Horticultural society’s first virtual summer show a success

Rachel Sykes, winner of the potato in a bucket competition

THE Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society has hailed its first virtual show a success with nearly 80 entries from more than 40 people.

The virtual Summer Flower and Produce Fair replaced the society’s regular show as a new approach to dealing with coronavirus restrictions. 

Entries were received in ten classes with the popular potato in a bucket competition attracting more than 20 entries. 

Rachel Sykes displayed the largest yield of potatoes, achieving 1.708kg from a single tuber.

Society members in Barnes Meadow, Uplyme held their own informal competition with a miniature cup being awarded to Mike Jenkins for his 854g.

Jam jar of flowers by Liz Davis

Fruit, flowers and veg all featured excellent entries, and with the show being virtual, the society even had entries from as far afield as Castle Cary in Somerset.

Entrants also got creative with their chocolate cakes, with a birthday celebration cake and a coronavirus cake!

The photography competition theme of ‘Life during Lockdown’ saw exhibits ranging from lush gardens and very large veg, through family get-togethers, to the cruise ships moored in Weymouth Bay. 

For society member Anita Routley however, her lockdown featured a 24-hour online board games session from 12noon on Saturday, May 30 to 12noon on Sunday 31st.  She played against friends and family from Lyme Regis, Newton Abbot, Aberdeen and Vancouver, Canada and raised more than £650 for Cancer Research UK.

All the entries can be viewed on the Summer Show 2020 page of the society’s website at www.ulrhs.wordpress.com.

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Francesca grew up in Lyme Regis and has worked in community journalism in the area since 2011, having gained a First Class Honours degree in journalism and her NCTJ qualifications at Southampton Solent University.

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