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.