Flower and vegetable show

Colourful chard

The Rye community centre was full to bursting with colour and perfume on Saturday August 31, with the largest number of entries the show has ever seen. What a perfect way to celebrate the 15th Crystal year. A fabulous array of vegetables, fruit, flowers, foliage, baking, photography and handicrafts were on display and with over 330 entries there was a lot to admire.

Delicious afternoon tea and cakes were also available courtesy of Landgate WI ladies who did a great job keeping visitors refreshed and making the show such a traditional event.

Best entry in show carrots

“It was lovely to see so many new people entering and winning this year,” said Lorna Hall, one of the organisers. “We are also incredibly grateful to all those businesses in Rye who supported us by sponsoring and advertising in our schedule.”

Dynamic Events, The George in Rye and Rye Allotment Associations were particularly generous as was Kirsty Doherty of Pure Creative Design who produced the  wonderful, banner, flyer and schedule design.

Helena Hudd, Show Secretary and joint organiser, was kept very busy with her band of volunteers processing the entries, mustering the volunteer stewards and ensuring all the prizes went to the right people.

Thanks are due to the judges, who had a wonderful, but very challenging job and of course to deputy mayor Rebekah Gilbert, and her puppy Sophie, who presented all the prizes.

The winners of the best allotments were also announced

Prize winners were as follows:

Three stems of roses – The Fullerton Challenge Bowl – Bill White
Best Victoria sponge – Rye Bookshop sponsored – Jane Shaw
Best photo by public vote – Webbes at the Fish Café sponsored – Madeline Eve
Handicrafts – The George & Rye Lodge sponsored – Joint first prize to Phil Mullane and Claire Sutherland
Overall photography – Rye Town Council sponsored – Liz Bamji
Overall cookery – Jeakes House sponsored – Nancy Rankin
Flowers, foliage & ornamentals – Dynamic Events sponsored – Bill White
Best Fruit and Veg – Queens Head sponsored – Bill White
Highest horticultural score – Banksian Medal Winner & Crystal Clock – sponsored by Rye Allotments Association – Sue White
Best overall horticultural entry – The Tate Trophy – Bill White
Allotment holder with highest points – Turk Trophy – Bill White
Overall show winner – Crystal Bowl – sponsored by The George – Bill White

Most varied, quirky and interesting – Love Lane – Nigel Jennings
Most green, environmental and maintained – South Undercliff – Pat & Hugh Wightwick
Judge’s Choice – South Undercliff – Bill White

Judge’s commendations:
Love Lane – Mary Starling, Martin Caree, Sandy Bill, Yvonne and Ernie Vicarey
South Undercliff – Kevin McCarthy, Graham Hans, Allen Cottell, Sue White

Image Credits: Lorna Hall , Andrew Bamji .


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