Martinstown Garden and Craft Show - REPORT
Sunday 20th August in the Village Hall.
It just shows how much attention to detail the judges give to the exhibits when some of them ran well over their allotted judging time and were still having lunch when the first visitors to the show arrived, bang on opening time. The atmosphere in the hall was very quiet and serious during judging and of course, without their contribution, the Show could not happen. Because we don’t see them at work they are not always fully appreciated (especially by the people who haven’t won!) but we are all very grateful for their efforts.
This year’s show was exceptionally colourful with some spectacular exhibits. Sally Webb’s fine flower display in a basket was a show stopper and there were several others, but the outstanding class this year was probably ‘small fruited cherry-type tomatoes’. These were very shiny and in every imaginable colour for a tomato, from yellow through orange and red, to Mike Beesley’s almost black beauties, cleverly presented in an egg box.
A dear lady of exceptional vintage, Mrs. Ethel Barnes, was the judge for the Chairman’s Cup. She selected the best exhibit, in her opinion, from any class and picked a single vibrant red gladiolus grown by Eileen Fisher. It was certainly a bloom of distinction and good to have a winner from the Garden section as in previous years, the winners of this trophy have come from Crafts. Chairperson Ann Priddle and her team would like to thank the many helpers who turn out every year to support the Show. Numbers of visitors and exhibitors were slightly up this year, so we plan to return to continue with a
Sunday next year so please note the date: Sunday 19th August 2018 – See you there!
EARLY NOTICE OF A NEW CLASS IN 2018 SHOW for action soon.We will be introducing an alcoholic drink class next year. It will be for a fruit and vodka liqueur. This will need to be created soon whilst fruits such as sloes, blackberries and raspberries are easily available. Cheers!!
Trophy Winners 2017:
King Trophy – Michael Parmiter
Rylestone Trophy – Sheena Mayo
Dennis Legg Trophy – Keith Eagleton
Basil Malyon Cup – Keith Eagleton
Ralph Bowering Plate – Keith Eagleton
Eileen Brotherton Plate – Margaret Hearing
Winterbourne Trophy – Rebecca Harrington
Hillier Trophy – Sally Webb
Balston Trophy – Rosie Duke
Preserves Cup – Rosie Duke
Brewers Arms Cup – Jan Griffiths
WI Art Cup – Sue Nuttall
Craft Trophy – Rosie Duke
Knitting Trophy – Barbara Eagleton
Steepleton Manor Trophy – Richard Evans
Bilbo Baggins Cup – Eleanor Duke
Chris Taylor Cup – Amber Taylor
Chairman's Cup – Eileen Fisher