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