SWI’s blooming glorious bulb show

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Southend’s SWI group had a blooming great time at its annual bulb show last week.

There were many entries to the three sections of the competition: bulbs, baking and handcrafts, with the bulbs were described as ‘glorious’.

An SWI spokesperson said: ‘The first thing you noticed walking into the hall was the amazing smell.’

The entries were judged by Marjory McKinven from Carradale and Elspeth McAllister from Campbetown, with special prizes for each of the categories.

After judging, Marjory McKinven talked about her passion for quilting.

She showed the ladies quilts that she had previously made and displayed, which were described as ‘quite amazing’.

The type of quilting that Marjory does incorporates machine embroidery and starts with a precise planning process.

The spokesperson said: ‘If anyone gets the chance to see these quilts in reality they are in for a treat.’

Mrs McKinven is currently involved in trying to promote crafting in Carradale.

Full results are as follows: Bulbs: 1 Jen Ronald, 2 Fiona Rowland, 3 Inez Ronald. Baking: 1 equal Jen Ronad and Inez Ronald, 3 Alison Eynon. Handcrafts: 1 Christine Jardine, 2 Alison Eynon. 3 Moyra Jane Paterson. Special prize in bulbs: Inez Ronald. Special prize in baking: Jen Ronald. Special prize in handcrafts: Christine Jardine. Most points in show: 1 Jen Ronald, 2 Alison Eynon, 3 Fiona Rowland.