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'Anyone can win a cup' at Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society Show

'Anyone can win a cup' at Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society Show

Philip Dewey

'Anyone can win a cup' at Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society Show
Membership secretary Susann Laughton and chairman Andrew Tag with some of the cups.

More than 100 cups and prizes including one donated by King George V are up for grabs at the Royal Windsor Rose and Horticultural Society's (RWRHS) 109th Summer Show.

Categories ranging from fruit and vegetables to crafts, photography and, of course, roses, will be judged at the event on Saturday, July 19.

Trophies will include the Windsor Challenge Cup, sponsored by Hardings estate agent in High Street, which was presented to the society by King George in 1913 and is awarded for the best bowl of shrub roses.

Previous cups, including the first known prize the Challenge Cup, which was presented to the society by Queen Victoria in 1897, were always kept by the winners.

Other notable trophies include the Sir William Carter Memorial Challenge Cup for best vase of three stem cluster flower roses, the Putnam Challenge Cup for vase of sweet peas, the Windsor Golden Rose Trophy for open flower arrangement, the Sawday Cup for home economics and the Walton Cup for crafts.

Susann Laughton, the society's membership secretary, said: "There are lots of different competitive classes which are easy to enter.

"The message I want to get across is that anyone can win a cup. I entered a class for the first time last year as a novice, entering my garden herbs, to be judged by a blind judge on natural scent, and I won first prize."

This year, entries submitted for the show will be displayed on a wide-screen television which has been provided by Bang & Olufsen Windsor, in High Street, which is sponsoring the photography cup.

Susann added: "Everyone could be a winner so please enter to get your hands on a nice trophy for the year."

Visit www.rwrhs.com or email Susann.laughton@comxo.com for details on all competitive classes or to receive the show schedule by post.

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