Village Fete & Produce Show

Village Fete & Produce Show

This will take place on Saturday 9th September between 12noon and 4pm at the Orpen Hall & Lorkin Daniell Field.  What we hope will become an annual event, this is intended for all the family to enjoy and to help build community bonds.

Village Show

In the Orpen and John Lampon Halls, with exhibitions of flowers, fruit, vegetables, baking, children’s competitions and arts & crafts.

  • Think you can bake the perfect Victoria Sponge?
  • Are your runner beans the longest?
  • Got a talent as an amateur photographer or artist?

Release your inner Mary Berry or Monty Don! Details of all entry categories are shown below together with the entry form.

Time to start perfecting your scones or growing those prize tomatoes!  See below for entry form and details of all the classes.

Stalls & Pitches

For local clubs & businesses around the Lorkin Daniell field.

  • Want to attract more members for your club?
  • Or perhaps raise some much-needed funds?

Call 01206 240772 (or email [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”]) to book your pitch at £10 a plot.  Advertising spaces for local businesses also available in the Events Programme at a reasonable price.

Events Arena

  • Dance Groups
  • Bands
  • Tug of War (for the over 18’s)
  • Fancy Dress Parade for children

Call 01206 240772 (or email [antibot mailto=”[email protected]”]) if you run a group that could put on a show and entertain the crowd.

Entry Categories

Classes & Further Information

Click the link to view the classes then click back in your browser to come back here.

Hints for Exhibitors

New to Exhibiting:  Do have a go in any of the classes. You may be surprised how well your entries measure up to those of the regulars – they too had to start once!

Read the schedule carefully:  Make sure you have displayed the right number of flowers, vegetables, scones, etc. and that your exhibit is the correct size.

Flowers and Vegetables: The judges look for regularity in an exhibit – each item should be of the same size and quality. Flower petals should not have holes or other damage.  Bring some spares and choose the best.

Vegetables should look fresh and be edible.  They should be clean and trimmed. If picked overnight they should be kept cool and damp.  Presentation may be helped by arranging your specimens on a paper plate.  The judges always break runner beans to see that they are not stringy.

Onions: The dry leaves should be cut to about 2′′, doubled back towards the bulb and preferably tied with raffia.  They are often displayed on wooden rings but a plant pot saucer full of sand will do. Shallots are trimmed in the same way and exhibited on a saucer of sand.

The Committee welcomes comments and suggestions about the classes in all sections.

*  MORE THAN ONE exhibit may be entered in any Class or group of Classes marked with an asterisk provided they are of different kinds and an entry fee is paid for each.

Colour Photography

Conventional or digital photographs may be entered, but they must not be manipulated or enhanced. Entries must have been taken within the last year.

  • An Exhibitors card must be attached to each photograph.
  • A simple mount of grey, black, cream or white is recommended.
  • Maximum Size: 12′′ x 10′′ including mount.
  • No Glass or Clip frames, not laminated and only one photo per mount.
  • Two photos only in each class per exhibitor.



PH1 Wild Life
PH2 Holidays
PH3 “Into the Woods”
PH4 Beautiful Babies

Children’s Classes

One £10 prize will be awarded for the best exhibit in the children’s classes

Under 7

Children’s Classes

Age of entrant to be given on entry form


CH1 A vegetable monster CH5
CH2 A miniature garden on a side plate with pond CH6
CH3 A picture of my pet or an animal (not a photo) CH7
CH4 A decorated pebble CH8

Eggs, Preserves etc…


Home Produce, Preserves

P1 Six hen’s eggs, any colour
P2 Bottle of sloe gin or …. *
P3 Jar of chutney, any kind
P4 Anything pickled
P5 Strawberry jam, one jar.
P6 Jam of one kind of fruit other than strawberry. *
P7 Jelly, any fruit variety, one jar. *
P8 Orange marmalade, one jar.
P9 Marmalade, any citrus fruit other than orange, one jar.
P10 Jar honey, any variety.


Bread should be one day old.  Cakes should be cold and must be made according to the details where specified.


Home Produce, Cookery

C1 Five biscuits on a plate
C2 Three cheese scones.
C3 Named cake containing vegetables
C4 Victoria sandwich, with raspberry jam filling, dredged with caster sugar.
C5 Iced chocolate cake
C6 Decorated cake “Village Life”
C7 Small loaf – hand made
C8 Small loaf – machine made

Floral Art

Plant material must not be artificial and, where fresh, must be based in water or water retaining medium.  An exhibit is composed of plant material with or without accessories, unless otherwise stated.  Backgrounds, bases, drapes, containers, titles, etc. may be included but must be contained within the space specified. Baskets should consist predominantly of plant material.


