Despite the current pandemic Blythe Bridge decided to go a head with the annual Robertshaw trophy. The PDI competition was run as a Zoom presentation and was between Crewe, Leek, Macclesfield, Holmes Chapel and Blythe Bridge. Each club entered 12 PDIs and Martin Smith selected Crewe’s entry.  The judge for the evening was Louise Langley CPAGB who diligently commented on the 60 entries in 2 hours. The Zoom presentation was very well hosted by Blythe Bridge and had a good attendance. The big advantage for many was that it saved the long journey to Blythe Bridge and back on a cold night. We could brew up in the comfort of our homes’ and connect to the meeting a few minutes before it started.

Martin Smith made a wise and varied entry for us which stood up well against some outstanding images. Our strength was in the collective overall quality of our work. While Louise awarded  4 PDIs 20 marks, none of them were ours. However, when the final marks were calculated we were surprised and delighted to learn that we’d won by a narrow margin of 3 points over Leek. The final scores were Crewe PS 203, Leek PC 200, Macclesfield CC 194, Holmes Chapel PS 190 and Blythe Bridge CC 182.

Our individual scores were: ‘ Not sure about this’ by Stephen Coyne scored 19, ‘Turnstone feeding on Cockle’ by Paul Hill scored 19, Macaques grooming’ by Peter Robinson scored 19, ‘Little Bee Eater with Ant’ by Ian Whiston scored 18, ‘Triple Fun’ Peter Robinson scored 17, ‘Wast Water Reflections’ by Paul Hill scored 17, ‘With the Angels’ by Stephen Coyne scored 16, ‘Lion Cub Pouncing on Mum’s Tail’ by Ian Whiston scored 16, ‘Misty Morning by Loch Leven’ by Paul Hill scored 16, ‘ Lady in Red’ by Martin McGing’ scored 16, ‘At the Warehouse’ by Stephen Coyne scored 15 and ‘Melissa’ by Martin McGing scored 15. I don’t think Louise is too keen on portraits. To see all the results please go to our Results Page.