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West Wickham Gardening Club annual show draws in the crowds




Residents from West Wickham and the surrounding area helped raise £250 for the West Wickham & District Gardening Club at its annual show on Saturday, August 21.

Visitors could enjoy a range of exhibits as the event returned to the village hall following the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.

There were a total of seven trophies for entrants to win, with Sam Agnew winning four of them, including the Royal Horticultural Society Banksian Medal.

Some of the exhibits on display. Picture: Richard Marsham
Some of the exhibits on display. Picture: Richard Marsham

Sue Thurston, the organiser and co-ordinator of the event, said: "Sam did extremely well but had made a great effort this year. It is not usual that the same exhibitor wins so many of the classes but he was a very worthy winner."

Ciarán McNally won the Stand & Hilda Cox Cup, awarded to the highest points winner in domestic classes. The Ralph Westwood-Bate Cup was awarded to Lucy Cameron, as she collected the most points in the photography classes. The Children's Trophy was awarded to Cressida Cornish.

Sue added: “It went better than I expected.

Ciaran McNally with some of the jams he entered into the competition. Picture: Richard Marsham
Ciaran McNally with some of the jams he entered into the competition. Picture: Richard Marsham

“We had concerns about what people may have thought about Covid. Quite a lot of our membership is of the older age bracket.

“People from the surrounding villages were invited to exhibit their vegetables, flowers and fruit and have them judged."

The money raised for the club will put towards funding outings for the club members, as well as covering the cost of hiring speakers.

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