Competitive men bake cakes

Chppenham Produce and Craft Show Committee, Wendy Parsons, chairman, Rachel Evans, treasurer, Rob Evans, Fiona Maxwell and Lucy Martin
Chppenham Produce and Craft Show Committee, Wendy Parsons, chairman, Rachel Evans, treasurer, Rob Evans, Fiona Maxwell and Lucy Martin

Beautiful blooms, tasty cakes and clever craftmanship made this year’s Chippenham Produce and Craft show another roaring success.

While the number of people entering was down more exhibits were on the tables awaiting judging.

Yvette Smith who received the highest produce point score  at Chippenham Produce and Craft Show and Jennifer Wilsom with the highest show score

Yvette Smith who received the highest produce point score at Chippenham Produce and Craft Show and Jennifer Wilsom with the highest show score

As well as traditional classes there were also classes for children, an alcoholic drinks class and hanging baskets. For this the judge Steve Proctor took a stroll around the village admiring the baskets on show.

Winner of the men’s Victoria Sponge class was the Journal’s Geoffrey Pieters with a close second winner Jim Smith.

This was judged by Jin Chung, winner of the Cambridge Bake Off.

There was some keen competition among the male cake bakers who are hoping next year there will be a pork pie section to challenge their culinary skills.

Charlotte Lomas, 14, Fenella Maxwell, 12, and Alex Lomas, 12, with their cupcakes at the Chippenham Produce and Craft show

Charlotte Lomas, 14, Fenella Maxwell, 12, and Alex Lomas, 12, with their cupcakes at the Chippenham Produce and Craft show

Wendy Parsons, chairman of the Chippenham and Snailwell Horticultural Society show committee, said: “Although the number of participants was down this year they all put in so much. There’s been a lot of interest in home baking and there’s lots of interest from the men in the baking section.

“I think everyone who came along and took part had fun and we were lucky with the weather as it didn’t rain until we were giving out the prizes.

“It’s been a challenging year for growing vegetabled but the flowers were stunning.”

There also were photography and painting classes,