Ruishton Village Day and Flower Show
Another fantastic day for the village
The weather was kind to the event until it was time for the presentations of the cups ensuring that there was a hall full of people to congratulate the winners on their successes when receiving their cups from Mike Marshall, the Flower Show Chairman.
The wettest summer for years far did not prevent villagers entering high quality produce in the vegetable, fruit and flower classes and maintaining the tradition of keen competition. The wet weather seemed to suit some of the classes especially the growing of rhubarb and Jim Claydon had to fight off stiff opposition to win this class.
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 vibrant colours of the Floral Art provided a contrast to the dull skies outside with Pat Ward taking the Maudie Hayward Trophy as the points winner in the section.
As is now traditional the annual Scarecrow and Hanging Basket competitions were held on the previous Sunday to the show. The entries in both classes were of a very high standard. Mrs Anne Parker won the award for the best hanging basket and the Adams Family won the first prize for their traditional Scarecrow. As has now become a tradition it was brought along to the Show to stand guard over the ever popular Potato Crop in a Bucket Class where the winning bucket was found to have produced 1.86 kgs of potatoes from the one potato originally planted, the winning entrant was Paul Coles.
The weather was not a factor in the Jams and Cookery section with an impressive number of cakes and jams on display. The special cake recipe back this year by special demand was the Tunisian Orange cake which was won by Mrs Joan Thatcher
Mrs Hazel Greenslade amassed the highest number of points in the section to win the R & J Cave Perpetual cup, while a new name, Audrey Posmyk, was added to the Walker Cup awarded to the runner up in this section. Impressive entries in the childrens’ Fancy Cakes seems to indicate that high quality baking will continue in the village for many years to come and Emily Adams was presented with the Henlade Cup for her winning entry.
Another section unaffected by this summer’s weather was that of handicrafts which again highlighted an amazing variety of skills from woodwork to handmade cards to knitted items. The class for a humorous photograph showed that the villagers are as quick to see the funny side of life as they are with their cameras.
The introduction of new classes in the Wines and Drinks section attracted a lot of interest especially the home made Fruit Liqueur which saw Damson Gin triumph over the Sloe Gins.
The Children’s section was well supported by exhibits from Ruishton Primary School, Bushy Cross Nursery and Woodlands Pre-School as well as from the other children of the village. The Lego class exhibited great skill and imagination and the trophy was awarded to James Madeley
Chairman Ruishton Flower Show Committee