Champion rose winner Barbara Porter with her granddaughter Lily.
Champion rose winner Barbara Porter with her granddaughter Lily.

Annual Rose Festival in Warwick on October 9

THE ladies of St. Mark's Women's Guild look forward to welcoming everyone to the 2015 Annual Rose Festival to be held in St. Mark's Parish Hall on Grafton St, Warwick, on Friday, October 9.

This popular community festival has been one of the Rose City's long-standing events and this year will be number 53.

The competition schedule details the various ways roses can be displayed.

Copies are available from the back of St. Mark's Church or by email from

The group welcomes back all those who have entered the competition over the years and the participation of long-term exhibitors is appreciated.

New rose growers are encouraged to enter the competition in any section.

It should note, however, there is a special section just for novices, which includes anyone who has not won a prize in any previous rose festival.

There is no charge to enter the competition and winners receive cash prizes.

Probably more importantly, the winners of each of the four perpetual trophies will have their names engraved on the trophies, which are then permanently displayed in the Guild's trophy cabinet.

Entries are to be brought to the Parish Hall from 8.30-10.30am on Friday, October 9, for judging from 11am.

The trophy and prize presentation starts at 1.30pm and will be followed by musical entertainment from Yangan's talented Sue Needer.

An afternoon tea with the famous Guild ladies' indulgent home-baked treats, the drawing of the main raffle (tickets $1 each) and a mini cent sale (tickets $2 each) with more than 80 prizes will round out the afternoon.

The $6 entry charge also includes the display of all of the roses and the opportunity to meet the exhibitors.

Maybe a few tips can be gleaned from the grower of the champion rose!

The Guild is grateful for the ongoing support of The Southern Downs Regional Council, The Warwick Credit Union, Mrs Judy Hall, Mrs Dorrie Lynch and the Family of the late Halvor Guy. The champion rose will be displayed in the Hazel Hoffman memorial crystal vase.

SDRC mayor Peter Blundell will be in attendance to present the council's perpetual trophy along with Patty Delandre from the Warwick Credit Union who will present prizes to the winners of the WCU sponsored sections.

For further information, phone Joyce on 4661 1938 or Sue on 0427 962 281 or email

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