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Ruishton Village Day Flower Show 18th July 2008 - Smocks and Straw hats and smiles were the order of the day as the Flower Show Committee “smocked up” for the 27th annual Ruishton Flower Show. The smocks, made to traditional patterns by Lilian Marshall and Sylvia Twine, reflected the fun of the day.

Ruishton Village Day 18th July 2009

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Ruishton Village Day Flower Show 18th July 2009

Smocks and Straw hats and smiles were the order of the day.

The Flower Show Committee “smocked up” for the 27th annual Ruishton Flower Show. The smocks, made to traditional patterns by Lilian Marshall and Sylvia Twine, reflected the fun of the day.

There was even a smile on the face of “Tin Lizzy” the winning scarecrow of the previous week’s contest who was brought to the show by her creators, Muriel Coles and Rosemary Elliot to preside over the 24 Potato Crop in a bucket entries.

Even a mid afternoon deluge couldn’t dampen the villagers’ spirits and the bumper number of entries made the Show one of the best yet.

The cups were presented by Jason Barrow; the Thornfalcon works manager of local employer Tarmac who had sponsored the Flower Show Schedule.

The wet weather of the preceding week did not prevent villagers entering high quality produce in the vegetable, fruit and flower classes and maintaining the tradition of keen competition. Mrs Sandra Rodgers secured the Ruishton Challenge Cup for the highest number of points in the Vegetable and Flower sections and also the Ruishton Vegetable Plate for amassing the most points in the vegetable section. Mrs Hazel Greenslade was awarded the Marshall Cup as runner up in the Vegetable and Flower sections.

The weather was not a factor in the Jams and Cookery section with an impressive number of cakes and jams on display. Hazel Greenslade displayed her all-round talents by taking the R & J Cave Cup as the overall points winner with the Walker Cup going to Mavis Skeggs as section runner up. This year saw the introduction of a Victoria Sandwich class for men only and the first winner was Gordon Rodgers.

The handicraft exhibits were of high quality with a diverse range of entries with Sylvia Twine the overall points winner.

Book titles were the theme of this year’s Floral Art and Hilda Marsden took the Maudie Hayward Trophy as the points winner in the section. Hilda Marsden displayed further skills winning cups for tapestry, hand knitted garment, handicraft and hanging basket.

The Claydon family demonstrated their all round skills in classes across the show, Linda Claydon won the Herbert Blaney cup for her miniature Floral Arrangement, Helen Claydon the cup for the Chocolate Brownies and Jim Claydon was the first-ever winner of the new Rhubarb trophy.

Another new cup, for a group entry for Senior Citizens was won by team “Two Plus One” for their display of flowers and foliage.

There were record numbers in many of the Children's sections with particularly inventive and imaginative Lego models, paintings, posters, decorated pebbles and eggs, monsters, bookmarks and original poems.

Mike Marshall Chairman Ruishton Flower Show Committee

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31st July 2009