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Residents compete in Bovingdon and District Horticultural Society’s Autumn Show village bake off
Delectable lemon drizzle cakes and giant leeks competed for first prize at a "colourful" village show.
More than 36 competitors exhibited the produce of their kitchens and gardens in the Bovingdon and District Horticultural Society’s Autumn Show.
The event, which took place at Memorial Hall in Bovingdon’s High Street on Saturday, attracted more than 100 people.
The first show was held 35 years ago, and secretary Sue Miller said this year’s had been the best in recent years.
She added: "The lovely summer weather proved great for vegetables and fruit growers.
"Whereas previous years have attracted a lot of middle aged men exhibiting vegetables, this year we had a lot of younger people and women.
"People are more concerned about the provenance of their food and more and more are growing their own in allotments."
Mavis Lawrence beat off stiff competition to win first prize in the Bovingdon bake off.
Show secretary Sue Miller said: "Eight ladies and a man brought in lemon drizzle cakes they had made the night before and the judge examined them all and chose the best."
"Brave" Colin O’Donnell beat the women to win the prize for preserves and baking, Polly O'Donnell, 10, retained the junior cup for the fifth successive year with her miniature garden.
Doug Leslie won awards for the best chrysanthemums and vegetable exhibit.
The winners of the Bovingdon hanging basket competition, which was judged in July, also claimed their champagne prizes.
Each year the society arranges to provide the shops in the high street with hanging baskets.
This year 44 businesses took part and the winner was The Hospice of St Francis.
Mrs Miller added: "The show was a very pleasant day providing light hearted fun.
"We’re already looking forward to our next event, which will be a skittles evening in October to raise money for St Francis’s Hospice."
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