ORGANISERS of Dinas Powys Voluntary Concern (DPVC) say they have been blown away by the response to a talented giant vegetable grower’s fundraiser last week.

Cecil Townsend, who is well-known in Dinas Powys for his magnificent display of giant vegetables every September, had been concerned the pandemic would impact the numbers at his “guess the weight” fundraiser this year.

Each year Mr Townsend sets up his stall outside the Three Horseshoes pub on Station Road, on the same week DPVC holds its village show.

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And while the show had to be moved online due to social distancing concerns, Mr Townsend’s stall has thrived and earned some important cash for the charity as it continues to support vulnerable people through the pandemic – not least through its brilliant Borrowing Bus.

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“Cecil was a little concerned that the village centre had been so quiet, but we’ve actually raised more this year than last, and many previous years too,” said DPVC chairman John Fanshaw.

“We are always really grateful for Cecil’s support, and want to thank everyone who supported him and our charity.”

The winner of Friday’s competition was Dr Hayden Jones, who is also a founder member of the charity.

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Mr Townsend managed to raise £400 for DPVC, with donations still gratefully received.

If you wish, you can still make a donation to DPVC online at

Mr Fanshaw added: “It’s been a really refreshing reminder of our great community in the village. The village show is not dead, and we are working extremely hard to make sure we are back next year.”