The show starts below after a couple of entries detailing the winners of the show awards and the RHS Banksian Medal. However, whether a winner of an award or not, the thanks of the Club and the organisers go to all those who contributed to the show in any form whatsoever! It was also encouraging to see the awards being distributed over a wide selection of entrants, including a number of new or inexperienced exhibitors.
After the trial run for an online Summer Show, we also held this Village Show - our main annual show event - online as well, as we could not gather in St Agatha's, as we would normally do. We learned a fair bit from the Summer version, and we also think that it encouraged people to enter as it gave some idea of what to expect - it must have done, really, as we had nearly 235 entries in all, making a very decent show.
Of course, nearly 235 entries makes for a lot of pictures to scroll through, so we again advise sitting down with a strong cup of tea (or something much stronger, knowing our average membership), to enjoy all the glorious pictures as they scroll past. Each class is presented as a separate Blog post, hopefully in the correct order - don't forget to select the "Older Posts" option to move on to the next set of classes when you reach the end of each "page".
Our great thanks go to Sylvia Pocock, who once again took on the unenviable task of judging the exhibits for us. It is a novel experience trying to judge only from a single photo, when you would normally be able to pick up the entry and examine it in detail, and she has done a sterling job, and taken a great deal of care over it. You may not agree with all the decisions - so nothing different from a real show then (!) - but we know how difficult the job was and thank her for taking it all on. She was remarkably impressed with the effort you all made to reach almost 235!
We have also learned a great deal, and will be focusing on how we can use the knowledge to improve our shows in the future - we would never want the Autumn Show to go online permanently as it is a great live social event, but there are things that we can take away from the experience for the future. It is noticeable, for example,that members who are a little unsure about entering a live show are much happier taking photographs, widening the range of exhibitors and extending the reach of the show.
And, generally, thanks to you all for supporting the effort and keeping to keep the shows alive!