HEADLEY Horticultural Society proved, at its autumn show this month, that its members had managed to beat the weather to put on a magnificent display of flowers and vegetables as well as homemade cakes, soups and preserves.

They had fought through a wet summer followed by two months of drought.

This year to greet visitors as they entered Headley village hall, was a mass of pink marguerites grown from plug plants supplied by the society.

Inside, the fuchsias provided a colourful display of beautiful blooms and Keith Wilkinson staged a majestic standard fuchsia towering over the bench.

The dahlias also put on a good show despite the weather.

The vegetables had also suffered, but there was a large display of standard and miniature tomatoes.

The Snow Cup for flower arranging had the theme of Halloween, with some imaginative displays entered. The Headley club entry, by Jennifer Mitchell, came first followed second by Grayshott and third by Churt. Milford and Thursley were highly commended.

The domestic classes were well represented, and the winner of the diploma of merit was Sue Gamble for her polenta cake.

There was an imaginative selection of photographs, particularly the ideas for the category titled Ebb and Flow - two photographs complementing one another.

Jill Howard-Duff and Sylvia Stoner prepared a delicious lunch for the judges and stewards and also served tea and cakes to the many afternoon visitors.

If anyone would like to join this friendly club, they can telephone Ian Howard-Duff on 01428 714073. The club meets at Headley village hall.

The society has will do its last walk of the year, to see the autumn colours at RHS Wisley, on Tuesday, October 11, at 10.30am. Call for details.