The annual Appleby Flower, Presentation and Produce Show took place on Sunday, September 4th 2016. It was an extra special event as this year marked the 50th Anniversary of the show!
The Village awoke on the Big Day to the aroma of last minute baking, the sight of baskets, boxes and cars being loaded up, a few choice words when flower arrangements and shortbread biscuits didn’t behave as they should and the tingling feelings associated with the exciting prospect of a day soon to be packed with fun and good humoured rivalry!
Doors opened at the Village Hall for staging at 11am and there was soon a queue of people lined up with overflowing baskets, pots, boxes and bags. It was a record year for entries – some 581 items were entered in the 113 classes by over 90 competitors. A fantastic achievement! For a village our size, the community certainly excels.
The staging tables were soon laden down with apples, tomatoes, beans, marrows, other fruits and veg as well as mouth wateringly delicious baked good, jams and marmalades. Not to mention crafts, artwork, eggs, and much more besides. The talent and artistry on show was truly magnificent and hugely inspiring. The Village Hall, in all its recently renovated glory, looked an absolute picture! It was really good to see so many ‘first timers’ and children at the show. As with all village events, it is vital that they continue to attract new blood!
Judging commenced at 1pm prompt. The judges were set the extremely daunting task of choosing 1st, 2nd and 3rd places from such a high standard of entries, a task they undertook with great skill, dilligence and good humour. Each judge has their own section based on their personal expertise and experience. Every single item is scrutinised and a winner chosen for its various attributes based on a recognised standard applicable to each class. It really is an exacting science, one I personnaly wouldn’t relish!
The final decisions were made, winning cards written, envelopes filled with cash prizes for the lucky winners, time for a very quick cup of tea and a bite to eat and then we were ready to open the doors once more to allow the participants back in to view their fate.
Lots of oooh’s, ahhh’s and ‘well I nevers’ could be heard echoing around the hall as those taking part, along with their families and friends, discovered whether they had won or been placed in a class. It was brilliant to hear so much praise for the overall standard of the entries. I am sure a lot of people will have left the show truly inspired and motivated to re-double their effort next time.
At 5pm the formal part of the day commenced – the eagerly awaited presentation of the awards ceremony. A short speech by our Chair, Ian, was made, rightly containing a host of thank you’s to everyone who helped, took part, sponsored or supported the event in any way, before handing over to Mr Derek Hall (Chairman of Appleby Parish Council) to announce the awards for the ‘best kept’ gardens, hedges and planters section, sponsored by the Parish Council, and presented by Mr Colin Worsley, Freeman of the Parish.
Prizes and certificates were then handed out to the lucky winners. The ‘Best Exhibit in Show’ trophy was presented by Col Worsley, a much admired and long term supporter of the show, to Rick Prior for his magnificent presentation of vegetables, grown with great skill in what has proven to be a very difficut season. A full list of all the winners may be found below.
All too soon it was time for the grand raffle draw and then the all important auction of goods. All the funds raised by the event stay in Appleby to support and safeguard the running of the Show.
The abiding memory of the day is of smiles and good natured fun. Thank you Appleby – and see you next year for the 51st!
Please scroll down below the results section for lots more photos!
Heartfelt thanks to the following people and organisations who sponsored the event:
Hornsby Accounts Ltd, Appleby
John and Margaret Arrand
Penny, Lisa, Ellen, Jenny, Anita and Ian
ALL the helpers, including: Dan, Tara, Rick, Joanne and Steve, and many more – you know who you are!
Most of all – the good people of the parish who’s entries made the day so memorable. THANK YOU!
Show trophies and awards:
Most points – fruit and veg: Rick Prior
Most points – flowers: Margaret Burgin
Most points – art and crafts: Anita Cross
Most points – preserves: Anita Cross
Most points – baking: Sandra Walker
Most points WI Member: Sheila Rhodes
Best Showstopper Challenge: Margaret Burgin
Most points – egg classes: Sarah Bailey
Most points – juniors under 11: Sophie Walker
Best in category – produce: Rick Prior
Best in category – art and crafts: Thelma Richardson
Best in category – bake off: Margaret Burgin
Best in category – all juniors: Evie Bird
Best Exhibit In Show: Rick prior
Tallest Sunflower, adult: Anita Cross
Tallest Sunflower, children: Mason Hebblewhite-Sykes
Resident’s Garden Awards:
1 Clive & Denise Prior, School Lane
2 Penny & John Owston, Churchside
Highly Commended(HC) Neil & Phil Gordon, School Lane
HC Judy & Dave Sheard, Paul Lane
1 Joanne Drury/Steve Empson, Hayton’s Lane (not sure if they are married!)
2 Alan & Marion (sp?) Coulton, School Lane
HC Mr & Mrs Gregory, Keb Barn, Church Lane
1 Margaret & Rob Burgin, School Lane
2 Lance Whiteley, Old Post Office, Ermine Street
3 Chris & Virginia Simms, Vicarage Park
HC David & Jane Smith, School Lane
HC Daniel & Tara Osborne, Haytons Lane
HC Mr & Mrs Richardson, School Lane
We hope you enjoy this selection of photos from the day!
Arrviving and Staging:
The Produce In All It’s Glory:
The Awards Ceremony:
And finally the Tallest Sunflower winner and THAT Sunflower!