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Village Show

Cuckfield Society Village Show

Start planting/creating/planning your entries now!  It really is great fun. 

Show date: Saturday 2nd September 2023 at 2pm at the Cuckfield Baptist Church

Helpers needed to join our friendly fun committee and if you can also help on the day - please email cuckfield.society@gmail.com

If you are not already a member of the Cuckfield Society, do please consider it as it only costs £10 per year and it enables us to run the Village Show.  See LINK.

Show Classes - 



  1. 3 beetroot

  2. A cabbage

  3. 3 carrots

  4. 3 chillies

  5. 3 courgettes (not exceeding 20cm long)

  6. 2 cucumbers

  7. 3 leeks

  8. 1-3 lettuce, any type

  9. 3 onions from seed or sets

10. A bunch of spring onions

11. A garlic or onion plait (min. 7 bulbs)

12. 3 potatoes, any variety

13. A pumpkin or squash

14. An arrangement of mixed herbs, judged for variety

15. 5 runner beans

16. 5 French beans

17. Longest runner bean (1st prize only)

18. 5 tomatoes, any variety

19. Heaviest vegetable (1st prize only)

20. The Jo Roche Cup – selection of home-grown produce in a container

21. The most spectacular/amusing vegetable (can enter on the day)



22. 3 eating apples

23. 3 cooking apples

24. 3 pears

25. 3 plums

26. 3 specimens of any home-grown fruit

27. A plate of soft fruits (max. 10 items)

28. A bunch of grapes



29. 3 dahlias, cactus or semi-cactus variety

30. 3 dahlias, pom-pom, ball or decorative variety

31. 3 dahlias, any other variety

32. The single most fragrant rose

33. 5 rose heads

34. A posy of flowers




35. The Katie Stewart Cup – Date and Walnut Loaf Cake using Katie’s recipe

36. 3 cheese scones

37. 3 brandy snaps

38. 3 chocolate chip cookies

39. 3 choux buns (savoury or sweet, any filling)

40. 3 meringues, any flavour

41. A lemon drizzle loaf tin cake

42. A crown cake, to celebrate the Coronation

43. A vegetable cake (made from beetroot, courgette, carrot etc.)

44. A baked cheesecake

45. A tea loaf

46. A loaf of bread



47. 1 jar chutney, any recipe

48. 1 jar jam

49. 1 jar fruit jelly

50. 1 jar marmalade

51. 1 bottle of homemade fruit spirit

52. 1 bottle of homemade beer/cider

53. 1 bottle of homemade wine


FLORAL ART(use wire/beads/bark/vintage hedgehogs etc., not oasis as this will not be acceptable)

54. A summer wreath

55. A table centre piece inspired by the Coronation

56. An arrangement of dried flowers and/or seed heads

57. A freestyle flower display, in your own container



58. A bag for life

59. A pair of jeans customised in your own style

60. A white t-shirt decorated in your own style (eg. Buttons, zips, ribbons, pens, bling etc.)

61. A handstitched item of needlecraft

62. A tie-dye scarf

63, An item of crochet

64. An item of knitting

65. Any dressmaking item

66. A sheet of handmade paper

67. A bar of handmade soap

68. Something made from wood

69. Something made from metal


ART(Max 60 x 60cm inc. frame in watercolour, acrylic, pastel, gouache, oil, charcoal, pencil or digital)

70. A landscape, any medium

71. A portrait, any medium

72. A still life, any medium

73. A seascape, any medium

74. A painting showing the effect of light

75. A painting conveying emotion

76. Use different art techniques to create a picture (stippling, collage etc.) 

77. A piece of digital art, printed on A4 paper

78. A piece of verse or poetry (max. 16 lines)


PHOTOGRAPHY (Max. 20cm x 20cm unmounted)

79. Your garden

80. A Coronation scene

81. A cityscape

82. UK weather

83. Reflections

84. A photo depicting texture, close-up or at a distance


JUNIORS (up to 14 years – age will be taken into account when judging)

85. Something I created at school

86. A diorama in a shoebox

87. A miniature garden (max. 30 x 30cm)

88. Decorate a hard-boiled egg

89. A drawing/painting (subject of your choice)

90. A collage/sculpture made from recycled material

91. An original model made from Lego/similar

92. An animal made from fruit, vegetables or pasta

93. A repetitive pattern made from a potato print stamp

94. A cartoon strip (max. A4)


Katie Stewart’s Date and Walnut Loaf Cake

Moist and easy to slice with discernable chunks of dates and walnuts – keep for 24 hours before serving

1 x 225g block pressed dates

1 large lemon

1 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda

100g (4 oz) butter

100g (4 oz) soft brown sugar

1 egg

225g (8 oz) self-raising flour

100g (4 oz) broken walnuts

Makes 1 loaf cake

Preparation time: 25 minutes, plus cooling time

Baking time: 1-1¼ hours

  1. Grease and base-line a 22.5 x 12.5 x 7.5 cm (9 x 5 x 3 inch) oblong tin.  Roughly chop the dates and place in a medium bowl.  Finely grate the lemon rind and add to the dates.  Squeeze the lemon juice into a measuring jug.  Sprinkle the bicarbonate of soda over the chopped dates.  Make up the lemon juice to 225 ml (8 fl oz) with boiling water and add to the bowl.  Stir well and leave until cold.
  2. Heat the oven to 160°C (325°F or gas no. 3).  Beat the butter and sugar until smooth and creamy.  Lightly mix the egg and stir into the creamed mixture.  Stir in the date mixture.  Sift the flour into the mixture.  Stir well until mixed.  Reserve about 25 g (1 oz) of the broken walnuts and stir the remainder into the cake mixture.

  3. Spoon the mixture into the prepared tin and spread level.  Sprinkle with the reserved walnuts.  Set in the preheated oven and bake for 1-1¼ hours.  Cool in the baking tin for 15 minutes, then turn onto a wire rack.  Slice to serve.