August 21, 2017:
The Gardening Club held their 22nd Flower and Produce Show on Saturday and we were invited to judge the photography competition. 6 categories were on display and although the quality of the images was generally on the adequate side, it's obvious that smartphones are making some photographers lazy. Come on guys - real photographers can do better! Overall it was a great day however, both from the hospitality side from the judges point of view (thank you Chairman Mike, Sue and backroom team), and from the main Show's point of view. The children's entries were charming and the flower, floral, fruit, vegetable and cookery classes produced work of a very high standard. We looked on with envy as judge Joan Weeks tasted the entries ... particularly the coffee and walnut cakes! Wow. It was no surprise that one of them - made by Audrey Reynolds - won Best in Show. Paul Hipkin, Lady Clinton's head gardener, was on hand to open the Show, and later presented the prizes. More pix HERE.