Goosnargh’s ‘Little Show’ highlighted talent and creativity galore.
This was evident from the moment the doors of the village hall opened on Saturday at 7.30am enabling a steady stream of villagers to place and arrange their exhibits for the 34th annual flower, produce and craft show.
From Chrysanthemums to Christmas cards, potatoes to photographs, all 96 classes were again very well supported at this ever-popular demonstration of community spirit with especially robust entries in the children’s sections.
Show chairman Juliet Price paid tribute to the hard-working committee and particularly thanked all those who had supported what has affectionately become known as the ‘Little Show’ by entering exhibits before calling upon show president Sheila Birkby to present the prizes.
Sheila congratulated all entrants and said she was especially impressed by the high quality of exhibits from the children.
In the children’s section the Dorothy Parker Cups for the most points in the three age groups were won by Elena Grixti (under six years) whilst the cups for both the under 12 and under 17 age groups were won by Matthew Waring. The Marian Kirby Cup and Shield for the Best Art Exhibit and the Craft Cup and Shield were both won by Lucie Alcock, and the Pat Fletcher Trophy for Flowers was won by Matthew Waring.
With most points in the open classes Mary Ibison took the WI Cup for flowers; Cyril Williams the WI Cup for vegetables; Sheila Warburton the Show Cup for preserves; Ann Rigby the WI Cup for confectionery and Ann Huddleston the WI Cup for handicrafts.
Cups and trophies for best exhibits were won by Paul Piner (George Woodburn Cup for flowers), May Ibison (Barton Grange Trophy for house plant), Sylvia Hand (Cyril Williams Cup for tomatoes), Peter Rigby (Alice Woodburn Trophy for patisserie), Jane Dunn (Ruth Dixon Millennium Trophy for handicraft), and Andrew Huddleston (Harold Warburton Cup for photograph).
Special prizes for best exhibit were also awarded to Fliss Pemberton (house plant/flowers), Cyril Williams (vegetables), Sheila Warburton (preserves), Peter Rigby (confectionery), and Jane Dunn (handicrafts), whilst Lucy Alcock took the special prize for both the Children’s Art and Children’s Crafts classes.
Overall winners of the Women’s Institute Cups were Matthew Waring (children’s section), Sheila Warburton (President’s Cup for WI member) and Elizabeth Harrison (open classes).
The afternoon concluded with a raffle and the customary auction of the excellent produce donated by the exhibitors.