancaster bomber instrument panels, before becoming a nurse. In 1959, she travelled to Canada for what was intended to be a two year working adventure at the Drumheller hospital before returning home to the UK. However, fate - in the form of an Alberta farmer - intervened when she met John at a dance in Drumheller. They were married in 1960. They had five children; Tim, Susan, Karen, David and Andrea. For both John and Betty, poetry and literary references were lighthearted staples of casual conversation. You may remember John’s passion for landscape painting. He had a true gift for capturing our native scenery. Betty worked hard on the farm as well as raising their five children. She spent a lot of time gardening, some for necessity and some for beauty. She would devote countless hours to tending large plots of vegetables and several flower beds on the farm. She also made periodic trips back to her native England to visit family and friends, usually with kids in tow. Betty remained on the farm until fall 2014, when she moved to an apartment in Edmonton. She enjoyed getting visits from family and friends.
The Ag Society will take a break from activities for the next month or so as harvest is on the move around the county. Our next event will be Fall Supper on Saturday, November 3rd. Then curling season will start up quickly after that with Super League being up first on the calendar. There will also be Junior league, Open league and Women’s league to consider so if you are interested in joining up contact an Ag member for more information. Enjoy. Some people just don’t have a green thumb. When my son Bill learned his friend was going to Home Depot, he asked, “Would you pick up some tulip Bulbs? I need some for my mom.” “Sure,” his friend said, “How many watts?”
Have a great week, everyone.