The Autumn Show, held on the 9th of September, was the last of the year and it was good to see the village hall full of flowers, fruit and vegetables that had been grown and nurtured by members. Thirty-seven members entered the show with a total of 240 entries and it was pleasing to see a number of new names on the show bench. Among those winning were new member Rosemary Dagger who was successful in the novice flower arranging class and also in the dahlia classes, winning the Dahlia Society Silver Medal Card. In the photography Kath Walder came first in "Farm Machinery", Mike Pennick came first with his picture of "Graffiti" and John Gamble's rather saucy interpretation on "His and Hers" also gained a first.

The vegetable classes were well supported and Janette Bell won the Diploma with her miniature tomatoes. Chris Dagger entered three lovely melons in the fruit section and Sue McCusker won the class for potatoes grown from a tuber supplied by the Society with 8.415lbs. The Flower Arranging classes were down on numbers, but there were still some lovely arrangements, with Betty White gaining a first for "Nature's Bounty" and a second in the petite section which was won by Marjorie Hall, who also gained a second place for her interpretation of "Bollywood". This class was won by Jennifer Mitchell who also gained the Diploma for best flower arrangement. It is hoped that all those who entered the novice classes for flower arranging this year will continue to exhibit at next year's shows now that they have shown how good they are!

There were plenty of jars of jam in the domestic classes and the judge eventually gave the first place to Loretta Syrad for her pot of Raspberry Jam. Jars of pesto and flasks of soup represented the savoury classes and Bakewell tarts, key lime pies, blondies and boxes of fudge satisfied those with a sweet tooth.

Congratulations to everyone who won a prize at the show. The list is too long to mention everyone we hope that all exhibitors have enjoyed the experience and that next year the shows will be bigger and better than ever.

The next meeting will be on Thursday October 19th at 8.00pm when Roger Young will be talking about his seafront garden in Southsea. Everyone is welcome, so do please come along.

Updated 2 October, 2017