Basingstoke Gazette: 6 sep 2012

Village Show Excitment

2012 09 061a

Jo Brennan, Natalie Larner & John Eckton(Judge)

Vegetables, flowers, cakes and crafts were proudly on display at an annual village show.
There were more than 400 items entered this year at the Sherfield-on-Loddon event, held in the village hall.
In its 46th year, the village tradition is still popular. However, Natalie Larner, Secretary of the Show, said horticultural entries were down in numbers this year.
She added: "It's because the weather made it a difficult year for growing but the quality of entries was very good. We had good numbers in the photographic and home produce categories and a lot of entries in the craft section. We would like to see more children enter, though."
A panel of professional judges selected the best in each category and the trophies and prizes were presented by Peggy Hutchins, manager of the Happy Faces playgroup based in the village hall.
Erin Cook, who entered in the junior classes, said: "I like the build-up. It's really exciting waiting to find out how I've done and I'm pleased to have won two cups."
Cliff Wythe won a cup in the "cake made by a man" category and John Attwood was presented with a number of horticultural trophies.
Money raised from the event will be donated to Guide and Scout groups in the village.
Mrs Larner added: "It's very important to keep the tradition going. The hall always looks lovely and always smells lovely because of the flowers and fruits. Thank you to all the people who helped - there was a lot of support."

Published: Basingstoke Gazette 6-Sep-2012
Picture: Sean Dillow