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WHERE’S THE VEGGIES?: Lovely produce; shame about the missing people. Are local flower shows really on the way out? Can people simply not be bothered, or muster any interest, to take part in these quintessential of country gatherings? These thoughts were going through Brenda Reynolds’s mind on Saturday afternoon as the annual Isfield Flower Show drew to a close at the village hall. ‘There’s a few hundred people living in the village yet we got entries from just 25 people,’ said Brenda, chair of the show committee. ‘It’s quite disappointing, although it was good to see nine people exhibiting here for the first time. In the children’s classes we had only one entry. We sent fliers around the village and to the local school at Little Horsted, but that was the response. But despite the low numbers it was a pretty good show.’ That sentiment was echoed by Steve Saunders, from Newick, who judged the flower and vegetables classes ‘It’s about the best small show around,’ he said. Brenda added: ‘The dwindling entries seems to be a national trend. There’s plenty of queues of people wanting allotments around the country but they don’t seem interested in exhibiting for a bit of fun.’ Down to the nitty-gritty, and who won what. Alan Cox retained the Forget-Me-Not Challenge Cup for the most points in the vegetables and fruit classes; Another retainer was Wendy Chandler, who won the Anne Segrave Challenge Cup for the member of the Isfield Forget-Me-Not Club with the highest total of points in all classes; Alan Cox again retained the Isfield Flower Challenge Cup for highest points in the flowers classes; Jennifer Leech took the Wright Cup for most points in flower arranging; Joint-winners of the Club Rose Bowl for most points in the preserves and home cookery section were Sues Crawford and Carol Hartley; Ron Harrington walked away with the Joan William Cup for best entry in show; and Sophie Carpenter was best junior exhibitor with her delightful flower arrangement. The show is organised by Isfield’s Forget-Me-Not Club, with support from KPS, and any profits go towards the running of the club for over-55s. Just a thought… I guess that it would not take too much effort for a few folk to pick a few flowers or veggies from their gardens on the morning of next year’s show and, maybe, be in for a prize surprise. The club meet fortnightly at Isfield Village Hall, with a talk by David Sale arranged for September 2. His topic: 33 Years on the Streets of Lewes.

FILM SHOW: Support for Isfield’s recently-formed film club at the village hall has been a bit patchy. So, use it or lose it! Coming up on the big screen tomorrow (Saturday) is Moonrise Kingdom (directed by Wes Anderson, also director of The Grand Budapest Hotel). The film is a mix of romance, comedy and drama, set in 1965, and centres on a pair of 12-year-olds who decide to run away together. Cue the inevitable search party, featuring the likes of Bill Murray, Bruce Willis and Frances McDormand, and the scene is set for one of Anderson’s trademark off-the-wall pieces of cinema. Quirky, funny and with a real identity that sets it apart. Doors open 6.45pm; film starts 7.30pm; tickets £6 on the door including a complimentary glass of wine and nibbles. Take your own refreshments, too, if you wish.

CHURCH SERVICES: St Margaret’s, Isfield (10am): First Sunday of the month, Holy Communion; second, Matins; third, Holy Communion; fourth, Family; fifth, Holy Communion. St Michael’s, Little Horsted: First Sunday, Communion (11am); second, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am); third, Family service, (11am); fourth and fifth, Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer (8am).

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