BERE FERRERS SPRING FLOWER SHOW

27 MARCH 2010

SHOW REPORT

With the cold winter showing no signs of coming to an end, the organisers were starting to wonder whether there would actually be any spring flowers ready for the annual Village Show.

On the day, we had the largest number of entries for 20 years, with nearly 600 entries filling the Church Hall.

Daffodil entries were, not surprisingly, down on previous years, and entrants were swapping stories of encouraging flowers into full bloom through gentle warming. However, the fall here was more than made up by a large increase in Domestic entries (particularly in the new class for Boiled Fruit Cake) and Decorative (Floral Art) section. Both set challenges for the Judges (how DO you judge 18 cakes all baked from the same recipe?)

The Children’s classes were also well supported, but the most attention in the competitive classes seemed to be a comparison between the rhubarb entries of Norman Gay and Brian Lamb - the judge ended up awarding both entrants a first prize.

For the first time, there was a display of some historic varieties of daffodil grown in the local area. this was organised by Frances Howard, with advice and information from John Lanyon (previously Head Gardener at Cotehele). This display attracted much attention during the afternoon.

Many thanks, therefore, to all who entered exhibits or visited during the afternoon. The show is in its 62nd year, and with this level of support looks ready to continue for many years yet.