DESPITE a difficult growing season due to the drought conditions there was a good display of flowers and other produce at the Broadwindsor Annual Show, organisers said.

They received a total of 373 entries (up on the 322 in 2021) from 60 people. Visitor numbers were also up at 143 compared with 117 last year.

As usual, the show had a wide variety of exhibits covering fruit and vegetables, flowers, flower arrangement, photography, homecraft, handicraft and a selection of classes for younger people.

Broadwindsor & District Horticultural Society chairman Brian Stone, who won a number of awards himself, said: "The quality of the entries was very high and it was particularly pleasing to see ones from people who had never entered the show before."

In the fruit and vegetables section, the winner was Bob Link. Second place went to Philip Coltart. The WL Giles Cup for the top tray was won by Bob Link and the Bennett Cup for the best onions was won by Kirsty Moore. In the flowers section, the overall winner was Brian Stone, who received the Jim Crabb Trophy. The Ian Jones Dahlia Cup and The Reg Hansford Trophy, for a vase of mixed flowers, were both won by Pauline Busk. The Doug Creed Trophy for the best perfumed rose was won by Jo Love. The Bob Wills Hydrangea Cup was won by Derek Parkes. In the flower arrangement section, the Floral Challenge Cup was won by Kirsty Moore and the Leonard Studley Cup for the best buttonhole was won by Jenny Curtis.

In the photographic section both trophies went to show newcomers, with the Jubilee Photographic Cup for the best photo being won by Zoe Wilkins and Philip Gough taking the Photographic Trophy for the most points in the section. In the homecraft section, the WI Challenge Cup and the Richard Thornburgh Chutney Challenge Trophy were both won by Jenny Curtis. The Maurice Yarham Cordial Trophy was won by Annette Middleton-Burke. In the handicraft section, Neal Gibson won the Art Trophy and Bob Link won the Handicraft Cup. In the Young People’s section, Eden Nikolov won both the Children’s Cup for the most points and the Community Shop Cup for the best exhibit.

The winner of the Comrades Hall Cup for the highest total of points in the show was Brian Stone. The winner of the Best Garden/Allotment competition was Bob Link.