Outside it was a grey afternoon, but Chipperfield Village Hall was ablaze with colour and beauty as the autumn show opened its doors.
Dahlias in all their many delightful forms and colours, regal chrysanthemums with perfect sculptured petals, late velvety roses, stately gladioli and vases of mixed blooms were a feast for the eye.
There was rows upon row of vegetables, from king sized onions and leeks and leafy celery, to salad vegetables and chilli plants, then fruits including pears, plums and apples were a feast for the table.
One of the horticultural judges said that this show, in his view, was the best ever for Chipperfield and of an extremely high standard superior even to the County Show.
The floral art section surpassed itself with breathtaking and skilled arrangements in all three classes, and the handicrafts showed yet again that we are lucky to have such talented people exhibit here.
The domestic section was a picture in itself with the jewel colours of jams and jellies, delicious cakes, biscuits and bread demonstrating the high quality of culinary arts.
There was a record number of entries for the three photography sections, making judging a challenge with the varied and interesting interpretations of the subjects.
Youngsters entered the junior section, which featured animals made from fruit and vegetables. There was also a collection of colourful and exuberant bookmarks, largely contributed by 23 members of a local Brownie pack.
The misshapen vegetables and the longest runner bean finished off the show on a fun note.
Frank Venables received the The Silver Rose Bowl for most points overall in fruit, vegetables and flowers and the GA Usher Challenge Bowl for most points for flowers.
The W. Bates Cup for runner up to the Silver Rose Bowl went to John Hopkins who also won The Timberlake Cup for the best exhibit of onions and a special prize of one load of manure donated by Roger Pritchard for most points in vegetables.
The H.Butcher Cup for most points for chrysanthemums was awarded to Doug Leslie who also won the National Chrysanthemum Society Medal for best chrysanthemum exhibit in the show.
Linda Venables claimed the Peter Franz Cup for most points for domestic sections over the whole year.
The Mrs. C.P. Brousson Challenge Trophy for most points for floral art over the year was awarded to Ann Rees who also won the Handicraft Trophy for most points over the whole year.
The Liz Holliday Cup for most points for photography over the whole year went to Mo Barton.
The National Dahlia Society Medal for best dahlia exhibit in Show was awarded to Alec Parker.
In floral art first prize went to Sue Tyler, second to Bethan Rees-Whybrow and third place was awarded to Ann Rees.