Last week at The Great Dorset Steam Fair, one of the biggest events in Europe and as seen on BBC One’s Countryfile by 6.7 million viewers, Jackie Nicholls from Ashville Design, near Chard in Somerset, who was exhibiting in the Rural Craft Marquee won an award with her artificial flower arrangements for “The Most Colourful and Artistic Craft Display”.
She was given her prize during the five-day event, which ran from Thursday 25th August to Bank Holiday Monday 29th August 2016.
The Audrey Lander Memorial Silver Salver was presented to her by the late Mrs Lander’s daughter and grand-daughter.
Mrs Lander was the founder of the Rural Craft Marquee and it was her wish after she passed away, that every year the presentation would be made in her memory.
Jackie said: “All of a sudden, a lot of people and cameras appeared and a lady said she wanted to have a word with me.
“I blushed and wondered what on earth was going on! Then Mrs Lander’s grand-daughter unexpectedly presented me with this lovely award.
“I’m not often lost for words, but I was so shocked, I didn’t know what to say. But at the same time, I was absolutely thrilled to think that out of the hundreds of lovely displays in the Rural Craft Marquee, this one had been chosen as the winner.”
“An invitation was given immediately by the organisers to return again next year – so that’s a huge thank you and a definite ‘yes’!
“For longer than I can remember, my relations have always loved and attended steam fairs. They are very proud of this achievement.
“Sincerest thanks must go to everyone at The Great Dorset Steam Fair who looked after us so well during the event – we really do feel part of your wonderful family and can’t wait for next year.”
Image: Jackie Nicholls proudly displaying her award
Photo credit: John Nicholls