Floral Art

FA1 “A Cup & Saucer” – a pretty decoration in a cup & saucer
FA2 “Woodland Dell” – a simple arrangement using items from the woods. Table space 61cm x 61cm x 61cm

Handicrafts *

Please state size on entry forms. Articles must have been completed within the last three years and not previously entered in this show.



H1 An item made of felt
H2 A painting
H3 A drawing
H4 A knitted or crocheted item
H5 A wooden item
H6 An article of craft work in any other medium

Flowers & Vegetables

All Exhibits in the FLOWER and VEGETABLE classes must be grown by exhibitors. POT PLANTS must have been grown by exhibitors, or been in their possession for at least three months.

Flowers *

F1 One specimen rose in a vase.
F2 One vase of herbaceous perennials, one kind, five stems
F3 One vase of annuals, one kind, five stems, not elsewhere scheduled.
F4 One vase of mixed flowers, nine stems, at least three kinds
F5 Hydrangeas, three blooms, in a vase.
F6 Three dahlias, any one variety, in a vase.
F7 One vase of sweet peas, six stems, same colour or mixed, in a vase.
F8 Heather, three sprays, any variety, in a vase
F9 Any horticultural exhibit of fresh plant material without flowers (foliage, berries, etc.).
F10 Three stems shrubs, one or more kinds.
F11 Vase of decorative foliage
F12 Six flower heads, floating on water.
F13 One vase of rudbeckia, any variety, seven stems.
F14 Vase of marigolds, seven stems.
F15 Five asters, in a vase.
F16 Three gladioli, in a vase.
F17 Pot-grown plant, flowering or foliage.                [Please state size]

Vegetables and Fruits

Vegetables & Fruit
V1 Five potatoes, any kind.
V2 Five tomatoes, with calyx, open air or under glass.
V3 Five cherry tomatoes.
V4 Three onions.
V5 Five shallots
V6 Five runner beans
V7 Three beetroot.
V8 Five pods of peas (to the first node)
V9 Three carrots, any one variety.
V10 Three parsnips.
V11 Five leaves of spinach, kale or leaf beet
V12 Three leeks
V13 Three courgettes, not more than 7′′ long
V14 The longest runner bean
V15 Biggest Marrow
V16 Five dwarf French beans.
V17 Five stems of parsley, in a jar.
V18 Collection of culinary herbs (excluding parsley) three kinds, three stems of each, in three jars – to be named.
V19 One plate of berry fruit, one variety.
V20 One plate of stone or pip fruit, one variety, not scheduled elsewhere.

Information For Exhibitors

ENTRIES: Entry Forms and fees must be handed in on Saturday 22nd July    between 10.00 am and 12.00 pm at the Orpen Memorial Hall. Alternatively, they may be delivered or posted to the Parish Clerk (80 Chapel Road, West Bergholt CO6 3HL) to arrive by 10 am Saturday 22nd July.

ENTRY FEES: Children’s Classes are free. All other classes are 25p per exhibit.

CANCELLATIONS: Exhibitors are asked to inform the Exhibition Manager before the day of the exhibition if they decide not to stage their entries.

EXHIBITION RULES: Exhibitors must supply their own vases and containers for all classes. Exhibits are to be staged in the Orpen Hall between 7.30 and 9.00am on the day of the Exhibition. The Hall must be vacated by 9.00am after which time only officials will be allowed until judging is complete. The Committee may refuse any exhibit without giving any reason.

EXHIBITORS CARS: May be brought to the Orpen Hall Car Park, to unload exhibits between 7.30 and 9.00am and to collect exhibits between 4.30 and 5pm

PRIZES: Adult: First, Second & Third, Children:  First, Second & Third

The judges may withhold any prize in any Class, if the Exhibits are considered not to be of sufficient merit.

POINTS: Will be awarded: First Prize – 3 points; Second prize – 2 points: Third Prize – 1 point. Special Award Trophies will be awarded to the Adult & Child Exhibitors with the highest number of overall points and for the Best Exhibit in Show. Exhibitors tying for a Special Award may each hold the Award for a proportionate part of the period.

SPECIAL AWARDS which may be made by the judges and held by the exhibitors until the next Summer Exhibition

PRESENTATION OF AWARDS will take place at 3.00pm. After the presentation is complete, exhibitors may collect their exhibits.

AUCTION OF EXHIBITS will take place at approx. 3.45pm. Please remove everything from the hall promptly that you do not wish to have put in the auction.