Slideshow: Hundreds flock to village flower show in Alfriston

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More than 300 visitors attended the Cuckmere Valley Horticultural Show which was held in the Alfriston War Memorial Hall earlier in the month.

The show, which took place over two days, attracts people from a wide area, and this year was no exception, with visitors from Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands, and even Japan.

A spokesman for the show said the visitors got to see the delights of a typical English village flower and produce show which was spiced up with some light hearted competition.

He said: “Despite the number of flower entries being down on last year, due to the difficult growing year, the vegetable entries were of an extremely high standard, and judge Malcom Moss commented that they were some of the best he had seen this year.

“Novice cups were won by Deborah Cova, Vanessa Bristow-Rose, Andrew Streeter, Adrian Butcher, and John and Avril Hughes. Adrian also won “Tony’s Trophy” for his delicious Iona Biscuits, made for the men’s baking competition.

“There were strong exhibits from local gardeners John Nicholson, Peter Bates, and Rosemary Wilde, but the main show cups were won by Ken Lloyd (2 cups for vegetables), Sheila Hamilton (2 cups for flowers and pot plants), Frances Stevens (2 cups for the domestic classes), and Heather Hurst for her flower arranging. Ken Lloyd also won “Best in Show “ for his trug of garden produce, but Alfriston allotment gardener Ian Thomas won the prestigious R.H.S. Banksian Medal for his high overall exhibits of fruit, flowers, and vegetables.”




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