First published in Village News, September 2017
WEATHER DELIVERS ONCE AGAIN FOR OUR VILLAGE SHOW
The 63rd annual West End Village Show took place on Bank Holiday Saturday 26th August
The fantastic weather this year reflected the mood of the Show’s many visitors, as another wonderful day unfolded. The green was buzzing with fun and excitement all afternoon and feedback has been overwhelmingly positive.
Inside the marquee, the competition hotted up in line with the weather, with around 700 entries across the various classes, including more for the vegetable and flower classes than we’ve seen in recent years, despite the early start to the growing season and the cold, wet weather earlier in the summer.
Irene Hobbs and Lin Martin continue to dominate the flowering classes, despite being challenged by some new names this year!
And the cookery and preserve classes attained their second highest total of entries, including 21 delicious coffee and walnut cakes (yummy!) and some wonderful creations in the new Showstopper class.
There was keen interest in the new Infused spirit or fruit liqueur class, with Stephen Kelly winning the prized Rolfe salver.
And after a very tight competition between Chris Hall and Kate Carter, Kate was the winner of the Cookery Cup. The Morris family, Merrick family and Christie family all had multiple prize winners. Well done everyone!
Numbers were also up in the Handicraft section, demonstrating a very high standard of craftsmanship. Marion Ford’s three firsts ensured that she captured the Silver Challenge Cup.
And in photography, the competition between Jackie Bisson and Angela Stockbridge could not have been tighter as Jackie Bisson went on to win the Michael Newbould Cup.
The children’s categories, the Dog Show and the Children’s Sports were also hotly contested.
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, as well as the return of the beautiful classic cars display and new attractions such as the Shetland Pony Club’s Pat a Pony experience.
As the afternoon drew to a close, the Tug Of War got underway with the team from the village eventually triumphant over their opponents from Garsons in a ‘best of 3’, so well done to any strongmen who took part. Then followed the auction, prize-giving and the picking of the 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; without you it simply wouldn’t possible to put on the Show.
If you’ve been inspired by this year’s Show to get a little more involved, remember we’re always on the lookout for new committee members to help make the Show happen and continue a wonderful local tradition. If you’re interested, please contact Fiona Cameron on firstname.lastname@example.org or come along to the show’s AGM on Monday 6th November at 8pm in the Village Hall.
And finally, don’t forget to follow us on social media and via our new-look website to see and share photos from this year’s Show and get the latest updates on what’s in store for next time: