The Martinstown Garden and Craft Show is quite inspirational really. It’s a bit like a party where everyone’s invited and people bring the best things that they have grown or made, to be admired by one and all.
The judges are essential of course, because not everyone can win 1st, 2nd or 3rd place. One judge who has been meticulously judging fruit and vegetables since the Show’s inception, the venerable Fred Penhaligon, spent several hours carefully considering every entry and his knowledge and experience are legendary. The same applies to the other judges and we thank them all very much for their efforts because this is a serious business.
But it is also great fun and the inspiration for the spirit of the Show came from its founder and Chairperson, Ann Priddle, until her sad and sudden death just a few months ago.
Certainly she would have loved the whole day. The number of entries and the standards attained were better than ever, a fine achievement when you consider the exceptional conditions of this hot and dry summer. A new crystal bowl, The Ann Priddle Trophy, was proudly donated by Ann’s family and won by Lesley Usherwood for her baking skills.
We hope all the lovely people who helped to make the day go so smoothly (setting up, serving teas and washing up, writing on raffle tickets – all the usual things!) will volunteer again next year, if we promise they can try some of the fruit gin entries after the judging.
So that’s it for another year. If you are planning to make a fruit gin to enter in next year’s Show, now would be a good time to start. It should be ready to drink around Christmas time, but keep some for the Martinstown Garden and Craft Show 2019 when it will have matured to its full flavour.
Perhaps it could even win!