There was a sunny outlook for this year’s Grade Ruan Autumn Show, both outside and inside the village hall where there was a happy atmosphere.
A good crowd turned out to view the work of 124 exhibitors, who produced well over 800 entries.
The judges enjoyed their work and in many areas the competition was hard fought, especially in the photography, vegetables, cookery and preserves classes.
The show was opened by Dr Christopher Cuff, part of the medical dynasty that has been serving the Lizard Peninsula for more than 40 years.
He praised all the hard work involved in organising and entering community events such as the village show.
His choice of best in show was awarded to Nicola Parkman of Mullion, who produced a huge sample of needlework that must have taken many hours to complete. The centre piece of the show was the bench of vegetables, which were of a high quality with four-foot long parsnips, carrots and leeks. From these Alec Foreman’s long carrots were judged best vegetables.
The cookery judge had the longest job of the day but after much deliberation a moist Dundee cake baked by show veteran Frances Hosken was given the best in cookery. Mandy Pound gained most points in the cookery.
Meanwhile the standard of photography was agreed to be the best ever and a placing this year should be much prized.
Trophy winners: Best overall exhibit, Nicola Parkman; Most points in the Show, David Endean; Grade Ruan parishioner with most points in show, David Endean; Most points in show up to 16 years, Lucy Green; Most points Flower and Vegetable Classes, Clarence Thomas; Best exhibit in fuchsia and rose classes, Audrey Mundy; Most points in flower classes, David Endean; Most points in fruit classes, Doug Stevens; Best Collection of Herbs, Andrea Betty; Most points in Vegetables by Grade Ruan Parishioner, David Endean; Most Points in flowers by a Grade Ruan Parishioner, David Endean; Best Exhibit in class 30 display, David Endean; Most Points in Floral Art classes, David Endean; Most Points in Preserve classes, Susan Floyd; Most points in Cookery classes, Mandy Pound; Most Points in Cookery by Grade Ruan Parishioner, Elizabeth Endean; Best Exhibit in Cookery Classes, Frances Hosken; Best exhibit in Cookery by under 18 years old, Lauren Birchmore; Most points Farm Produce, Alan Combellack; Most points in Handicraft classes 123-144, Linda Lewis; Most points classes 133-162 by a Grade Ruan Parishioner, Andrew Fletcher; Best Exhibit in Needlework/ Knitting & crochet, Nicola Parkman; Most points under 18 Photography, Lauren Birchmore; Best Exhibit under 18 Photography, Lauren Birchmore; Best exhibit in Photography Grade Ruan Parishioner, Andrew Fletcher; Most points Grade Ruan School Pupil classes 170 to 187, Chloe Price and Mailli Carter. Best Exhibit in each School Year: reception Elizabeth Shearer; 1, Mailli Carter; 2, Thalia Hardy, 3, Jack Sherratt; 4, Toby Fletcher; 5, Grace Turner; 6, Ellie Rose. Most points Grade Ruan Parish child Classes 163 to 187: Boy, Matthew Price; Girl, Lucy Green.
Best in section winners: Flowers, David Endean; Floral Art, Brenda Lawrence; Vegetables, Alec Foreman; Fruit, Doug Stevens; Preserves, Rosemary Bray; Cookery, Frances Hosken; Farm Produce, Doug Stevens; Needlework, Nicola Parkman; Knitting and Crochet, Linda Lewis; Arts and Crafts, Roo Jumanjy; Photography, John Hocking; Children 12 to 16, Jonathan Kitto; Children 8 to 11, Chloe Price; Children up to 7, Emily Stedman.