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1953: Cuckfield celebrates Queen's Coronation with an Arts and Crafts Exhibition

Updated: Dec 3, 2023

Sussex Daily News - Thursday 30 July 1953

Top Prize Goes to the Butcher

FROM butcher to vicar, the people of Cuckfield submitted the products of their arts and crafts to be judged at the special Coronation year exhibition staged in Queen’s Hall yesterday.

And it was the butcher, Mr. E. Malins, who staged the most eye-catching and topical exhibit.

For his wall display entitled “In Town and Country Let It Ring,” which included scale models of Westminster Abbey and Cuckfield Parish Church and_life-size cardboard replicas of Guardsmen, he was awarded the £3 3s. prize for the best exhibit. '

Three Runners-Up

Tying for the runners-up award were Miss Dorothy Harding, Miss Veronica Peacock and Mr. F. Cox.

The £2 2s. prize in the children’s section was shared by eight-year old Hugh Dixon, who submitted a Coronation crayon drawing, and by Miss Betty Miller, aged 15, for a scrapbook of the Queen’s Coronation year.

Most unusual contender for the Coronation prize was a large coloured crown made entirely from sugar by Louis Chuard, chef at a local hotel.

In the general section of the exhibition—the fourth in the annual series—the standard was good and the exhibits varied

In this photograph taken at the arts and crafts exhibition at Queen's Hall, 13 year old Ann Dekening is shown admiring a beautifully embroidered fire screen which won first prize for Mrs H.M. Dessent. Photograph (colourised) courtesy of Sussex Daily News

Eye Catchers

Catching the eye were the water colours of Miss Julia Traill, M. Worsley (Mrs. Victor Jones) and the Rev. H. F. C. Kempe; the oil painting and embroidered chair seat by Mr. Gordon Edwards, and the calligraphy of his schoolboy son, Robin; the pottery dogs made by Miss Margaret Sharpe; the promise of 13-year-old needlewoman Pamela Wright; and the woodwork and fine upholstery of the chair made by Mr. G. P. Thomas, a motor engineer.



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