It was the splendid return of the West End, Windlesham & District Agricultural & Horticultural Society (Ag & Hort for short) last Saturday, and the sun turned out to welcome it.
The show organisers said that the number of show entries was up from 2019, although some categories were affected by a combination of weather and Covid. Covid obviously figured in the committee’s deliberations on the show, notably to hold the prize giving outdoors for the avoidance of the crush in Tringham Hall. That’s the only thing that I noticed being different to the last show, which is remarkable and a commendation to the organisers.
By holding back on giving my show report, I hope it’s given me a chance to not to be vainglorious about winning first prize in the Cacti class, and first prize in the Succulents class, nor to share my dear wife’s pleasure in winning first prize with her (spicy)cheese straws, or how delighted she was to win first prize in jewellery. We, as a family, entered eight exhibits, seven of which were placed.
Enough of the self-congratulatory stuff. The show has many helpers, all of whom make it easy to submit exhibits on the day. The indomitable Angela Astall – the Society President, was always around to offer advice and help.
The wide variety of categories makes for a show full of interest. There’s adult and children’s art and photography, always a pleasant diversion, and the poultry and pets were to admire. I was particularly drawn to a chinchilla, we faced one another for a minute or more. I wondered what he though of me gazing into it’s eyes, no suggestions please.
In the Hall the produce was, as ever, of the highest quality and wonderfully well presented. For our cacti and succulents all we had to do was put their best sides to the front. My winning cacti was a Echinocactus grusonii. It’s taken many years to get to the size, as shown in my photo, and has yet to flower. Sadly, having won, it can’t be exhibited again.