New faces joined familiar ones at a village’s 29th annual show.
The Exton Produce and Craft Show, which was held on Sunday at Exton Village Hall, attracted about 220 entries in 81 classes.
Participants went head-to-head competing for 32 trophies and organisers were particularly pleased to see new villagers, not just taking part, but winning as well.
Robert Hudson was the star of the show, picking up a total of 30 points. Three points are awarded for first prize, two for second and one point for third prize. He also won three trophies in the Vegetables and Fruit section and walked away with the Joan Forster Memorial Bowl for the overall show winner.
It was a good day for the Heckles family as well, who donated a new trophy for the best young baker. Tom and Kate Heckles picked up a range of prizes in the children’s section, while their sister Georgina won the Viking Trophy for the overall best item.
Prizes were presented by the show’s patron, Lady Juliana Noel, continuing her family’s long association with the event.
Proceeds from the show and other events organised by the committee will go towards local charities. Last year, £900 was donated to the skatepark fund and to the primary school.
Vegetables and Fruit. Melbourne Cup, section winner, Robert Hudson. Exton Dairy Cup, best vegetable in show, Robert Hudson. Eddie Hudson Cup, heaviest onion, Robert Hudson. Flowers. Ernie Higgins Salver ,section winner, Margaret Bell. Betty Higgins Cup, best flower arrangement, Ann Bell. Dan Collins Rose Bowl, specimen rose, Margaret Bell. Margaret Healey Cup, best flower in show, Stephen Ware. Stephanie Gibbins Rose Bowl, best roses, John Bell. Home Produce. Home Produce Shield, section winner, Ann Bell. Swinfen Tankard, home produce: highest scoring man, Clive Wallace. Wooden Spoon, Victoria sponge (made by a man), Clive Wallace. Chippy Castle Bread Board, handmade loaf of bread, George Smith.
Children’s. Children’s Shield, section winner, Tom Heckles. Graham Bell Award, items showing greatest effort, Kate Heckles. Heckler Family Trophy, best young baker, Tom Heckles. Betty Higgins Cup, children’s competition, Kate Heckles. £5 Rob Lacey Award, handwriting: for best handwriting 6-9, Lizzie Parks. £5 Rob Lacey Award, handwriting: for best handwriting 10-13 years, Kate Heckles. Exton and Greetham School Governor’s Shield, 5-6 years, Ellie Arkle. Exton and Greetham School Governor’s Shield, 7-8 years, Reid Grant. Exton and Greetham School Governor’s Shield, 9-11 years, Katie Dear.
Village Crafts. Craft Shield, section winner, Terry Connolly. Jubilee Cup, best craft in show, Meryl Hart. Don Drinkall Salver and Coffee Pot, best woodwork, metalwork, Mick Mills. Margaret Lambert Salver, cross-stitch, Terry Connolly.
Gardens, Campden Salver, best large garden, Jane Lacey. Evelyn Hudson Cup, best hanging basket, Tony Wallace. Gainsborough Trophy, best container, Helen Maiden. Valerie Staalem Salver, best small garden, Meryl Hart. John Burton Memorial Salver, best vegetable garden, John Bell. Phyllis Wilson Trophy, over the garden gate, Jacquie Webb.