CONSERVE connoisseurs are invited once again to showcase their talents at this year's Whichford Marmalade Festival.

St Michael's Church will be taken over by the tang of the home-made breakfast favourite as locals vie for the crown between March 3 and 5.

The popular annual event will support two charities this year: Shipston Home Nursing and St Michael's Church.

Guest judge will be Geraldine Holt, a celebrated cookery writer and author who has agreed to preside over the grand final on March 5.

She will entertain competitors and visitors with reminiscences of her life as a cookery writer and afterwards sign copies of her books on sale at the festival.

Many pots of home-made marmalade will be on sale too.

One of the organisers, Julia Melvin, said: "Marmalade can be made from many fruits and even vegetables. There will be a wide variety of classes within which the entries will be judged by a professional judge. The shops are now stocking the real Seville oranges, and the season is short so get chopping and soaking and boiling in support of our two charities."

The fee to enter the competition is £3.