More than 80 Exton villagers brought 250 entries of fruit, flowers, vegetables, home baking , preserves and crafts to the village hall for the 28th Exton Produce and Craft Show on Sunday.
The home produce section was excellent, as usual, and the children, including pupils from Exton and Greetham CE Primary School, produced one of the best displays ever.
The School Governor’s Trophy entries of wooden spoons dressed as storybook characters were particularly good. The standard in all classes was outstanding.
In the craft section quality rather than quantity was the order of the day. There were far less entries than usual , but cross stitch and felting entries were excellent.
A close run contest between vegetable growers Robin Beard and Robert Hudson resulted in Robert winning all three trophies in the vegetable section.
Jane Mills and her team served delicious teas all afternoon and Lady Juliana Noel presented the trophies and in turn was given a posy of flowers and a donation to her chosen charity, the NSPCC.
Auctioneer Ziggy Lesiakowski then auctioned donated produce and a raffle with prizes donated by local businesses, which ended a very successful day.
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): Sue Abbott; Betty Higgins Cup (best flower arrangement): Sue Abbott; Dan Collins Rose Bowl (specimen rose): Sheila Flawn; Margaret Healey Cup (best flower in show): Sarah Linsell; Stephanie Gibbins Rose Bowl (best roses): Sheila Flawn.
Home Produce. Home Produce Shield (section winner): Sarah Linsell; Swinfen Tankard (highest scoring man): Mick Mills; Wooden Spoon (Victoria Sponge made by a man): Clive Wallace; Chippy Castle Bread Board (handmade loaf of bread): Mick Mills.
Children’s. Children’s shield (section winner): Kate Heckles; Graham Bell Award (items showing greatest effort): Lottie; Heckler Family Trophy (best young baker): Nicholas Duell; Betty Higgins Cup (children’s competition): Charlotte Stannage; £5 Rob Lacey Award (handwriting for 6-9 years): Georgina Heckles; £5 Rob Lacey Award (handwriting for 10-13 years): Kate Heckles; Exton and Greetham Governors’ Shield (5-6 years): Lottie; (7-8 years): Grant Reid; (9-11 years): Aimee Ross; Rutland’s Scale Model Club (best junior model): Tom Heckles.
Village crafts. Craft Shield (section winner) - Joint: Irene Kettle and Sheila Flawn; Jubilee Cup (best craft in show): Stephen Ware; Don Drinkall Salver and Coffee Pot (best woodwork, metalwork): Stephen Ware; Margaret Lambert Salver (cross-stitch): Cathy Smith.
Gardens. Campden Salver (best large garden): John Polycarpou; Evelyn Hudson Cup (best hanging basket): John Polycarpou; Gainsborough Trophy (best container): Tony Wallace; Valerie Staalem Salver (best small garden): John Turner; John Burton Memorial Salver (best vegetable garden): Robin Beard; Phyllis Wilson Trophy (over the garden gate): Mickie Evison.
Show winner - Joan Foster Memorial Bowl: Robert Hudson. Overall best item - Viking Trophy: Lottie.