It may have been a long hot and dry summer, but the local green fingered put on a great show as always at the Shepperton Horticultural Autumn Show. Kwasi Kwarteng himself is a member of this enthusiastic local group and presented the prizes.

The Shepperton Challenge Cup for the most points in the show went to Nicola Cumber (pictured right), as did the medal for most points in the Domestic Section and some other sections. It was good to see a new exhibitor in the dahlia classes, Anne Adams, win the medal for most points in the Dahlia Classes. However, her brother, Jim, not to be outdone, won the voucher and certificate for the best exhibit of dahlias. John White won the certificate and voucher for the best exhibit of garden flowers and pot plants with a gladioli that the judges said was the best they had ever seen.

Not only were there new comers amongst the dahlias, but there was success for a young lady in the domestic section too. Helen Soane won the medal for the best exhibit in the baking classes with her chocolate brownies. Well done Helen! (Maybe you would like to share the recipe in Shepperton Matters!)

This is the first year the group has been allowed to serve teas outside the village hall. With glorious sunshine continuing, it was a very popular place to sit and watch the world go by and chat with neighbours passing.

There was a new way of running the raffle this year. You bought your tickets but popped them into the pot of the prize you would most like to win should you be successful (No, I wasn’t!).