Picture gallery: Saffron Walden Spring Flower Show is a blooming success

SWHS Spring Flower Show

SWHS Spring Flower Show - Credit: Archant

ANY fears about the lack of daffodils due to the late arrival of spring were allayed on Saturday as Saffron Walden Horticultural Society’s Spring Show proved a blooming success.

SWHS Spring Flower Show

SWHS Spring Flower Show - Credit: Archant

A range of exhibits were set up in different classes which made of a lovely display area for visitors.

SWHS Spring Flower Show

SWHS Spring Flower Show - Credit: Archant

Robin Crouchman was awarded the Adams Harrison Cup for most points in the show, the Townley Cup for most points in the daffodil classes, and the Daffodil Society Medal for the best daffodil in the show. This was a narcissus with yellow petals and deeper cup called ‘Ombersley’.

The winner of the Ida Hawthorn Vase which is awarded to the grower of the best daffodil supplied by the society, flowering in a pot as grown, was vice chairman Ken Peck.

Other winners in the daffodil and floral classes were David Livermore, chairman Doreen Townley, John and Kath Bartram, Storm Bowden, Yvonne Bishop (who was awarded the Barnard Vase for most points in flower section), Janet Damary, Valerie Vidler, Helen O’Neill and Ruth Coe, who also took first prize for her arrangement ‘Take a Terracotta Pot’.


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In the domestic classes, Valerie Vidler was the winner of the Mincemeat & Marzipan Tea Breads (made to a given recipe); Helen O’Neill was awarded first prize for both Scotch pancakes and Chelsea buns; and Sarah Stott’s sausage rolls took first prize, as did her photograph entitled ‘Spring’. The best jar of marmalade was made by Kath Bartram.

In the junior classes, Lucy Henderson’s pretty basket of spring flowers won her first prize, and the Rickett Shield for Best Exhibit. Her ‘Sugar Mouse’ also won first prize.

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Ben Harris won the Townley Cup for his daffodil arrangement, and first prize for his vegetable boat, while Sam Harris won first prize for his drawing of a rabbit. Danielle Kidd’s photograph ‘My Big Adventure’ got first prize and also her decorated Hard Boiled Egg. Well done to all of you.

Chairman, Mrs Townley, thanked the mayor, Cllr David Watson, and the mayoress, who presented the trophies. She also thanked joint show secretaries Yvonne Bishop and Kate Chambers. Grateful thanks to Ridgeons, Tesco and Waitrose for their generous donations of raffle prizes for our 2013 Horticultural Shows.

The next show will be the Rose Show, which will take place on June 15 at the Golden Acre Community Centre. Doors open 2pm.

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