STALBRIDGE GARDEN SOCIETY ANNUAL PRODUCE AND FLOWER SHOW TRIUMPHS AGAIN IN 2018. The sun came out on Saturday 18th August at the Stalbridge Hall for the annual show. The hall was buzzing with competitors and visitors. The Show was officially opened by Canon William Ridding who has been our Rector for many years. Although numbers were slightly down in the flower classes the other classes made up for it with some really amazing entries in the craft section, domestic and some wonderful photographs. It was good to see Brian Spiller and his family join us for the afternoon. Brian was our Chairman until January this year when he became very ill. The afternoon tea ladies were kept very busy serving tea & cake, this as always is the most popular part of the day and the tea area was buzzing with friends catching up on their news. Despite the challenging summer weather the hall was a sight to behold with all the entries set out to show what can be achieved.
Results: Wendy Bailey won the Westminster Rose Bowl for the highest number of points in the Show, the Frith cup for the highest points in Domestic, the Challenge Cup for Best Floral Exhibit, the WI Cup and the Pat Emmerson Cup for best Handicraft exhibit with a beautiful patchwork cushion. The Betty Godwin Cup was won by Mary Moore for the Heaviest weight from a potato. In the Children’s Section, St Nicholas School Henstridge won the Children’s Cup for horticulture. The Junior cup went to William and Belinda Dike for children’s entries aged 6-9, Georgina Dike won the Jubilee Cup for the entry 10-13 and the Stalbridge Cup for the best children’s entry in photography. The Stalbridge Beavers entered for the first time and won the Margaret Jeans Rose bowl for the Family/Joint entry no 78. The Goblet went to Chris Jeans for best vegetable exhibit. Geoff Jeans won the Percy Dike Bowl for best Flower exhibit in classes 27-38, The Ring Street Cup went to our Treasurer Carolyn Loosen for the best Cut Flower exhibit. The Member’s cup for the best Geranium (supplied by Castle Gardens and a voucher) went to Shirley Hosea. The Best Pot Plant in Show went to Pam Ruffell who won the Brian Spiller Cup. Ruth Bennett won the Christine Lewis cup for the best Egg exhibit. John Cranston won the Handicraft Cup for Highest points in Handicraft. The Wood Lane cup for Photography went to M Ridgewell. A new cup this year was The Blackmore Vale Bonsai Group Cup for the best entry went to Pat Pocock. Congratulations to John Tinsley for winning the Anglesey Bowl for the second year running for the Highest points in vegetables and the Gold Street Cup for best apple exhibit.