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