East Woodhay flower show double celebrations

Sibling nonagenarians scoop four cups on birthday anniversaries

Jane Meredith


Jane Meredith


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SIBLING nonagenarians had double cause for celebration after scooping four cups at East Woodhay Flower Show.

Held at, and in aid of, East Woodhay Village Hall, the show on Saturday, August 20, was opened at 2pm by villager Doris Webb, who celebrated her 95th birthday the same day.

She was presented with a bouquet by young members of her family to mark the occasion.

Together with her brother, Les Barber of  nearby Woolton Hill, who celebrated his 90th birthday the following week, they won four cups between them.

The icing on the cake for Mrs Webb on her birthday was winning the John Partridge Memorial Cup for the runner-up in Section B and the Bill James Cup for the begonia class.

Mr Barber also won two trophies – the Hayes Challenge Cup, awarded to the exhibitor with the most points in sections A and B, and the Canon Stephenson Cup for the best roses.

Tables were groaning with cakes and bakes, and a steady stream of visitors were entertained by the sounds of East Woodhay Silver Band, with teas, refreshments and an auction.

“It went extremely well, considering the weather,” said show secretary, Diana Brindley.

The dog show made a welcome return this year, after several years’ absence.

New this year and equally popular was a schools competition, supported by Woolton Hill juniors, St Thomas’ infants and St Martin’s primary, with a display of art by pupils.

Alex Powell won the Les Barber Cup in the children’s classes (5-8 age group).

Les Wallace of Kingsclere was also among the trophy winners for his prize-winning dahlias. 

The amount of funds raised for the village hall has yet to be confirmed. 

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