Plumpton College provided stands and displays at the South of England show last week. Visitors to the College stands met staff and students to find the current information about land based courses, apprenticeships and employer training.
The latest student facilities at the College showcased a wide variety of displays with machinery, agriculture, floristry, animals, cattle, metalsmithing and jewellery, children's activities, game management, show gardens, sheep shearing, heavy horses, poultry and a sow and litter. A sports trainer from the College's outdoor adventurous activities courses allowed show visitors a trial test of physical strength.
Winning entries included first prize for commercial cutter pigs from The Netherfield Centre, an award to Plumpton College for the best overall pig entries from an FE College as well as third, fourth and fifth places place in other classes. Debbie Hopkins, Head of Centre, congratulated staff and students who took part.
The Young Craftsman awards allowed Plumpton College students an opportunity to express their technical, commercial and artistic skills for metalsmithing and silversmithing, with student Barney Cheeseman winning both joint top prize and third overall prize. Will Sheppard won third prize. The silversmithing class was won by Jake Wilson, who received a highly commended award for an intricate silver bracelet.
The College wine staff celebrated with a prize at the show as well as the news that one of their award winning wines, 'The Dean Blush' a sparkling wine, was awarded the South East Vineyards' Association Wine of the Year.
The Horticulture and Floristry department blossomed by winning first prize for a student Garden Design. The Japanese style garden was created by second year Foundation Degree students with Julie Fearnside as designer and Stephen McMillan, Dan Barber and Joe Reeve as show creators. This tranquil garden was based on a Japanese concept with elements of oriental planting, stone, wood and texture in evidence .
Floristry Student Claire Fenner won second prize with an Olympic Flame themed exhibit. Lecturer Sue Maguire said, "Staff in the Horticulture and Floristry departments are very proud of the students' achievements."
Graduating students receive their awards shortly at a ceremony to be held in the attractive Estate.
Plumpton College has an Information Evening on Thursday 28th June