ALBOURNE VILLAGE SHOW – 2016 REPORT

 This year’s show took place on Saturday 10th September on the Village Green and despite an appalling weather forecast the village again turned out in force, joined by many visitors from elsewhere.  It was particularly pleasing that the attendance and also entries into the show remained at a high level.

 As a result of another good year, and also the continuing support of our generous sponsors, we are delighted to say that our finances remain in excellent shape, even if our statement that the Show now had sufficient funds to cope with a total washout was not, with hindsight, a wise one, given the weather on the day!  We still have a few minor pieces of income and expenditure to come in but in round figures the cost of this year’s show was £3650 and our total income including sponsorship and donations came to £4785, giving a profit slightly higher than last year. The income does not of course include takings/profits by our exhibitors or by the local organisations that run fund raising stalls. As in previous years, we expect to make substantial donations to Village projects and organisations and details of these will be available shortly

 Best Exhibit winners at the Show were:

 Stan Cartwright for his stunning Dahlias in the Floral section;

 Trudi Jupp for her beautiful cooking apples in the Fruit section;

 Michelle Zeidler for her amazing trug of vegetables.  

 Best Culinary Exhibit was Tony Evans’ scrumptious chocolate cake.

 Duncan Corrie won the Best Wine

 The Best Children’s Exhibit was again won by a member of the Pesquero family with this year’s honours going to Hannah for her “Pom Poms”.  

 The Best exhibit in the Sweeptech “Made from recycled materials” class was won by Elsa Cutlack.

 The Photography section saw Jessie Selkirk’s Light Painting entry judged Best Exhibit by the voting public.

 The Arts and Crafts section Best Exhibit went to Agatha Winters for her beautifully executed children’s pyjamas. This exhibit was awarded the overall Best in Show prize.

 The Flower Arranging section was won by Maggie Toogood for her stunning arrangement of garden flowers.

 As usual the Raffle was a great success and we are enormously grateful to all those who donated prizes, including many local business.  The Village Hall Pop up Pub took over the running of the Bar this year and did a roaring trade and Clive Miller‘s BBQ sold large quantities of excellent burgers and hot dogs. We were also grateful again to local historian Brian Stevens who organised another village history exhibition from his huge collection.  The show again saw a fine collection of vehicles and engines, and as usual we are hugely grateful to Bernie Stevens for organising this part of the show. Our usual two big steam vehicles were missing this year (due to ground conditions) but should be back for 2017.

  Live music was again provided by the Patcham Silver Band augmented this year by no less than three local bands. In addition to Bernie Stevens, the Management Committee would like to thank all other members of the extended show committee – Matt Hodgson, for coordinating the music, managing the PA and electrics and supplying his superb marquee for our Craft stalls; Di Howard for efficiently marshalling and co-ordinating our band of helpers; Lesley Ritchie – for again organising and managing the Craft Tent and this year managing to more than double the number of attractions (and income!) in that area. We would also like to thank Jenny Gratton who in addition to providing administrative support to the Management Committee, handles all aspects of the Show exhibit entry process.

Finally, we would all like to sincerely thank Celia Hearn who is stepping down as a member of the Management Committee and her role as Treasurer. Celia has been a key and founding member of the Team since before our very first Show in 2008.  She will be much missed.  Many thanks, Celia.         

We would like to repeat that our show remains totally independent and receives no Council, other official funding or grant aid – we are totally dependent on the takings on the day, our annual fund-raising efforts and of course the hugely valuable sponsorship provided by local companies. Our aim has always been to put on a great show that provides a platform for all our village organisations to raise money for their various needs.

The committee is once again enormously grateful to all those who helped before, during and after the show. So many people help in so many different ways. So, THANK YOU, ALBOURNE and to all the many from elsewhere.

 

Michael Gratton        Margaret Butler        Celia Hearn        Suzi Sawyer        Geoff Zeidler

 

Albourne Village Show Management Committee

 

ALBOURNE VILLAGE SHOW – 2015

This year’s Show took place on Saturday 5th September on the Village Green, and whilst the weather was not quite up to its usual standard, the village again turned out in force, joined by many visitors from elsewhere. 

Class entries were down 8%, driven by falls in the Flower and Vegetable sections, presumably reflecting the difficult growing season. However, the number of entrants rose by 2% and the changes made to the Photography and Children’s classes for this year resulted in big increases in the number of entries in these sections. Arts and Crafts exhibits also saw a significant rise from last year.

Best Exhibit winners were:

Stan Cartwright for his stunning Dahlias in the Floral section;

Trudi Jupp for her beautiful cooking apples in the Fruit section;

Michelle Zeidler for her amazing basket of vegetables, which was also awarded the overall Best in Show award.

Best Culinary Exhibit was Diane Holmes’ scrumptious crab-apple jelly;

Sue Lee, the Best Wines & Spirits award with her plum gin, which was greatly enjoyed by the judges (hic!).

The Best Children’s Exhibit was Emily Pesquero’s beautifully executed and creative “Hidden Surprise” pot and cover. Emily’s pot was judged runner up in the overall Best in Show award.

The Best Exhibit Made from Recycled Materials was won by Daisy Cooper.

The Photography section saw Sarah Knee’s Transport entry judged Best Exhibit

The Arts and Crafts section Best Exhibit went to Gordon Eaton for his outstanding turned Laburnum honey pot and dipper.

The Flower Arranging section was won by Jos Kingston for her stunning arrangement of garden flowers.

