Community spirit in abundance at town’s horticultural show

The Ramsey Horticultural Show. ''Vegetable judging by David Hewitt, left, and Stuart Allanson

The Ramsey Horticultural Show. ''Vegetable judging by David Hewitt, left, and Stuart Allanson

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From roses to rhubarb and cabbages to cup cakes the Ramsey Horticultural Show saw an enthusiastic revival in entries.

Held as usual in the Methodist Church Hall, large numbers of entries poured through the door leaving the committee with the happy conundrum of how to fit everything onto the tables.

The standard of produce – particularly vegetables – was very high; largely attributed to entrants’ labour in the now established and popular allotments. Quilts, painted silks, tapestries, and a beautifully-made dolls house brought the handicrafts section into a league of its own but it was a magnificent begonia that stole the show and the Supreme Award.

The reserve best in show award went to dolls house creator Julia Wedgwood, while the top art award went to Janet Farrant and the Junior section Supreme Award went to Toby Crellin for his creative collage picture.

Show chairman Shirley Quaye spoke of the hard work that goes into staging the summer and spring shows, and the additional support that makes it all possible.

‘We have marvellous help from people who turn up to run the raffle, do the teas, help with the staging and the clearing up,’ said Shirley, adding her thanks to the judges.

‘They just arrive and get on with it, their help is invaluable. Our show director David Hewitt, treasurer Lorraine Moore, secretary Rheuben Thomas and trophy officer Liz Ten Donkelaar bear the brunt of the organisation but everyone chips in, it is a great deal of fun. Our event offers a wonderful opportunity to showcase traditional skills.’

Shirley added: ‘We were very grateful that Mrs Clare Christian, President of Tynwald, and a Vice President of the society, kindly stepped in to present the trophies when we discovered our guest presenter was unavailable at last minute. The show runs on that kind of community friendship.’

Anyone interested in helping with the shows or joining the committee can contact ramseyhorticulturalsociety@manx.net or Shirley on 815412.

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