Summer had its sizzle and bakers had their drizzle for Bovingdon and Sarratt Autumn shows

Bovingdon Horticultural Show, September 2013
Bovingdon Horticultural Show, September 2013

The summer weather held out at the Bovingdon and District Horticultural Society Autumn Show – but drizzle was still the talk of the day.

A band of bakers battled it out for the title of best lemon drizzle cake, but the contest didn’t turn sour and was won by Mavis Lawrence, who also scooped the Floral Art cup at Saturday’s event.

Overall the show saw nearly 260 entries from 36 competitors.

Society secretary Sue Miller said: “This was another colourful show. The lovely summer weather proved great for vegetables and fruit growers, with entries increasing some 55 per cent on 2012.”

WINNERS: Mike Leon retained the Ernest Wright cup for fruit and vegetables, and Doug Leslie won the Victory Hall Cup for his superb leeks as well as the Chrysanthemum Cup.

Alec Parker won the Dahlia Cup, and the Outspan Cup was awarded to Jill Leon for her French Marigolds. Colin O’Donnell beat the ladies to win the Copse Hill Cup for preserves and baking, while 10-year-old Polly O’Donnell retained the Junior Cup for the fifth successive year. John Walker’s thirst for the Eva Stone cup saw him win the most points for homemade drinks, and Ron Smith was awarded the Allday Roofing cup for his fuchsias.

Winners of July’s hanging basket competition, the Hospice of St Francis shop, were also given their champagne prize during the show. The store narrowly beat F J Parish Electrical Store and Pendley Estate Agents in the annual summer contest, funded by Bovingdon Parish Council together with contributions from shopkeepers and the society.

Sarratt’s Horticultural Society also hosted its Autumn Show on the same day.

The display of vegetables were the highlight of the event with Steven Booth winning the Clutterbuck Trophy for the champion of the show. He also claimed the David Osborne Trophy for vegetables and fruit with a record number of points.

The Morton Neal Trophy for the best aggregate points over the Spring and Autumn Shows went to Christine Head with Pat Watson winning both the Dahlia Trophy and the Frederick Barber Trophy for other Flowers. The Arthur Pritchard Trophy for Roses was shared by the president and chairman of the society, namely Pam Dickins and Margaret Stratford.

Other winners were Daphne Clapinson for flower arranging, Noreen Singleton for cookery, Ginny McNamara for arts and crafts and Oliver Gill for the children’s classes with the Gill family winning the Three Rivers District Council Trophy for the family with the highest aggregate points. A total of 294 entries from 44 different entrants proved again the popularity of the show with the prizes being presented by John Guy, a long resident of the village.