Having expressed the hope in the last Parish News that the weather would improve for the remainder of our summer activities, lo and behold! it did.
We spent a very pleasant evening at Orchard House, Coed Morgan and the Sun shone even more brightly for us at our annual Garden Party in July. This year we were invited to Parva Barns and afterwards gave a heartfelt vote of thanks to Maureen and Peter Davey and Reg Bisson (not forgetting Baz) for allowing us to tramp all over their garden, play clock golf on the lawn and generally make nuisances of ourselves.
And then came Show Day - the morning went well; exhibits were staged; judges made their decisions, and then just when we hoped to see visitors and villagers flocking to find out the results of our labours, the heavens opened and the rest of the day was washed out. So, for those of you unable to join us for the presentation of trophies, the winner in the flower and vegetable sections was Mr Brian Young (who also won Best in Show for his bowl of roses) with Mr Doug Pickering as runner-up. Mrs Jean Bathgate won the cup in the cookery section and the other Best in Show award went to Miss Catherine Mitchely for her soft toy. So, honours won and the Village Hall cleared, we picked our way home through the puddles to a well earned "cuppa".
Next month, we begin our series of Autumn meetings with an illustrated talk by Mr Colin Titcombe entitled "Wentwood Forest". If you are interested, we meet at 7.30pm on the third Friday in each month and would be delighted to see some new faces as we start a new term.
Since our annual show in August we have enjoyed two meetings in the Village Hall, one showing the evolution of Wentwood Forest over the ages and the other giving us some idea of Monmouth's development since the turn of the century. Both were so different in subject matter yet made fascinating by the enthusiasm of the speakers.
We have had two County events in October, the first being the Harvest Festival held this year at Shirenewton and attended by members of all the affiliated VPAs. Several hundred pounds were raised for various charities when garden produce was auctioned after the service and supper.
The second was the County AGM at which the results of the Spring and Summer garden competitions were announced. We always seem to do well and this year was no exception. Congratulations go to Miss Judith Russill and Mrs Jean Bathgate who came first and third respectively in the Spring feature section with Judith also gaining third place in the Spring garden section and to Mr Brian Young who came second in the Summer vegetable garden section.
Laurels are now being rested upon until the growing season comes round again and in the meantime we can enjoy our monthly meetings and a gardening life of relative ease.