Bloomin’ smashing: Whaley’s Flower Show

Whaley Bridge’s annual Flower Show, held In the Bowling Club on Saturday 10 September,  was a great success.  There were dahlias, chrysanthemums and onions  “as big as yer ‘ead”, a 25lb -plus cabbage, some sensational baking and craftwork , and imaginative  animal life created from vegetables by children.  Attendance on a bright autumn day was excellent, and the usual auction of entries at the end of the show was great fun, with bidders vying for coconut home made wine, giant onions, bunches of flowers and home made cakes,flans and puddings.

The camera spotted some good examples from the many entries:

That giant cabbage won a first prize for Peter Bowling.  It was at least 15 inches across.  He planned to cut it up into sections to give to neighbours in Jodrell Road.

Peter Bowling with his giant cabbage

Dot Blamey had made a  special birthday cake for husband Frank, a keen fisherman.  It showed him  in a little   boat on top of the cake, fishing to catch what was in the icing, sponge, cream and marzipan below.

Dot Blamey and prize-winning birthday cake

Barbara Oldham was pleased with her dahlias, which picked up a first and second prize.

Barbara Oldham with her vivid dahlias

A lot of people liked the imaginative lobster, made from carrots by six year old prizewinner Charlie Pattison.

Amazing: lobster made from carrots

Everywhere, there were vivid displays of flowers.  It may have been a damp August, but the growers of Whaley Bridge coped well.


Wherever you looked, brilliant flower displays…

… and flower arrangements by the children


Stunning colours


Season of mellow fruits: Whaley plums and damsons

Winners of the cups, trophies and diplomas were: 

Dobson Cup for vegetable classes:  Ian Hill.

Bonsall  Cup for flower classes: Judith Torrington

Garden News Shield for roses: Keith Sweetmore.

Campbell Cup for sweet peas: Judith Torrington.

Council Cup for most points in show:  Judith Torrington.

Joseph Ford Cup, children’s class 3: Callum Barr.

WB Manufacturing Cup, textile work: Judith Torrington.

Coulson Vase, best buttonhole: Janet Stores.

Mrs Lee Cup, home baking and cooking:  Margaret Cottrell.

William Boston Cup, class 2:  N Pennington.

Chairman’s Cup,  pot plants and vases: G Shirt.

Sullivan Plate, children’s class 1: Rudy Foy.

Stampiton Cup, handicrafts: Robert Shirt.

Gerald Slater Shield, photography: L V Brown.

Les Derrick Plate, runner-up, most points in show: G Shirt.

Rose Queen Cup, most points, children: Katie Barr,

Rhoda Griffin Rose Bowl, home made wine, P G Farriday.

Roger’s Rose, best overall: L Jenkins.

Scroll down for pictures of the trophy presentations by Councillor Jon Goldfinch, Chairman. Whaley Bridge Town Council. 

Jon said:  ” I have nothing but praise for the way this event was organized and run, the great venue, and for the hard work and effort of the organizers and those who entered items into the show. I have never seen onions and cabbages so large, nor  flower displays so radiant. The childrens entries were great too, with my particular favorite being the carrot lobster. The auction at the end was great fun, and if you havn’t attended or entered this community event before I thoroughly reccommend you do so next year (2nd Sat in Sept)- and bring some cash for the auction ! Thanks also to the maker of that very tasty flan, made with 8 eggs and panchetta ham, that I won in the auction – very nice indeed.   “ 

  congratulates the officials and committee for another excellent show. It brought great pleasure to many people, and adds to the sense of community in Whaley Bridge. Entry rules for next year can be had from Mr Heathcote 01663 733466 ,