Long family tradition continuing

A celebration of creativity

A celebration of creativity

This colourful celebration cake is just a taste of the creativity on display in the Home Industries section of the Poverty Bay A&P Show this year. Here Bonnie Henry from Napier is judging the cake decorating category at this year’s event and marks a cake made by Charlotte Phillips in the cake novice class.
'MY BABY': Home Industries head steward Amanda Mathers with a shawl made by Trieve Rolls in the infantwear category. Mrs Mathers says the Home Industries is "my baby" and she dedicates huge hours of her time to it.
The Home Industries pavilion features articles made from a sock by years 1, 2 and 3. Angeline Spubbs is holding the winner made by Charlie Mathers.

The Home Industries section at the A and P Show is part of an age-old family tradition, with three generations of one family involved this year. Champion knitter Alexia English remembers her own mother entering the Home Industries section and with daughter Amanda Mathers working as head steward and grandson Charlie entering this year, it really is a family affair.

Mrs Mathers said she was thrilled that entries were up on last year in what has become an iconic community event dating back 142 years.

Participants enter everything from knitting and sewing to preserves and photographs. Despite the huge number of voluntary hours she puts in each year, Mrs Mathers said she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“This is my baby. I remember entering when I was a child and I usually enter the knitting section, but ran out of time this year.”

Mrs Mathers takes a week off from her regular job each year to collate entries and set up and manage the Home Industries. Home Industries takes place in the main pavillion and harks back to days of old. People enter categories such as cooking and cake decorating, sewing and hand craft, photography and woodturning, with entries then judged and prizes awarded.

“There has been a big increase in children’s art this year. We have entries from local primary schools and preschools and the display takes up almost the whole back wall this year.”

CHAMPION KNITTER: Alexia English (pictured right) has cleaned up at this year’s show winning 20 categories of the Home Industries section including the clown which won first place and the prawns on a lettuce platter getting second place in the novelty article category.

Mrs English said she has a tonne of knitting at home but feels uncomfortable putting a price on her knits so doesn’t actively sell them. Her prize-winning handiwork is on show in the main pavilion with items including shawls, crocheted blankets and babies and dolls clothes displayed. Mrs English also received five second places and two highly commended out of the 28 items she entered.

The Home Industries section at the A and P Show is part of an age-old family tradition, with three generations of one family involved this year. Champion knitter Alexia English remembers her own mother entering the Home Industries section and with daughter Amanda Mathers working as head steward and grandson Charlie entering this year, it really is a family affair.

Mrs Mathers said she was thrilled that entries were up on last year in what has become an iconic community event dating back 142 years.

Participants enter everything from knitting and sewing to preserves and photographs. Despite the huge number of voluntary hours she puts in each year, Mrs Mathers said she wouldn’t have it any other way.

“This is my baby. I remember entering when I was a child and I usually enter the knitting section, but ran out of time this year.”

Mrs Mathers takes a week off from her regular job each year to collate entries and set up and manage the Home Industries. Home Industries takes place in the main pavillion and harks back to days of old. People enter categories such as cooking and cake decorating, sewing and hand craft, photography and woodturning, with entries then judged and prizes awarded.

“There has been a big increase in children’s art this year. We have entries from local primary schools and preschools and the display takes up almost the whole back wall this year.”

CHAMPION KNITTER: Alexia English (pictured right) has cleaned up at this year’s show winning 20 categories of the Home Industries section including the clown which won first place and the prawns on a lettuce platter getting second place in the novelty article category.

Mrs English said she has a tonne of knitting at home but feels uncomfortable putting a price on her knits so doesn’t actively sell them. Her prize-winning handiwork is on show in the main pavilion with items including shawls, crocheted blankets and babies and dolls clothes displayed. Mrs English also received five second places and two highly commended out of the 28 items she entered.

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