Wednesday, 16 September 2009

Local skills on show

Produce and Handicraft Show
Old Buckenham held its annual Produce and Handicraft Show on Sunday 13 September in the Village Hall. This event, organised by Old Buckenham WI, retains its popularity and attracted entries both from throughout the village and various exhibitors from the surrounding area. With the produce and handicraft items displayed around two rooms in the hall, the judges were kept busy during the morning deciding on the best exhibits.
There was some serious competition in many of the classes, particularly the preserves, cookery and vegetables, and this provided plenty for all the visitors to see in the afternoon.
The trophies and other prizes were presented by David Hannah. It was a good afternoon for John Frost who collected the prizes for the flower classes and also the pot plants while his wife Barbara came top in the preserves. Debbie Thomas from Stacksford won the trophy and prizes for cookery. The wine prize went to Mr Brand. It was very competitive in the vegetable and fruit classes with Ray Snow from Banham managing to score the most points and also taking the award for the best tray of vegetables. Fran Pemberton and Pam Monk had to share the trophy for the handicraft section with Shirley Penfold from Attleborough collecting the cup for the flower arranging classes. Ron Brewer won the shield for the Art section.
The children’s classes were not as well supported as usual but attracted some imaginative, interesting and colourful entries. William Mason and Olivia Hartley-Mcleod jointly shared the section for children under 7 with Toby Richardson taking first place for those between 8 and 11. Megan Richardson was successful in the over-twelve category and was also given the special award for the best exhibit in all the children’s classes.
This year the overall winner of the cup for the most points in the whole show was Ray Snow with 65 points.
Thanks to the generosity of many of the entrants the prize-giving was followed by a enjoyable auction of produce conducted by David Hannah. This provided great bargains as well as raising useful funds in the process. The large raffle draw came next and the proceedings ended with Old Buckenham WI’s president, Susan Hunter, thanking all the WI members and others from the village who had worked so hard to ensure the event was both enjoyable and a success.

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