Wednesday 25 October 2000

P.. P.. P.. Pick up a Pumpkin...

Weighing in at a monster 135lbs, the winning pumpkin in the annual Snowy Young Pumpkin Competition was grown by Maurice 'Rip' Ripley. Second place went to eleven times winner Archie Blake with a commendable 99lbs, with third place going to the 95lb combined efforts of Robert, Katie, Angie and Royston. The all-time record for the competition - first held in 1980 - remains at 171lbs, set two years ago.

The traditional fundraising which accompanies the competition raised £157.50 for the Lymphona Association. Alongside the customary cakes and wine to be won, an auction was held for Wembley Stadium memorabilia. £60 was paid by Chris Bottomley and Simon Baker for a corner flag, programme and piece of turf - all from the last England match against Germany. (Suggestions for preserving the turf would be gratefully received!) Thanks, as ever, to Sue and Peter Grimsdell for hosting the event - along with belated congratulations for recently collecting the AVDC Best Village Pub Award for the second time.