Friday, 17 September 2021

Village show attracts crowds with perfect arrangements

HUNDREDS of people attended this year’s Sonning show and fete.

HUNDREDS of people attended this year’s Sonning show and fete.

The event, held in the grounds of Sonning Primary School, featured dozens of stalls and fairground games as well as a flower, produce and cookery contest.

Twenty-one awards were presented, including the Wethered Flower Cup for the overall winner, which went to Oliver Vass.

Jane Harvey won the Mavis Smith Cup for best floral arrangement while the prizes for the child and infant with most points went to Eve and Grace Carr respectively.

Tomas Frost, 11, a former pupil of the primary school, won the Sonning Glebe Women’s Institute Cup for best Victoria sponge.



Mary Winnett, who was competing for the first time, won the open flower class. She and her friend Diane West, another newcomer, also submitted two joint entries.

The fete included a performance by the village’s Dancercise group and a Maypole dance by school pupils.

There was an art exhibition, a display of model trains, a bouncy castle and a beer tent and barbecue run by the village’s working men’s club. The day ended with tug of war tournament which was won by a team of teachers and parents.

Headteacher Jill Kelsall allowed pupils to gunge her in exchange for a donation to school funds. Members of the Sonning Glebe Women’s Institute, which celebrated its 50th anniversary this year, were serving teas the entire day.

Organiser Carole Collier said: “It was an absolutely amazing day and I’m sure attendance was up on last year. The weather helped but it was an excellent turnout considering we held it a week later than usual. We had lots of entries in the floral section and saw some amazing arrangements.”

The results were as follows:

The Brutton Cup for preserves and cookery — Victoria Simpson

The Sonning Glebe WI Cup for best Victoria sandwich — Tomas Frost

The Jubilee Cup for men’s entries — John Argent

The Hillier Cup for most points in the vegetable section — Lynn Woodhouse

The Nobby Clark onion cup — Lynda Flawn

The Les Moss tankard for four kinds of vegetable — Carolyne Doyle

The David Penny pumpkin trophy — David Vass

The Catton Cup for hanging basket — Enid Harvey

The Sonning Floral Arrangement Society prize for semi-imposed class — Jane Harvey

The Sonning Floral Arrangement Society prize for open class — Mary Winnett

The Sonning Floral Arrangement Society prize for members — Yvonne Hatcher

The Mavis Smith Cup for best flower arrangement — Jane Harvey

The Bill Gallimore trophy for best craft exhibit — John Creed

The British Legion Cup for best art exhibit — Jean Hutchinson

The Martha Angel Centenary Cup for most interesting exhibit — Ken Trimmings

The Wethered Flower Cup for overall winner — Oliver Vass

The White Hart Cup for children — Eve Carr

£10 prize for infants — Grace Carr

The Pegs Egg Challenge — Ryan and Richard Pownall

Tug of war — Sonning Primary School

The George Lamb Trophy — Heather Neal



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