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This summer’s heat wave did not deter villagers from making the 31st Ruishton Village Day and Flower Show one of the best yet. The rise in temperatures rose was matched by the rise in quality of entries.

Ruishton Village Day Flower Show 20th July 2013

Probably the most keenly contested class of the Show is the Rhubarb class and despite the dry weather there were a record number of entries with the Claydon Challenge Trophy going to Viv Streeter who demonstrated versatility by also taking the cup for the Chocolate and Sweet Potato cake.

The hot weather didn’t deter the talented village cooks from spending time in their kitchens to produce a huge variety of cakes, jams and savoury pastries which gave the judges a difficult task in deciding the winners. Mavis Skeggs displayed her culinary talents by taking the R & J Cave Cup as the overall points winner with the Walker Cup going to Hazel Greenslade as section runner up. While Mavis Skeggs also took the Victoria Sandwich cup in the ladies class, Malik El Abbar was a first time winner of the Victoria Sponge in the men and boys class. Keith Adams took the class cup for Scones and daughter Emily won the Henlade Cup for Decorated Cup Cakes in the Children’s section. While Paula Adams and George Adams also had another family double in the handicrafts section winning respectively the cup for the hand knitted article and the shield for the Wooden Spoon Person. The overall points winner in the handicraft sectionand awarded the Arthur Jelks Tray as the overall points was Mavis Skeggs.

This year’s Children’s Section was a riot of colour with paintings and drawings lining all the available wall space in the meeting room and together with many fine examples of handwriting and handicrafts made for a fine display of talent. Special mention was made of the computer generated poster class that displayed the use of graphic art at a high level, the class cup being awarded to Hannah Vickery.AlsoCup winners were Lola Reed, the David Berry Cup for the bookmark class and Nathan Whitman the Growtage Challenge Cup for the Lego class

The cups were presented by Mark Harrison on behalf of the Schedule sponsors, Spirit Health Club Taunton. Flower Show Chairman, Mike Marshall, said that the high quality of this year’s entries reflects the strength of this annual event which goes from success to success.

Mike Marshall Chairman Ruishton Flower Show Committee

The winner of the previous week’s Scarecrow competition, “Old Macdonald” complete with his farm animals, was brought down to the show by the Greenslade family, to help shade the many “Potato Crop in a bucket” entries from the sun.

 

Flower Show and Crafts

Using the latest technology we can produce some great aerial photography, but even old aeriel photographs are worth a second look.

In the Wine and Drinks section entries of home-made Fruit Liqueurs continue to increase in variety making the judging particularly testing and also enjoyable! Paul Baker was doubly successful taking the ‘Wine of the Show’ cup and the Breeze Cup as the overall points winner of the section.

Film Titles provided the theme for this year’s Floral Art and Linda Claydon took the Maudie Hayward Trophy as the points winner in the section along with the Herbert Blaney Cup for the miniature floral arrangement that celebrated the film “The Lord of the Rings”.

 

 

Field events

The Dog Show is always very popular, and the bottle store is doing good business..


The weather this summer has been in stark contrast to last years but the village gardeners showed that they could deal with dry, hot conditions just as well as they dealt with the rains of 2012 and maintained the numbers and quality of entries in the Vegetable, Fruit and Flower Sections with Mrs Sandra Rodgers securing the Ruishton Challenge Cup for the highest number of points 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, Fruit and Flower sections as well as taking the cup for the best Hanging Basket.