Burghfield Common ‘Lionesses’ kick off Hatch Produce Show on day of World Cup semi-final
A village community has welcomed the return of its produce show after a 30-year absence.
On the same day the English Lionesses beat Australia 3-1 in the World Cup semi-final, the Burghfield ‘Lionesses’ put on their own display at the Methodist Church Hall.
The event, which was very well attended, saw tables packed full of vegetables, fruit, flowers, jams, chutneys, cakes and photos.
Judges did a thorough and efficient job of choosing the winners for each of the six categories.
The winners for each category were:
Vegetables: Heather Schofield
Fruit: Barry Richer
Flowers: Carmelita Watts
Flower Arranging: Laura Bartlett
Photography: Andy Frost
Domestic: Ann Gillis
The overall winner on the day was Carmelita Watts, who received the Jim Devine Trophy – presented to her by Mr Devine’s daughter Stephanie Awbery.
The overall runner up was Heather Schofield, who received the Burghfield Football Club Trophy.
Graham Harris thanked committee members Lita Watts, Ruth Allen and Shannon Wood for their hard work organising the event, with the help of Stephanie Awbery, the Berkshire Motor Show and Marianne Chandler from the Mortimer Show committee.
Organisers also wish to thank everyone who attended and those who helped serve teas, coffee and cakes, the stewards, the helpers running the bric-a-brac and plant stalls, as well as the volunteers who set up and disassembled the show.
Tilehurst Horticultural Association also helped plan and lend equipment.
Many generous local sponsors also contributed raffle prizes.
Business sponsors included: Worthingtons the Salon, The Six Bells, Burghfield Spices, Blind Date, Weller Fruit and Vegetable Shop, Dad’s Shop, The Pet Shop, Jemca Toyota Reading, Village Store, Davis Tate, Sheltec Services, Ashbrook Funeral Directors, and Teescroft electrical farmer Ben Kolosowski.