Thursday, 24 June 2021

The golfing gardener

A KEEN gardener won the most trophies at a summer show but couldn’t be there to pick them up because

A KEEN gardener won the most trophies at a summer show but couldn’t be there to pick them up because he was on the golf course.

Dave Sexon, 66, was awarded three of the eight trophies that were up for grabs at the Goring Heath and Whitchurch show.

He entered 15 classes in the flower and vegetable sections and won 13.

As a result, he was awarded the cups for most points in the flower section and most points in the show while his roses won the best entry trophy.

Mr Sexon, 66, who has lived in Whitchurch Hill for more than 30 years, has been able to devote more time to his hobbies of gardening and golf since stepping down as Goring’s representative on Oxfordshire County Council in May.

He said: “Now that I’m retired I spend at least 15 hours a week on the garden and the rest of the time I play golf.

“I’m quite a keen gardener and especially enjoy growing roses and dahlias — it has been a long-standing hobby.

“I have more than 100 roses in my little garden but I like all kinds of flowers — I plant them in every available piece of ground I’ve got.”

Mr Sexon, who used to be headmaster of the Oratory Prep School in Goring Heath, has been captain of Henley Golf Club since March and was unable to attend the show as he was competing in a match.

His wife Susan attended on his behalf and told him the good news when he got home that night.

He said: “I was very pleased to hear it. I will definitely be competing again in future.”

Just 20 people submitted the 130 entries to the 14th annual show, which took place at Goring Heath parish hall.

Categories included flowers, fruit, vegetables, arts and crafts, flower arranging, photography, baking and a children’s section.

There were teas, home-made cakes and a raffle with prizes of gardening books, supplies and equipment.

Organiser Ann Lewis said: “We had a very pleasing and busy afternoon. Lots of members of the public came in to view the entries. It is a very well-supported event and the quality of entries was much improved on last year when we suffered poor growing weather.”

The full list of prize- winners is as follows:

The Whitchurch Hill Trophy for most points overall: Dave Sexon

The Betty Hayter Memorial Cup for most points in the flowers section: Dave Sexon

The Whitchurch and District Allotment Society Produce Cup for most points in the vegetables and fruit section: John Coupland

The Arts and Crafts Trophy for most points for flower arranging, art and handicraft: Ann Lewis

The Douglas Allardyce Memorial Rose Bowl for most outstanding exhibit in the vegetables, fruit and flowers sections: Dave Sexon

The Baking and Preserves Cup for most points in the baking and preserves section: Pam Wilkinson

The Photography Cup for most points in the photography section: David Pearson

The Children’s Cup for most points in the children’s section: Izzie and Henry Pickess

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