The Rye in Bloom committee were absolutely delighted with the fantastic turn out of entries and visitors to their first Flower and Vegetable Show at the Community Centre last Saturday. Entries from all over Rye and surrounding areas came in thick and fast and there were over 160 exhibits of fruit, vegetables, handicraft and flowers on display showing how versatile and keen Rye gardeners are.
The Allotment Society put together a beautiful and colourful stand of photographs and produce and Mr. Brian Nettle very kindly brought along his amazing range of Bonsai Trees to add interest to the day. The Landgate WI were busy throughout
the afternoon providing refreshments and the Rye in Bloom Tombola was a sell out.
The four professional judges who gave up their time to help really had their work cut out tasting, measuring and deliberating on the results. Mrs.Janine Doulton, the fruit, vegetable and cut flower judge from the Kent Federation of Horticultural Societies commented that she was “very impressed with all the Rye in Bloom Committee efforts. The hall looked lovely, the tables were all well laid out and the classes beautifully presented. The quality of the vegetables particularly was very good and tohave 3 or 4 entries to a class was most commendable.Congratulations to you and your team on One of the ‘larger’ lots up for sale at the Bonfire Boys Auction of Promises, held recently at The
George Hotel was Section Fives’ large band of merry drummers. The promise to play was purchased by the Riverhaven Hotel on The Strand Quay. what was an excellent first show and I am sure itwill go from strength to strength.”
At the end of a very exciting afternoon Mrs.Priscilla Ryan kindly gave out themany prize winning certificates and spoke very warmly of the event.
The Best Overall Vegetable Entry, sponsored by Rye Town Council went to Mr. Brian Morris.The Best Overall Flower Entry, sponsored by The Old Forge Restaurant, went to Raine Goddard.The Best Overall Cookery Entry Prize, sponsored by Manor Farm Oast, went to Mrs. Helena Hudd.The Best Overall Floral Art Prize, sponsored by Rye Retreat, went to Mrs. Sylvia Boiling. The
Best Overall Arts Prize, sponsored by The Rye and Battle Observer, went to Mrs. Vivian Challans. The Best Overall Children’s Prize, sponsored by the Four Seasons Guest House, went to Alexandra Manktelow and the Best Overall Score in the
Show, sponsored by Rye in Bloom, was won by Mr. Brian Morris.
The Bloom committee are planning to make this show an annual event and look forward to even more entries next year.
From “Rye’s Own “ October 2005
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