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2023 – The best show yet!

“The best show yet.  “So much colour!” “Inspiring.”   These are just some of the compliments we heard repeated by the entrants and visitors to the Rye Flower and Veg Show which took place on Saturday 19th August at Rye Community Centre. 

The number of entries (311) exceeded all expectations and despite the slow start to the summer, then the heatwave in June followed by the rain and chill factor in July,  Rye’s gardeners excelled.

Our regular RHS judge, Will, was also impressed with the range and standard of the entries this year, and had a lot of trouble choosing a winner from the dozens of tomatoes on display. It was a good year for cucumbers too, all that rain in July we suspect!

The cookery section judges had a marathon task with a large selection of Tea Loaves, Flapjacks, Brownies, Sausage Rolls, Chutneys and much more to tackle.  Again, a very challenging but hopefully enjoyable (and filling) task.  The handicrafts and photographs were also impressive and displayed the wide variety of artistic skills that abound in Rye.

So to the winners –

Best Entry in the Flower & Vegetable Classes – The Tate Trophy – Geoffrey Austen

The RHS Banksian Medal – Liz Bamji,

The Turk Trophy – allotment holder with highest points – Pat Wightwick

Cookery Classes – Laurence Hudd

Photography classes – Lorna Hall

Handicraft – Shelley Gibbon

Longest Carrot in memory of Bill White – Pat Wightwick

Festival Challenge Bowl – Pat Wightwick

First prize Ornamental Gourds
Second prize – Basket of Fruit and Veg
First ,prize – Vase of garden flowers
First prize – flowers in an unusual container

We are lucky enough to have some very supportive businesses in town who placed adverts in our schedule and sponsored the prizes and we are very grateful for their ongoing help.  The show could not happen without them.

Thanks also to the Mayor of Rye, Andi Rivett who cheerfully and patiently handed over a multitude of certificates and prizes with the support of the Mayoral dog Sophie. 

Pat Wightwick and the Mayor of Rye
Geoffery Austen and the Mayor of Rye

A very big thank you too, to those who helped set up, Steward and clear up after the show.  Sue and Phil Mullane, Shelley & Richard Gibbon, Abigail Cooper-Hansen, Nick Roberts, Liz Bamji, Nigel Jennings, Kevin Hall, Andrew Bamji and Laurence Hudd.

Someone’s excited!
1st prize – public vote – image of a saying or phrase “Searching for a needle in a haystack”

Next year will be the 20th year of the Rye Flower & Vegetable Show and we are looking for ideas and inspiration to celebrate.  If you have any clever ideas or would like to see another class added to the schedule please send us a message on our website look forward to seeing you all again next year.

Lorna Hall, Helena Hudd & Shelley Gibbon, – co-organisers of Rye Flower & Veg Show.

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