The sun shone on the Pilning Flower Show last Saturday, allowing organizers to use the open outdoor spaces at St Peter’s School again – a lesson learned from the 2021 Covid restrictions.

The entire main hall was used to show the displays of vegetables, flowers, fruit, jams, cakes, photographs, children’s entrees and crafts for adults.

Fears that entries were down, especially with the recent hot weather, failed to materialize with 385 entries from 55 competitors.

Show stalwart Edward England was the most successful competitor, winning five prizes in vegetables and flowers.

Gazette series: Edward England and Gill EdwardsEdward England and Gil Edwards

His total of 36 points was not enough to break Jim Gillespie’s 1991 record of 49 points.

Jim passed away earlier this year, but his family were on hand to present a new cup given in his memory for top pickles, won by Helen and Jon Oates.

A record was however broken in photography, with Bob Edwardes of Thornbury placing in each of the seven classes and scoring 16 points. Additionally, his wife Sue had two canned firsts and won a cup for the most baking points.

First prize for best show went to Catherine Fish for her beautifully created wool hare in the craft sections.

Gazette Series: Catherine Fish's Award-Winning HareCatherine Fish’s award-winning hare

The best entry from a resident of the parish was a batique and silk painting of a turtle by Beccy Latham Roberts. A full set of results will be posted on the Pilning Flower Show Facebook page.

Gazette Series: Batique and Painting on Silk by Beccy Latham RobertsBatique and painting on silk by Beccy Latham Roberts

The trophies were presented by Gill Edwards, representing the show’s main charity The Avon Center (RDA), who, along with the community defibrillators, later received checks from the show’s organizers.

Gazette Series: Catherine Fish with Gill EdwardsCatherine Fish with Gill Edwards

The presentations were followed by Nick Harley and Gary Sheppard’s auction of show proceeds and items donated by local people and businesses.

The best deals were made for ornamental trees and apple juice extraction services. The exceptional raffle concluded the events.

Organizers were delighted with the generosity of donors and attendees who dug deep, meaning a second major check can be presented to the Avon Center at the show’s AGM in October. The annual show will return on August 26, 2023.