First published in Village News, 2016
WEST END SHOW WOWS VISITORS WITH WONDERFUL WEATHER
The 62nd Annual West End Summer Show took place on Bank Holiday Saturday 27th August
Finally, after enduring a few damp and drizzly years, we were rewarded with some beautiful summer weather for this year’s Show. And we hope you’ll agree it was worth the wait, as a fantastic day unfolded.
The green was packed all afternoon with people enjoying themselves, and from judges to class entrants to visitors the feedback was excellent, with several people declaring this one ‘the best show ever!’
In the marquee, the competition hotted up in line with the weather, with impressively high numbers of competition entries.
- Lin Martin from the village won 5 cups this year in the flower categories including the overall trophy in the flower classes.
- Bob Waller, Irene Hobbs and Kate Carter, all from the West End allotments, displayed some wonderful exhibits as they garnered many of the top places in the fruit and vegetable classes, with Bob Waller gaining 5 trophies. Paul Gibson from the village and Graham Golledge also provided stiff competition.
- The President’s Perpetual Challenge Cup for the highest total of points in all classes went to a relatively new exhibitor, Graham Golledge, who also won the RHS Banksian Medal.
- Steve Wall wowed the crowds with his hugely imaginative, creative floral displays on the theme of the Rio Olympics.
- And we had a new winner for the Cookery Cup this year, Chris Hall, with Kate Carter and Lynn Healy leading the way in the Handicraft classes.
The judges praised the high standard of fruit and vegetable and domestic cookery and handicrafts exhibits. The Dog Show and Children’s races were also hotly contested.
Across in the revamped Arts & Crafts section, we had a hugely increased number of artists displaying their work, as well as other new features such as professional artists giving live demonstrations over the course of the day.
Outside the marquee there were of course all the traditional funfair favourites, including Smash a Plate, Dunk a Damsel, a host of rides and entertainment in the form of the Epsom & Ewell Silver Band, Matto the Clown and Punch & Judy. We even had a special appearance from Miss Surrey 2016, Sophie King, who said, ‘Great exhibits here! Well done to everyone involved.’
As the afternoon drew to a close, the Tug O’ War got underway with the team from the village triumphant over their opponents from Garsons, so well done to any strongmen who took part. Then followed the auction, prize-giving and the picking of 29 lucky raffle winners to round off the day.
And of course, the showstopper marquee stayed up for Sunday night’s ‘Party on the Pond’ and Monday night’s opera night, so even if you couldn’t make it on the Saturday itself, we hope you had another chance to enjoy the marquee that you so generously helped to provide through your subscriptions.
As ever, the Show committee is hugely appreciative of the contribution made by the villagers who subscribed; and to the donations received from entrants outside the village, without all of which it would not be possible to put on the Show.
This year, we were also bowled over by all the other kinds of support shown by the village: from competition entries, to lending a hand in setting up and taking down the whole event, to helping to man the stalls, and to all the familiar faces on the green on the day, your support was crucial to making the day a success.
And finally, don’t forget to follow us on social media to see and share photos from this year’s Show and get the latest updates on what’s in store for next time:
Genny Assersohn, Publicity”