Worthing Allotments and Gardens Association’s Great Village Show 2018

Sarah Scrace won first prize for her sunflowers. Picture: Derek Martin DM1890574a
Sarah Scrace won first prize for her sunflowers. Picture: Derek Martin DM1890574a

Members of Worthing Allotments and Gardens Association came up trumps for their annual horticultural show.

The sun was shining for The Great Village Show at Oak Grove College on Saturday and the event was well attended.

Jake Powis won first prize for his raspberries. Picture: Derek Martin DM1890583a

Jake Powis won first prize for his raspberries. Picture: Derek Martin DM1890583a

Show secretary Jack Powis said: “For gardeners, this has been the most difficult year with the long, cold spring followed by a two-month drought that decimated many shows and we feared the worst.

“But the WAGA members came up trumps again and the hall looked sensational, full of glorious fruit, vegetables, flowers and cookery on display.

“Outside, in the gardens, there were stalls selling all manner of things, including allotment produce, plants, tools and crafts. Local beekeepers were there, explaining the wonderful world of bees and selling glorious honey produced on the allotment site, and Men in Sheds displayed their considerable talents.

“People sat around enjoying tea and cake, bangers and burgers, and soaking up the sunshine and warm friendly atmosphere. This is such a lovely place to spend an afternoon and the weather was perfect.

Peter Hannam won first prize for his chillies. Picture: Derek Martin DM1890594a

Peter Hannam won first prize for his chillies. Picture: Derek Martin DM1890594a

“It’s been a much more successful show than we could have expected. This event has developed into such a friendly occasion as well as a chance for members to show off the results of a year’s hard work.

“The lasting memory of the afternoon was the very friendly atmosphere everywhere, with so many happy people enjoying themselves.”

On the competitive side, the standard was high and newcomers picked up awards alongside the experienced showmen.

Heather Broad had a good afternoon, winning most points and best exhibit in the flower section, and overall best exhibit in show.

John Daly won first prize for his rock cakes. Picture: Derek Martin DM1890590a

John Daly won first prize for his rock cakes. Picture: Derek Martin DM1890590a

Peter Webb had most points and best exhibit in the vegetable section and won the RHS Banksian Medal.

Jack Powis won best exhibit in the fruit section and Celia Powis won the Cookery Cup, Rose Bowl and Floral Art Cup.

Peter Mazillius had the best collection of vegetables, Peter Webb won master gardener and the Wine Cup was shared between Mick Russell and Jack Powis.

Frank Di Chello won the best allotment award and Rosemary Hill the most improved allotment.

Celia Powis won first prize for her cake and the Cookery Cup. Picture: Derek Martin DM1890570a

Celia Powis won first prize for her cake and the Cookery Cup. Picture: Derek Martin DM1890570a

In the novice section, Gareth Burgess won most points and Rosemary Hill the best exhibit.