Produce and Handicraft Show
Old Buckenham held its annual Produce and Handicraft Show on Sunday 12 September in the Village Hall. This event, organised by Old Buckenham WI, was even more popular than ever and attracted hundreds of entries both from the village and from various exhibitors in the surrounding area. The produce and handicraft items were displayed around two rooms in the hall and the judges were kept busy during the morning deciding on the best exhibits.
There was some serious competition in many of the classes, particularly the preserves, cookery and vegetables, and this provided plenty for all the visitors to see in the afternoon. Some inhabitants of Mill Road continued to have their own challenges, particularly in the men’s cookingwith nine entries in the rock cakes class, which brought some added spice to the competition.
The trophies and other prizes were presented by Ron Brewer, the village newsletter editor. It was a good afternoon for Olive Shickle who collected the prize for the flower classes with the pot plant award going to John Frost. Debbie Thomas from Stacksford came top in the preserves and won the prize for cookery. The wine prize was shared between Peter Gedge from Stacksford and John Brand from Attleborough. It was very competitive in the vegetable and fruit classes with Ray Snow from Banham managing to score the most points and also taking the award for the best tray of vegetables. Betty Stacey from Attleborough won the trophy for the handicraft section with Shirley Penfold from Attleborough collecting the cup for the flower arranging classes. Pat Shearing won the shield for the Art section.
The children’s classes were very well supported, particularly by the local primary school, and produced some imaginative, interesting and colourful entries. Martha Richardson won the section for children under 7 with Natasha Askew taking first place for those between 8 and 11. Megan Richardson was successful in the over-twelve category while the special award for the best exhibit in all the children’s classes went to Toby Richardson for his Lego model.
This year the overall winner of the cup for the most points in the whole show was Ray Snow with 61 points, closely followed by Stuart Barker on 51 points.
Thanks to the generosity of many of the entrants the prize-giving was followed by a enjoyable auction of produce conducted by Mike Barlett. This provided many laughs, great bargains as well as raising useful funds in the process. The large raffle draw came next and the proceedings ended with Old Buckenham WI’s president, Susan Hunter, thanking all the WI members and others from the village who had worked so hard to ensure the event was both enjoyable and a success.