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Photos: Su Leavesley
There was an extra event on Saturday at the annual produce show in the Village Hall: just before the auction of entries, the Club Chairman Sarah House was proud to present the Village Hall committee with a cheque for £900, from the Garden Club's activities this summer. The Village Hall is undergoing renovation and when the Garden Club decided to hold an open garden event in June, the proceeds were promised to the Village Hall to help things along. Much to everyone's surprise, £800 was raised; added to this was another £100 from the refreshment tent. Village Hall committee member Terry Henderson was very pleased to take delivery of the cheque, saying that it would be a great help, in addition to a Big Lottery Grant that had been approved recently. New windows and a coat of paint would be just the beginning.
Earlier in the day, members took as much care as possible making sure that the exhibits conformed to the schedule; a half inch out and the item is disqualified! Alison Walker is shown fiddling with her entry which proved to be slightly too short.
Exhibitors were allowed back in to the hall once the judges had decided who deserved a rosette, and many people were delighted to find one next to their entry. Along with flowers and vegetables there were cakes and jams, scones and pies. On the handicraft stall visitors were delighted to see a tea-cosy in the shape of a hedgehog.
Visitors were glad to sit down with their refreshments and wait for the auction and sale of work at the end. About £200 was raised for club funds.