DESPITE dismal weather, Cheriton Fitzpaine Garden Club came up trumps again with a hall packed with colourful spring plants, flower arrangements, cookery, photography and children's classes in their Spring Show.

Once again, our Chairman, Andrew Dean gained the most points in the Show for his floral art, although Jacqui Baush was the people's choice.

The first-timers Cup went to Mary Walker.

There were several colourful flower arrangements by the children - Iris Wolverson won both the trophy and a certificate for being the People's choice.  Of the Rainbows, Phoebe Doyne-Ditmer came first with her crown made of recycled materials and Lucy Stevens won the Brownies Cup.

The Brownies also made Foam Cup bunnies, and Daisy Stephens won this class.  Lily-Ann Mackie won the best decorated egg and Phoebe Doyne-Ditmas, aged five years, won the Portrait of King Charles Class.

In the cookery section - many entries by men and women, Mary Burchmore made the best Victoria sponge cake, Graham Marshall four bread rolls, Susan Lew, four round shortbread biscuits and Vanessa Edwards, the cheese scones.

In the tearoom, visitors enjoyed magnificent cakes and tea, and four Garden Club members worked hard to supply them.

Andrew Dean thanked all those who had helped make the Exhibition such a success, especially Jeannine Rundle, Show Secretary, and her band of willing helpers, including Treasurer Dee Marshall.

Our year will continue with talks, demonstrations, social evenings and outings.  New members are always welcome.

Mary Nunn