The Whatstandwell annual Craft & Produce show went off very successfully again this year. With a grand selection of cakes & biscuits, preserves, fruit and vegetables entered. Together with some very colourful floral displays, an interesting range of photos and a charming collection of garden dioramas in the children’s section. (These were particularly welcome in an age where children’s creative talents seem to be expressed more in their abilities to manipulate buttons on some sort of electronic gizmo.Once the judges had made their decisions and the prizes had been duly awarded, it was time to auction off the edible and decorative entries. With our regular auctioneer away on holiday, in stepped Ady Green who succeeded in whipping the prospective purchasers into a bidding frenzy. In their pursuit of quality produce bidders were swept along on a wave of wanton expenditure. Why, even the author’s own spouse could barely be restrained from parting with the entire weekly shopping allowance on what can only be described as luxury items. Such was the enthusiasm that one particular bidder, arriving hastily and late to the proceedings, made a remarkably high (and successful) bid for a lot that he had not even seen. Well done sir!
Many thanks to all who took part, either as organisers, entrants or bidders; without whom there would be no Show. And of course a big thanks to Mick and Christine at the Family Tree for hosting the event.
We all look forward to “raising the bar” at next year’s show, perhaps with the reintroduction of a Crafts section as in previous years.