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Gaddesden growers win prizes galore

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The annual winter show staged by the Little Gaddesden Village Produce Association attracted more than 90 exhibitors who contributed more than 250 competition entries.

The event drew crowds from across the generations, with children competing in categories including handicraft, drawing, cooking and building a castle out of recycled materials.

All of the vegetables in the competitions were grown nearby, and Radio 2 presenter Nigel Barden hosted a fundraising auction at the end.

Ros Taylor, director of Northchurch-based The Hospice of St Francis, presented prizes at the village hall event.

She took the opportunity to snap up a marrow in the auction and commented on the ‘strong sense of community’ in Little Gaddesden.

Profits will be split between good causes including the hospice.

Event chairman Rob Irving said: “Villagers grew vegetables, made things, drew, took photos, baked, brewed and sewed for the occasion.”

There was also an exhibition of small pets, judged by Nicci Manfield, head nurse at Hemel Hempstead’s Barton Lodge Veterinary Centre.

David Moore very narrowly beat Ernie Hull to win the Village Produce Association Winter Fruit & Vegetable Cup.

Glenda Cooper won the Katherine Talbot rose bowl for the strongest range of entries in the Cookery and Preserves classes.

Mo Grainger and Mike Hancock won the specialist cake classes.

The children’s classes were keenly contested with Anna Wallace, Tommy Hobley, Chloe Stinton, Alfie Simmonds, Antony Fletcher and Jessica Raja-Brown among the prize-winners.

Jean Smith from Great Gaddesden scooped the main senior awards in the floral arts and handicrafts sections.

 

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