Village’s green-fingered residents in the spotlight

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GREEN-FINGERED entrants to East Dean and Friston Vegetable, Fruit and Flower Show were rewarded for their skills.

The event was well attended and John Eve, an experienced committee member and exhibitor, won four trophies.

He announced his retirement from the committee however, but promised to continue to enter into future shows.

He came up trumps in The Challenge Bowl for Roses, the Challenge Trophy for the best exhibit flower section, the William Armiger Memorial Challenge Cup and the Challenge Cup for Home Produce.

Cathy Hensman, secretary to the East Dean and Friston Vegetable, Fruit and Flower Show Committee said, “A big thank you to the sponsors, advertisers, exhibitors, visitors and the new committee who all supported the Flower Show and made it such a lovely and successful day.

“We also have to thank our local county councillor Stephen Shing for presenting the prizes.”

Cllr Shing added, “It was very encouraging to see an increase in children taking an interest at an early age and participating in the competition.

“With the difficulties and challenges many of the competitors faced this year, it was also very inspiring to see and hear how they overcame the extreme changes in weather in the drought periods and hosepipe bans.”

One exhibitor won three trophies while Roy Webb took the Dahlia Challenge Shield, the Elsie Armiger Memorial Trophy and the Fred Fuller Perpetual Cup for Gladioli.

In the children’s section trophies were awarded to Anna and Charlie Branson, Joshua and Emily Veitch and Georgie Woodford. Emily Veitch and Nuriya Powell each were awarded an RHS certificate for Outstanding Child’s Exhibits in their age groups.

For full results visit: www.eastdeanvillage.org.uk

Pictured: John Eve and Patrick Coulcher with Councillor Stephen Shing