Sutton Ex-Servicemen's Club Flower & Vegetable Show

The 2015  Show - A Review

Sutton Ex-Servicemen’s Club

A Review of the 50th Annual Flower & Vegetable Show

 Sunday 4th September 2016

Who would ever have thought we’d be celebrating our Golden Anniversary Show – well last year that’s exactly what we did and we did it in style. At a time when, sadly, small village shows all around the country are ceasing to exist our own show continues to go from strength to strength.

To carry on growing the Show at the rate that we have over recent years becomes increasingly challenging but in my opinion any local event where over 1,000 exhibits are staged is a significant Show and last year you yet again came up with the goods with a fantastic 203 different entrants staging a superb 1,028 exhibits – all I can say, to all of you, is thank you – you again made the show a real spectacle for everyone who stepped through the door of the marquee. The show is so much more than a Club event, it’s become a really well supported village event and so thanks to everyone who sponsored, helped, exhibited or simply attended – the show wouldn’t happen without you.

I know I mention this every year – but it’s true, one thing that certainly didn’t suffer was the quality of the exhibits – personally I think the standard was better than ever, right across the board, from the countless jars of preserves to the monster marrows – from the painstakingly worked handicraft exhibits to the significant number of ingenious children’s exhibits and not forgetting the art masterpieces.

May I begin with a few thank yous. Firstly to Peter Barber for allowing us the use of Spooners Flats – without his continuing support the Show could not be staged on such a grand scale.

Due to the sheer number of exhibits the judges were certainly worked harder than ever -  George Cornes a National Vegetable Society judge from Crewe again looked after the vegetable classes for us, Barry Cundiff & Eric Swanson judged the fiercely competitive flower sections, Claire Griffiths & Steven McGinnis tasted every single baking exhibit, Jean & Christopher Moss together with Ursula Davenport considered all the Children’s exhibits, Scott Barnard  looked after the photography section, Emily Raw judged the art & Mandy & Christine went on a Scarecrow hunt !

The scarecrow competition could certainly do with a little more support – we only had 8 crows last year but again the standard of the creations was excellent. We had a new winner of the Oliver Purisiol Trophy for best scarecrow – you could say it was “outstanding in its field” and the winners were the ladies from Sutton WI. Mandy & Christine, our judges also found time to help promote the show by placing decorated scarecrow hats all around the village – thanks again for your support. Let’s see if we can get a few more “crows” this year.

Our Art class is growing really well with excellent pieces of art work being staged. Judy Kelly picked up the Jobling Gowler Trophy for best exhibit in the section.

I’ve said this for the last few years but one area of the show that gets bigger and stronger each year is the children’s section – thanks to all the children for taking part – your imaginations are so vivid and in my mind you’re all winners but successful last year were James Harrison who won the Glyn Fox Trophy for most points in the section, Joe Lomas took the Jean Moss Trophy for his wonderful miniature garden entitled “The Old Mill Garden” and Emily Bailey’s peach bird in a nest secured the Imagination Cup.

Well done to you all – please continue to spread the word amongst your friends – let’s grow the Children’s section even further – you’re all the future of the Show.

Not to be outdone by the children’s creativity in the miniature garden stakes Rosie Wright staged a cracker in the adult class to retain the Miniature Garden Cup.

The photography section simply grows and grows and all the entries are of a fantastic standard – none would look out of place on walls and mantelpieces around the town. The Sutton Parish Shield for best exhibit of photography is becoming one of the most sought after in the Show and the winner was Leonie Sellars – well done Leonie another first time winner.

The WI section is starting to gather momentum with the ladies staging some great exhibits in the varying categories, all of which are selected by themselves – taking home the trophy for most points in the section was Eleanor Buxton.

In the baking classes Bryn Griffiths again won the Barnard Pearson Trophy for best meat pies. There are some excellent and varied concoctions in this class maybe we could write a recipe book on the back of this year’s entries.

First time winner Val Fox won the Apple Pie Cup, Wendy Brown took the Greg Lewis Cup for best exhibit of chutney and Roger Lomas won the sought after Doris Bailey Trophy for Lemon Cheese and in doing so became the first ever Lemon Cheese World Champion – well done King Roger … maybe it was the pheasant eggs that made the difference. There is an immense rivalry for this trophy made even more so by the introduction of the world championship - will Roger retain his crown in 2017 or will there be a new name on the trophy, who will be crowned the next “World Champion”?

Louise Broom again staged some fantastic exhibits to retain the Val Pointon Cup for most points in the “Ladies Section”.

The Flower arranging section gets better in quality each year but we could always benefit from a few more entries. Last year saw Lorraine Reader regain the N.G. Ashton Trophy. I can’t mention the Flower arranging without paying respects to Jenny Lewis who lifted this trophy on several occasions – and also did so much to help with the success of the show. Jenny sadly passed away earlier this year and will certainly be sadly missed and so fondly remembered by all involved in the show.

Into the Flower and Vegetable classes and Lesley Reynolds, with her excellent fuchsia, collected the Bill McGinnis Trophy for best pot plant, Rob Jackson’s superb basket took the Mosswood Gardening Trophy for best hanging basket, and there will be more mention of Rob later. Show veteran Craig Smith retained the Chilli Cup with a storming “Big Jim” exhibit.

David Patterson retained the Cabbage Cup, Fred Thorley, another new winner, won the John Rigby Trophy for best dish of shallots and also the  Jean Sherratt Memorial Trophy whilst also sharing the Geoff Sherratt trophy with Marshall Barnard and myself.

Charlie Seddon took home the Roy Sherratt Cup and Ken Watkins secured the Top Tray Trophy – whilst sadly the John Cadman Trophy for the best salad tray was not contested – let’s see if we can put that right this year.

Gwen Newman proved that she really is the Sweet Pea Queen again winning the Alan Littler Memorial Trophy for best vase of the fragrant flowers.

Norman Beech had another great year seeing his stunning exhibits secure him The Gladioli Cup and the Ken Shatwell Memorial Trophy for his wonderful exhibit of Gladioli. 

It was certainly great to welcome Duncan Ward back to the show and he picked up where he left off a couple of years earlier by winning the Top Vase Trophy.

I said there would be more mention of Rob Jackson and indeed what another great show he had – in addition to the hanging basket trophy Rob also picked up The Presidents Cup, The Heaviest Onion Salver for a giant weighing 2.6kg, The Dick Barnard Trophy for longest runner bean and completing the giant classes he also won The Bert & Margaret Barnard Trophy for heaviest marrow, with a monster weighing over fifty pounds. Rob finished his trophy winning by also securing the Ron Fyldes Cup to top off a fantastic Show. Thanks to a great showman for your support over the years – it really is appreciated.

Marshall Barnard and I pooled resources last year to make lighter work of the allotment and the work paid off seeing us collect The Audrey Warren Trophy for most points in the Show, the George Gains Trophy for most points in Section One, the George W Barnard Trophy for the onion classes, the Syd Moore Cup for carrots, the Nick Shatwell Memorial Trophy for potato classes, The Smithy Rose Bowl for best exhibit in the vegetable classes with our less than 8oz onions, The Rossendale Trust Tophy for collection of vegetables and the F S Corbishley Trophy for best exhibit of spray chrysanthemums.

2016’s Golden Anniversary Show was an all-round excellent event and an overwhelming success.

So this year sees us stage our 51st Show – this is a really great achievement and one we should all be proud of.

Last year I reported that our 50th Show was to be my last … well as you can see I’ve had a change of heart and so here’s to a great 2017 show.

Warm Regards

Robert Barnard – Show Secretary


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