Hubby’s turn to shine at Home Industries

BEST IN SHOW: Bruce English with his table that not only won the 4x2 two section of the Home Industries at the A&P Show but was judged Best Overall Exhibit. All pictures by Paul Rickard
Lynne Boulter with her striking Baltimore quilt that won best in section in the homespun category.
GOING POTTY: Home Industries head steward Amanda Mathers is pictured with Colleen Williams’ terracotta pot people.
CHAMPION KNITTER: Alexia English with several of her prize-winning entries. Four generations of Mrs English’s family have competed in the Home Industries at the Show.

Bruce English stole the limelight this year, winning Best Overall Exhibit in the Home Industries at the Poverty A&P Show after years of wife Alexia taking the top honour.

His award-winning table, with drinks-holder, was made out of an eight-foot length of 4x2 timber, which he transformed into a functional piece of furniture.

Entrants can choose what they want to make and Mr English said he decided on a table.

“I worked it out in my head. I’ve always enjoyed working with wood,” he said.

No stranger to working with his hands, Mr English helped build his own home and was a mechanic for much of his working life.

Alexia English was not to be outdone. She has won several sections this year including best in section for over-70s and infant ware.

Daughter Amanda Mathers, who organises the Home Industries at the Show, said they were a crafty family and fourth-generation competitors.

This year featured an increase of entries in the woodturning and homespun sections although overall entries were down slightly on last year, she said.

Lynne Boulter won best in section in the homespun category for her Baltimore quilt. She is on a roll, having won the top award in the Creative Fibre Experience last month, which is part of the NZ Craft and Quilt Fair held every September.

Home Industries is an iconic community event at the Show, dating back 142 years.

Categories such as children’s art, photography, cake decorating, woodturning, sewing and handcraft are judged in the days leading up to the event.

Bruce English stole the limelight this year, winning Best Overall Exhibit in the Home Industries at the Poverty A&P Show after years of wife Alexia taking the top honour.

His award-winning table, with drinks-holder, was made out of an eight-foot length of 4x2 timber, which he transformed into a functional piece of furniture.

Entrants can choose what they want to make and Mr English said he decided on a table.

“I worked it out in my head. I’ve always enjoyed working with wood,” he said.

No stranger to working with his hands, Mr English helped build his own home and was a mechanic for much of his working life.

Alexia English was not to be outdone. She has won several sections this year including best in section for over-70s and infant ware.

Daughter Amanda Mathers, who organises the Home Industries at the Show, said they were a crafty family and fourth-generation competitors.

This year featured an increase of entries in the woodturning and homespun sections although overall entries were down slightly on last year, she said.

Lynne Boulter won best in section in the homespun category for her Baltimore quilt. She is on a roll, having won the top award in the Creative Fibre Experience last month, which is part of the NZ Craft and Quilt Fair held every September.

Home Industries is an iconic community event at the Show, dating back 142 years.

Categories such as children’s art, photography, cake decorating, woodturning, sewing and handcraft are judged in the days leading up to the event.

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