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Clanfield Gardening Show – a feast of delight

  • Author: Anne Cleaver
  • Published: 28th August 2018
  • Categories: Blog, Business, Clanfield

Clanfield Gardening Show – a feast of delight

 Nearly 90 villagers crowded into the Memorial Hall in Clanfield last weekend, to enjoy the wide variety of entries on display at the annual Garden Show.  The Clanfield Gardening Club spent months preparing for this highlight of the gardening year, ensuring that competitors and visitors had a memorable day.  I was honoured, as editor of Clanfield Online, to be asked to present the prizes to the winners. 

 With over 400 items entered in this year’s show there was plenty to see and admire in this large hall.  And it wasn’t just about gardening: photography, crafts, baking and artwork found a space alongside flowers, fruit and vegetables.  The competitors, from the very young to the young at heart, had pulled out all the stops to make sure their entry was first-rate: colourful finger puppets made by the youngest children; fruit, veg and flowers presented in perfect patterns for judging; photographers giving a new slant on viewing everyday objects; flower arrangers who use blooms to surprise and delight and artwork and crafts that were simply exquisite.  One young mum described how she had practising her baking for weeks, asking work colleagues to sample the results and rate her skills.  The judges were obviously impressed as she won a cup for her hard work, and I believe her workmates are keen she enters the show again next year!

It wasn’t all hard work checking every entry; there was time to enjoy a cuppa and cake provided by the show’s organisers - no chance staying on the diet that day.  

This annual event is a celebration of village life at its best.  We, quite rightly, applauded the prize winners for their skills, dedication and hard work but everyone who entered the show was a winner for being part of a great tradition. Village events such as this showcases talent at a local level and binds communities closer together.

Start preparing for the 2019 Show now; if you would like to improve your horticultural and craft skills, then Clanfield Gardening Club could be the group for you. Look at the 2018 prize winners – your name could be on this list next year. 

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