ICKENHAM’S GOT TALENT!
“One of the best shows we have ever had”, was Ickenham & Swakeleys Horticultural Society’s Chairman Graham Tarling’s verdict on their annual Spring Show. And the National Daffodil Society judge said it was one of the best displays he’d seen this season. They were both right!
There were 50 exhibitors and 280 entries, including no less than 10 gingerbread loaves in the men’s cookery challenge. The children’s exhibits were exceptional, as was the wine and so it went on. President Roger Trigg won the Certificate of Merit for the best vase of daffodils amidst great competition.
Very topical in this, Her Majesty’s Jubilee Year, was Rosemary Murrell’s craft entry – a knitted depiction of the Royal couple, complete with knitted corgis! Rosemary told us she has concentrated on knitting since her retirement from her role as a Legal Secretary. Among her other recent achievements was a Christmas scene entitled ‘Knitivity’.
Dennis Brownlie was described by Show Secretary Patt Trigg as a “man of many parts”, when it was revealed he had won First Prizes for Art, Woodcraft, Tulips and his Easter Cake. He also successfully entered Pansies, a Single Tulip and a Succulent. Only his Gingerbread failed to cut the mustard with the judges!
Presenting the prizes, Doug Neilson, Vice Chair of the Ickenham Festival, thanked the exhibitors for their skill, the Committee and judges for their hard work and the many supporters for attending. He reminded us that this was Ickenham Festival year (16 – 24th June) and that among the many successful ingredients of the Festival was the popular open garden displays by Ickenham residents, for which entry forms were available. Another chance for Society members (and others) to show that Ickenham has got talent indeed!