Slimbridge Summer Flower Show exhibits the best in the area
Michael and Sheelagh Bowker with the Vera MacAulay, MBE, Memorial Vase which they have given to the Slimbridge Horticultural Society in memory of Sheelagh's mother Vera McAulay
FLOWERS, vegetables and various handmade arts and crafts were showcased to a large number of visitors at Slimbridge Gardening Club’s Summer Flower Show at the weekend.
Despite the rain on Saturday, over 100 visitors flocked to Slimbridge Village Hall to see green-fingered contestants battle it out in over 80 classes.
The entries showed off the best of what was available in the area including various vegetables, fruit, examples of cooking, flower arrangements and photography.
Children were also in on the fun with their own similar categories, split into age groups and included model-making as well.
Club chairman George Baker, popularly known as Geranium George, was particularly thankful for the efforts of the show’s manager Norma Griffiths for ensuring as many people entered as possible after an initial shortage before the event.
"Without her I do not think we would have had a show," he said.
"We had a good show in the end, a damn good show. There were lots of visitors.
"I am pleased to say due to the perseverance of Norma there was once again an excellent show of high quality exhibits."
At the presentation of trophies and prizes, a new cut-glass vase was donated by professor Mike and Dr Sheelagh Bowker, who travelled from Oxford to award it in memory of their mother Vera Macaulay MBE.
The well-known Slimbridge resident, who had lived on St John’s Road, was noted for her work in the community as she helped start the Cotswold Vale Talking Newspaper for the blind as well as being a Slimbridge WI member.
Ms Macaulay was also a secretary for the gardening club and Geranium George praised her efforts in the village.
"She was a remarkable woman in the area and was respected by everybody," he said.
A full list of winners will be published in a few days on the club’s website www.slimbridgegc.plus.com
For information on the 71-year-old club, contact Geranium George on 01453 890601 or via firstname.lastname@example.org
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