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Centenary Autumn Show - thanks and credits, prize-winners and photo album

Date posted: Saturday 9th October 2021

Centenary Autumn Show - thanks and credits, prize-winners and photo album

Well, after ‘soggy Saturday’, the goddess of Autumn Shows smiled on us! What an enjoyable and successful Centenary Autumn Show, thanks to great teamwork on the day, kicking off with the tents set up team, efficiency in Show set up and, not least, the weather turning out so good! We welcomed friends and guests past and present and it was good to see old faces as well as the more regular visitors. Such a pleasant way to spend a sunny social Sunday!

Click here to view the special photo album of the Centenary Show

Click here for the Centenary Autumn Show Competition Results

Click here for the Centenary Autumn Show Produce Winners

Some quality veg, fruit and flowers in the Produce Show tents, delightful entries in the children’s art and craft competitions, an impeccable Beer Team staff, an array of lovely donated Raffle prizes, our very own History Book sales and special edition centenary tea towels and bags and the usual entertaining Pumpkin competition presentation by not one but two NPL judges, Andrew Hanson, MBE with JT Janssen, Chief Scientist at NPL. The NPL, in one person or another has attended every RPA Pumpkin competition since 2007, a long-standing collaboration.

The special centenary presentations were memorable – Susan Saunders launched the RPA History Book with a summary of what makes our community so strong and how we need to cherish the people and the wildlife that we share our site with. And the ‘official’ unveiling of the weather vane designed and made by Jem and Gill’s plaque highlighted how lucky we are to have such talented and creative plotholders in our midst. There were some intriguing ideas for the ‘virtual’ RPA Time Capsule board, including: cake recipe; pigeon netting; bindweed; a slug; face mask and a LFT; a bottle of ‘Naked Ladies’; a History Book; a drone video of the allotments and ‘the last bit of fuel’!

Thanks to Cllr Robin Brown and Cllr Jim Millard, our Management Committee councillors for presenting the Family Scarecrow and Tallest Sunflower awards – Kasper winning with the tallest sunflower on record! And to Kate Slack, Head Gardener, Marble Hill House Kitchen Garden for judging and presenting ‘Best in Show’, won this year by Dan Read for his onions.

Special thanks to:
• Ruth for organising such a smoothly run Produce Show that always goes so well – her research into heritage produce alone deserves a special rosette!
• Joanie for all her work in organising a selection of top donated Raffle prizes – oil from a potholder’s olive groves, free-range eggs, Victoria’s dad’s lovely wood craft, homemade Christmas cakes, honey, jams and artisanal biscuits – many satisfied winners
• Trish and Peter McClellan, who set up the Beer Tent so efficiently with Alex – just a shame we didn’t have the bbq to go with the drinks this year
• Marguerite and Chris Pocock on the Home Produce stall; Chris did a good trade in selling pre-loved tools
• Pumpkin competition registrar, Ben and to everyone else who turned up to help out.
And, a huge cheer and thanks for the return of the Cafe – thanks to Anne and the Cafe team volunteers, so good to have them back.

I’d like to say, ‘Thank you’ for the perfect gift of a ‘des res’, luxury insect habitat hotel. Apparently the idea was for it to be presented by Cleve West; as it was I almost toppled over the PA system, so if he had been there I’d probably have made more of a complete star-struck fool of myself! During the weeks of planning my hope was that it would be proper social get together; not too many big name guests and more ‘in house’ than grand event. That so many people came along to enter competitions, part with cash and enjoy socialising what might be the last of the summer ‘Naked Ladies’ was reward in itself. So many thanks, everyone for all the support you’ve given me over the years as Social Secretary – I can hang up my Sec boots knowing that our regular social events are in very capable hands!

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