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Upton St Leonards Annual Show 2018

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Thank goodness the forecast was wrong as the rain stayed away for what was a great Show. The Cotswold Big Band entertained us once again (thank you Gill) and despite a difficult summer for the gardeners the exhibits were excellent as always. Thanks to the Children's groups for their input as it is always nice to see the kids' efforts. I felt the flower displays this year were excellent and they received some very favourable comments from the judges. 

There's a lot of talent out there with lovely displays of crafts, photos and cookery so well done to everyone who took part.

Paula Quinn won four trophies including the Eacott Perpetual Challenge Cup for the most points won on the day. Peter Macey won three trophies and two awards including the Banksian Medal for the most points in Sections A and B (vegetables and flowers). 

Other winners were Paul Smith, Dominic Everiss, Clifford Alderman, Marian Croose, Valerie Doll, Jim Browne, Moira Pratt, Sara Hemming (see the website for a full list of winners and trophies)

In the Children's section Harry Lewis won the Evelyn Rumsey Children's Cup and Jaime Ashworth the Juvenile Cup. Arthur Hemming won the RHS Children's Certificate of Merit. 

Two cups are awarded by the Parish Council for the Best Kept Allotment at the Perry Orchard and Stanley sites. Linda Gapp won the Perry Orchard cup and R Perry won the Stanley cup. 

Our thanks to the Parish Council for its support, to the Lady Downe Trust for supporting the marquee, to the Herrings (Farm Shop) for providing the hotdogs and the Scouts for cooking and serving them. Jackie Thorogood and her team did a sterling job serving the refreshments and finally, those other helpers that gave a few hours here and there to make this important Show what it is. Thanks, too, to Bowden Hall, Hatton Court and Hallmark hotel for their raffle prizes.

The Show's AGM is held in late November so I will make an announcement about that in due course.

Colin Freshney, our President, is retiring this year after decades of support as an exhibitor, Committee Member and President. I must include Maureen, as well as she has similarly supported the Show for many years.
Peter Macey, our Secretary, is also retiring from that post after 20 years of fantastic input and dedication. 

The Village owes a large debt of gratitude to them all for their work on our behalf in keeping the Show going. 

Cliff Alderman

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