The 69th Ellens Green & Rudgwick Summer Show took place on Saturday July 12 in perfect weather.
The Crawley Millennium Band played a selection of arrangements of songs from popular musicals next to the tea tent which carried out a brisk trade in refreshments and delicious home-made cakes.
There were many trade stalls, as well as the popular Bric-a-brac, Produce, Plant, Tombola and Raffle stalls. The traditional games were a great success with parents and children alike; the Coconut Shy, Cork gun, Skittles as well as the Tug of War which was won by the Sons of Thunder. The races were highly competitive, especially the Men’s Race where one competitor almost took to the air in his eagerness to win.
Following the judging, the Exhibition Marquee was opened to the public at 2pm. The scent from the sweetpeas and roses in the floral section was heady stuff, as were the exhibits themselves ranging from vegetables to photos, home-made liqueurs to children’s handicrafts.
The Companion Dog show, was held for the first time under the auspices of the Horsham and District Canine Society. The dogs behaved impeccably and appeared to enjoy their day in the sun as much as their proud owners.
Sue Beckwith-Smith presented the trophies.
The Lady Silkin Perpetual Cup - Rosie Jarratt
The R.G. Tullet Perpetual Memorial Cup - Dave Ockenden
The Rudgwick Rose Bowl - Irene Perry/Nicola Yuill
The Napper Perpetual memorial Bowl - Dave Ockenden
The Magpies Cup - Ian Clemens
The Frank Howard Memorial Trophy - Sashi Verrall
The Association Perpetual Cup - Jean Lawrence
The Lady Silkin Ladies Cup - Zoe Childs
The Cecilia Butcher Trophy - Jean Lawrence
The Children’s Perpetual Cup - Isla Saker
The Harry Jelley Memorial Cup - Lucy Tanner
The RHS Banksian Medal - Ian Clemens
The Gatwick Airport Community Trust Plate - Ben Tilley
The Rudgwick Tug-of-War Plate - Sons of Thunder
Report and pictures contributed by Kate Robertson, Hon Sec EG&RGA.