Popular Doddington Horticultural Show attracted almost 800 exhibits.

Doddington Horticultural Show. Mike Wakeham, First prize and Diploma of merit for his large cabbage.

Doddington Horticultural Show. Mike Wakeham, First prize and Diploma of merit for his large cabbage. - Credit: Archant

FABULOUS flowers and monster vegetables were among almsot 800 exhibits on show at Doddington Horticultural Society’s 67th annual exhibition in the Village Hall on Saturday.

Doddington Horticultural Show. Les Ponder with a first and second for his prize Dahlias.

Doddington Horticultural Show. Les Ponder with a first and second for his prize Dahlias. - Credit: Archant

A huge array of vegetables, flowers, fruit and handicrafts were entered into the various competitions - with more than 300 entries coming from village children.

Lyne Green, secretary of the society, said: “It was very pleasing to find the children’s section maintaining a high level of entries again.

“Although we have had unpredictable weather, it did not have too much of an effect on the vegetable, fruit and flower sections. The show is open to all the local schools and we hope even more young people will get involved at next year’s show.”

Practice nurse at Doddington Medical Centre, Christine Curtis, presented the prizes.

Judges were: Fruit and vegetable section, Mr J Overvoorde of Doddington; flowers, Mr G Frost of March; cookery and preserves, Mrs Janet Townsin and Mrs Rosemary Higgs of Sutton; handicrafts, Mrs Linda Storey of March; adult art and children’s sections, Mr Cheale of March, and floral art, Mrs Ann Purt of Wisbech.

A round of applause was given in memory of the late Mrs Eileen Bamford, a staunch supporter or the show, who always entered the cookery, preserves and handicraft sections.

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The main raffle prize of £50 was won by Mr Les Payne and the cake was won by Mr David Curtis. Sweet decoration was won by Gill Wyles; bottle of whisky was won by Les Payne.

Lyne Green added: “The Committee would like to give special thanks to guide leader Jane Groves and the guides for their help on Friday evening and all day Saturday. Also to Mike Groves for his help on both days.

“Special thanks also to David and Christine Curtis, Craig Holland, Stephen and Emilie Short, Sue and Chris Savill and Mike and Jane Groves with the guides, for helping to clear the tables, and thanks to Raymond Mason and Dick Thacker for help with all the heavy work, and thanks to the scout committee for their help and loan of tables.”


Short Family Shield for vegetables, Michael Spiers; Best vegetable trophy, donated by The Dack Family, Mr Michael Wakeham for his cabbage; C.R Clarke Annual Memorial Shield for fruit, C Savill; Don Hipkin Cup for flowers, David Curtis; The Watson Family Cup for best flower in show, Richard Pollington of Murrow; John Yorke Annual Memorial Cup for vase of sweet peas, Richard Pollington.

Payne Family Shield for hybrid tea rose, David Curtis; Eric Mason Memorial Cup for bowl of roses, David Curtis; Bester Annual Memorial Cup for best fuchsia, Roy Davis; Elmore Family Shield for floral art, Lucy Howard; Ellington/Bamford Challenge Cup for adult art, Anthea Hart.

Home Guard Shield for cookery and preserves, Anthea Hart; Best exhibit in cookery section trophy, donated in the memory of Mary Jackson, Linda Snell; Archer Shield for handicrafts, Jane Archer.

Emma Ellington Annual Memorial Cup for best needlework article, June Berry for a hand sewn blanket; Primrose Cup (Welsh Family Annual Challenge Cup) for top girl seven years and under, Emily Holland; Boyden Family Annual Challenge Cup for top boy seven years and under, Zack Lawrence; Southon Family Annual Memorial Cup for top exhibitor, seven years and under, Emily Holland; Aubrey and Doris Negus Cup for top girl 8-11 years, Felicity Patching; Jackson Annual Memorial Cup for top boy 8-11 years, Elliott Groves.

Fenland Citizen Cup for top exhibitor 8-11 years, Elliott Groves; Geoffrey Harper Shield for top girl 12-16 years, Emilie Short; Edwards Shield for top boy 12-16 year, Ross Groves; Fenland Citizen Cup for top overall exhibitor 12-16 years, Ross Groves.

Irene Short Memorial Cup for best vegetable sculpture, Emilie Short; Bill and Olive Dickerson Shield for adult with most points, Jane Archer; Emmett Family Shield for child with most points, Elliott Groves.