 

As usual the Raffle was a great success and we are enormously grateful to all those who donated prizes, including many local business. The Bedlam Bar did its usual great trade and Clive Miller‘s BBQ sold large quantities of excellent burgers and hot dogs. We were also grateful this year to local historian Brian Stevens who organised a village history exhibition from his huge collection. This was particularly well received and will be repeated next year.  The show again saw a fine collection of vehicles and engines; all “policed” for the first time by two beautifully restored vintage police vehicles. As usual we are hugely grateful to Bernie Stevens for organising this part of the show. Our usual two big steam vehicles were missing this year (due to a clash with the Dorset Steam Fair) but should be back for next year’s show. Live music was again provided by the Patcham Silver Band and our excellent local band Sold As Seen.

We would like to repeat that our show remains totally independent and receives no Council, other official funding or grant aid – we are totally dependent on the takings on the day, our annual fund-raising efforts and of course the hugely valuable sponsorship provided by local companies. Our aim has always been to put on a great show that provides a platform for all our village organisations to raise money for their various needs.

The committee is once again enormously grateful to all those who helped before, during and after the show. So many people help in so many different ways. So THANK YOU, ALBOURNE and to all the many from elsewhere.

See you next year on Saturday 10th September 2016

ALBOURNE VILLAGE SHOW 2013

 

Despite appalling Friday weather, and a very unsettled Saturday morning, the sun shone as brightly as is usual for Albourne’s Annual Village Show held on Saturday, 7th September. The Grand Marquee (donated by Seaholme Marquees of Albourne) made its second appearance, and was blessed with over 400 class entries.

Overall entries were up by an amazing 40%, driven largely by huge increases in entries for the Fruit & Vegetables classes (up 60%) and culinary entries (up 52%).

 

BEST IN SHOW PRIZES were awarded as follows…Best Floral Exhibit – Stan Cartwright for his stunning stunning of Dahlias; Best Fruit & Vegetable Exhibit – Dr Meg Price for her Vegetable Trug - 13 different vegetables, with 12 grown from seed; Best Children’s Exhibit – Archie Cryer, with yet another spectacularly inventive piece of recycled art, this time of drink cans; Best Culinary – Marion Stafford for her superb Lemon Drizzle Cake selected from a huge range of entries

by professional judge and Forfars' director Matthew Cutress.; Best Wines & Spirits – Di. Howard – for her “awesome” Damson Brandy; Other Best in Show winners were Cat Birnage for her stunning “cat’s eyes” image in the Photography class; Linda Edwards for her lovely Teddy Bear in the Arts & Crafts section and Di Howard, again, for her flower arrangement.

 

This year’s Apple Pressing saw us press over ½ ton of apples both for sale and for customers bringing their own apples to press for their own juice to take away.

 

The committee is again hugely grateful to Bernie Stevens. The exhibition of vintage vehicles, tractors, motorcycles and stationary (and otherwise) engines he arranged was spectacular, and that was before the later arrival of the locally owned Aveling & Porter Steam Road Roller “Lydia” and the Foden Steam Lorry.

 

We would like to say that the show remains totally independent and receives no Council, other official funding or grant aid – we are totally dependant on the takings on the day, our annual fund-raising efforts and of course, the valuable sponsorship of local companies. Our aim has always been to put on a great show on a break-even basis, and provide a platform for all our Village organisations to raise money for their various needs. T’committee is again enormously grateful to all those who helped before, during and after the show. So many people help in so many different ways.

 

So, THANK YOU, ALBOURNE and all the many from elsewhere.

REPORT FROM THE 2014 ALBOURNE VILLAGE SHOW

 

The sun shone as brightly as is usual for Albourne’s Annual Village Show held on Saturday, 6th September. The Grand Marquee (donated by Seaholme Marquees of Albourne) was blessed with over 460 class entries. Overall entries were up by 15%, with a 33% increase in our core Flower, Fruit and Vegetable section and a 33% increase in the Culinary section including an astonishing 74% increase in Jams and Jellies, such that we needed judging reinforcements to cope with tasting the 54 different entries. Children’s entries were down by a third to 34 and we clearly need to do a better job here in encouraging children to enter and make the classes more exciting and attractive. We are planning to work even more closely with the Village School to this end, particularly given the outstanding choral and dance displays etc      

 Best in Show Prizes were awarded as follows…Floral Exhibit – Stan Cartwright – the best of a stunning display of Dahlias; Vegetable Exhibit – Margaret Butler for her Courgettes; Fruit Exhibit – Mark Hutchinson, appropriate since his orchard provided most of our pressing apples, not that the judge knew that. Thank you, Mark!; Children’s Exhibit – India Jackson’s amazing Robot; Culinary – Mr Evans’ scrumptious Chocolate Cake; Wines & Spirits – Emma Walker; Photograph – Phil Godbold stunning image of a “blue” damselfly; Arts and Crafts – Paula Pattenden for her cross stitch work and finally Jos Kingston for her lovely floral arrangement.

 This year’s Apple Pressing saw us again press over ½ ton of apples both for sale and for customers bringing their own apples to press for their own juice to take away. The committee is again hugely grateful to Bernie Stevens. The exhibition of vintage and steam vehicles, tractors, motorcycles and stationary (and otherwise) engines he arranged was spectacular.

 We would like to say that the show remains totally independent and receives no Council, other official funding or grant aid – we are totally dependant on the takings on the day, our annual fund-raising efforts and of course the valuable sponsorship of local companies. Our aim has always been to put on a great show on a break-even basis, and provide a platform for all our Village organisations to raise money for their various needs. T’committee is again enormously grateful to all those who helped before, during and after the show. So many people help in so many different ways. So THANK YOU, ALBOURNE and all the many from elsewhere.