First virtual summer show hailed a ‘success’

Three different veg by Rosemary Bowler. Picture: The Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society

Three different veg by Rosemary Bowler. Picture: The Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society - Credit: Archant

The virtual Summer Flower and Produce Fair was hailed a ‘success’ by its organisers.

Potato in a Bucket highest yield by Rachel Sykes. Picture: The Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Soc

Potato in a Bucket highest yield by Rachel Sykes. Picture: The Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society - Credit: Archant

The Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society replaced the society’s regular live show with a virtual one as a way of overcoming the coronavirus.

The show had nearly 80 entries from more than 40 individuals with the potato in a bucket competition attracting more than 20 entries.

Rachel Sykes produced the largest yield of potatoes with 1.708kg from a single tuber while society members in Barnes Meadow, Uplyme held their own informal competition with a miniature cup being awarded to Mike Jenkins for his 854g.

The photography competition had the theme of ‘Life during Lockdown’ which saw exhibits ranging from people in their gardens or with their large veg to family get-togethers and even pictures from the cruise ships moored in Weymouth Bay.

Jam jar of flowers by Liz Davis. Picture: The Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society

Jam jar of flowers by Liz Davis. Picture: The Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society - Credit: Archant


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Anita Routley’s entry was her 24-hour online board games session, where she played against friends and family from Lyme Regis, Newton Abbot, Aberdeen and even Vancouver, Canada. She helped raise more than £650 for Cancer Research UK.

All the entries can be viewed on the Summer Show 2020 page of the society’s website www.ulrhs.wordpress.com.

20th birthday celebration cake by Rosalind Hughes. Picture: The Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural So

20th birthday celebration cake by Rosalind Hughes. Picture: The Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society - Credit: Archant

Board games used by Anita Routley during her 24 hour online marathon for Cancer Research UK. Picture

Board games used by Anita Routley during her 24 hour online marathon for Cancer Research UK. Picture: The Uplyme & Lyme Regis Horticultural Society - Credit: Archant

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