The thirty-third annual Foston, Brigham, Gembling and Kelk village show was hailed a great success.
The show attracted exhibits from seventy-five local people and friends of the community.
Foston Parish Hall was full of fabulous exhibits. The reasonable weather ensured there was a bumper crop of vegetables entered in the classes. Flower classes were also well represented, and the home produce classes filled the air with a wonderful sweet aroma from the many fruit loaves, meringues and Victoria sandwiches.
Bumper entries in lots of the classes made the job of judging an unenviable task for those volunteers who spent lots of time choosing winners and runner ups. This year’s judges were Sally Ewbank , handicrafts and children’s classes, Yvonne Elliott, home produce, Mark and David Gillyon-Powell, vegetables and flower classes. Simon Minns, from local grain merchants James Mortimer, once again judged the farm produce and photography. Simon is the longest serving judge, having done the job for at least the last thirteen years. The village hall committee are extremely grateful to all the judges who gave up their Saturday morning to do this very difficult job. Chairman of the committee Tim Sellers was delighted with the enthusiasm shown by all the judges, who took time to write comments for the exhibitors.
The more pleasurable job of presenting the cups and trophies was done by two villagers who for many years have been involved in all village activities. Mary Wilson and Gill Gordon were asked to do the job in recognition of all the hours they have both given to the show since it started in 1981.
The first trophy presented,the Harold Tate Cup for most points in the vegetable classes, went to Brian Robinson with David Watt the runner up. The John Toynton cup, for the most points in the soft fruit classes, had joint winners Alison Deighton and Andrew Cook, and also joint runners up with Lucy Atkin and Margaret Clapson.
Kay Watt was presented with the Church Farm cup for winning the home produce classes, with Alison Deighton the runner up.
The children’s section was slightly depleted with a lack of entries due to the closure of Gembling School. However there were still some very worthy winners, who had been busy making and baking in the run up to the big day. The Carr House Cup for the four and under age group went for the second year running to a delighted Charles Cherry. Matilda Cherry made it a family double by winning the Oak Tree cup for the five to seven year old classes, with Reuben Dixon the runner up. It was Reuben’s big brother Toby who won the eight to eleven year old classes, being presented with the Farnsworth Shield, with Freddie Parsonage runner up.
Newcomer to the show, Melissa Found, was awarded with the John and Mary Bracegirdle Shield for the twelve to sixteen year old classes. Well done Melissa.
The flower-arranging classes were well supported and it was Joan Naylor who took pole position with her amazing arrangement for the ‘Tour de France’. Joan wasn’t presented with the yellow shirt; however she did receive the Old Vicarage cup for her beautiful exhibits. Susan Flanagan was the runner up. The Fred and Mary Gibson cup, for the most points in flowers, excluding arrangements, went to Gill Gordon, who luckily could rely on fellow presenter Mary Wilson to give her the cup! Joyce Cook came second in these classes.
The Park House trophy for the farm produce classes was presented to Ken Tate, with James Hopper and young farmer Ben Parsonage in second place. The Holmlea trophy for the best exhibit in needlework went to the extremely talented Joyce Cook, who always shows the most wonderful creations. Second place had a joint finish with mum and daughter Wendy Luty and Josie Clark tying. The Foston handicraft award was won by Josie Clark with her clip rug taking first place in the recycled item category. Runner up for the handicraft section was Yvonne Elliott.
Beating everyone yet again in the photography section was the talented young photographer Jacob Fussey, who won the ‘person’ class with a great photograph of his Dad Gary, and also won the black and white class with an outstanding image of a steam train, taken at Burton Agnes the other week. Susan Flanagan was the runner up.
Speaking after the day, committee member Janet Robinson said “It was an excellent show, well worth the effort required to organise such an event.” Fellow committee member John Tickle commented that “The Judges were extremely pleased with the standard of all the exhibits. The committee would like to thank everyone who continues to make this event and other events held at the Parish Hall, such as the regular film night and the pub night, a success.