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.