Flower fans create charming show

ENTRIES for Beer’s 2010 charm chrysanthemum show were up on last year.

The event at the Mariners’ Hall on Sunday attracted 77 entries and 16 exhibitors, compared to 50 and 12 respectively last year. The poetry class was new this year and attracted three entries.

Beer Horticultural Society chairman Ursula Makepeace said: “Considering that it was a relatively quiet day in Beer, we are satisfied with the overall results.

“Growing charm chrysanthemums is a specialised enterprise - the plants need a fair amount of attention and weather plays an important part. It was encouraging that we had four charm growers who entered their exhibits for the first time.”

One regular exhibitor came from the Honiton area, and a visitor from Taunton was determined to exhibit next year.

Ursula said: “It was very satisfying to see the hall full of charms and we hope to have even more exhibitors next year.”

Next year’s show will be on Saturday, November 5. Anyone who is interested in having a go can contact John Lang on (01297) 20647.

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Results: Alf Boalch Cup for Best Beer Charm: Dave Mutter; Tucker Cup for Best Visitor Charm: Ted Mowlem; Cup for Best Shape in Show: Dave Mutter; Novice Cup: Vic Bartlett; Flora Vase for Best Floral Arrangement: Liz Asbury; Overall Champion Shield: Dave Mutter; Geoff Hunt Cup for Best Cut Chrysanthemum: John Lang; Ewins Cup for Best Vase of Chrysanthemums: John Lang; Barrel o’ Beer Cup for Best Photograph: Jayne Aplin; Poetry Prize: Francis Lee.