Willingham by Stow’s 70th Horticultural Show
President, Margaret Smith, welcomed all the visitors to the show, held on 24th September, and thanked the exhibitors, judges and the committee for putting on such a wonderful display of garden produce, baking, art, photography and handicrafts. She said that she was sure that the villagers of 1946 would have been amazed at the thought that the show would still be going so strong 70 years later. She then introduced Reverend Pam Rose to present the trophies.
Rev. Pam said that she was thrilled to have been asked to open the Show. She said that the standard of entries was fantastic and was glad that she had not been one of the judges, who must have had a difficult job to perform. She felt that the future of the show over the next 70 years was assured, particularly looking at the participation and talent of many youngsters from the village.
Rev. Pam then presented the trophies for the various classes. The Aggregate Cup for the person with the most overall points at the show was jointly won by Gary Tyson and Helen Panter. The Children’s Aggregate Cup was won by Elsie Bingham.
Following the trophy presentations and the raffle, Matthew Bates held an excellent auction of produce from the show, money raised goes towards the running of next year’s show. The committee are very grateful to the many people who helped make the show such a success, particularly to the teachers of Sturton School, the Cub leaders, the ladies who organised the summer Craft Club and, not least, to the parents for their encouragement of the youngsters’ endeavours.