Record-breaking number of entries ensure successful Pilning Flower Show

SR_521_001 One of the giant vegetables at the Pilning Flower Show (9667744)

SR_522_001 Judge's Dot Culverhouse and Donald Harris take a closer look at one of the sweetcorns entered in the Pilning Flower Show on Saturday (9667738)

SR_523_001 A triple dahlia display at the Pilning Flower Show (9667729)

SR_524_001 Duncan Hobbs judging the homemade wine (9667711)

SR_525_001 Jam and jelly judge Natasha Purdy with her steward Diane Lloyd (9667694)

SR_526_001 Judge Ruth Kitson on the craft section (9667689)

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THIS YEAR’S Pilning Flower Show was a huge success after receiving a record-breaking number of entries.

This was the 45th show and there was a steady stream of exhibitors throughout the morning of the event, held at St Peter’s School.

The judges were impressed by the quality of the 448 exhibits on display at the show held on Saturday, August 23.

The show's main winner was Graham Hawkins from Bristol, who took home four trophies including the coveted Best in Show Shield with his stunning top tray of vegetables.

Best in Show by a Parishioner was won in photography by Steven Wharram of Severn Beach with his picture of snails on a log.

Pilning resident Edward England was the most successful entrant on the day after winning five trophies including those for most points in the show by a Parishioner and most points in fruit, flowers and flower arranging.

Becky Latham won the Juvenile cup for her creative fruit and vegetable animal.

The high numbers of visitors helped sales of the home made cakes and teas, and in bids in the charity auction of the shows produce classes and items donated by local businesses.

A cheque for £500 has been presented to the show’s charity, Wheels at St Peter’s, and it is hoped that this may be at least doubled when the presentation is finalised at the show’s AGM in October.

Organising committee chair Richard Edwards said “It was a fantastic show, but with some mixed emotions.

“Our thoughts were very much with absent friends; for the recovery in hospital of show judge Ray Worsley and regular exhibitor Pat Edwardes, and of course with the recent loss of our dear friend and auctioneer Trevor Fry.

However, with the euphoria of such a successful and well supported show, we were all lifted and with the local community enjoyed a fabulous day.”

A full set of the shows results can be found on Pilning Flower Show’s Facebook page

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