December 8, 2019

2019 Show Report

Aaaarrrggghhhhhhh!!!

The weather did for us again!

Not for the first time in the history of the Show, the weather forced us to rethink our plans and to move into the Village Hall. Very regrettably for organisers and competitors alike, it meant having to cancel the horse and dog shows, and to totally replan the day. A big thank you to the landowners who so generously were going to allow us to use their land for the show and the car parking – we’ll be back in touch next year and we’ll be keeping everything crossed until then!

It was a very difficult decision, but with the heavy rain and strong winds correctly forecast, particularly on the Friday before Show day, we really had no choice. It was not an easy decision for any of us, but we would have been wading in a quagmire by the Saturday, with all the problems that go with deep mud – skidding horses and ponies, flapping, dripping tents and damp chairs etc!

However, with the usual indomitable spirit of the Show team, we didn’t allow such ‘little hiccups’ to deter us from staging a really excellent event.

The tables with exhibits were brimming with mammoth onions and yard long beans. Children’s wackily decorated cup cakes and worryingly wonky eggs. Superb sprays of garden flowers and some stunning handicraft. The competition was steep for many with some notable winners: In the Egg Show Simon Lincoln won the best open exhibit, and Austin Nelder won the prize the best exhibit in the children’s class. In the Flower Show, Christine Nelder won the best flower exhibit. Pauli Joyce, the best floral exhibit. Isabel Ambler, the best exhibit in the children’s flower section and Martin Fieldhouse, the prize for gaining the most points. In the Vegetable Show, Janet Hawkins won both the best overall exhibit in the open classes and the best novice entry and Lizzie Pannell won the best children’s exhibit. In the Handicraft Show, Gill Smith won the best adult exhibit and Jessica Norman, the best children’s exhibit. And in the Cookery Show, Ros Dawson won the best individual exhibit and the cup for the gaining the most points overall. Bill Rees won the best exhibit in the men only class. Edward Steer won both the best exhibit in the children’s classes and the cup for the best under 16 year old gaining the most points. And Henry Steer won the cup for the gaining the most points for the 9 years old and under classes.

Significantly, the show staged a first – in fact a World Premiere – of the Brompton Regis Morris Men. The hall was packed with men (and lots of women too!) expertly hitting each other’s sticks, weaving around each other and occasionally yelping to the accompaniment of recorders and accordions. All those taking part sported highly decorated headgear and each had added very personalised touches to their uniform! The onlookers enthusiastically cheered them as they leapt around the hall and everyone agreed it made a superb spectacle and created a very jolly atmosphere.

As always, the show was rounded off with Edward Luxton’s distinctive auctioneering style to sell off the remaining exhibits – cakes and onions, eggs and flowers all went under the hammer (happily not literally!) to round off a really excellent show and to raise some much needed funds.

Lastly, and most importantly, we could not stage the show if it were not for the amazing team who helped put it all together – with Show committee members and Young Farmers, all those who organised and ran the exhibit classes and who ran the various stalls. Toddler Group’s Toys and Clothes (a first for them), Amy Dawson’s face painting, the Bottle Stall, Bric-a-Brac, WI Produce, the Silent Auction, The Village Information hub with West Somerset Village Agent Rachael Clavey in attendance, Paul Haslem’s decorated cake which he raffled with a further one donated to the silent auction and Sherry Wade yet again organised an excellent raffle and tombola. Most importantly, Christine Nelder and her amazing team of cooks, servers and washer uppers produced a splendid spread along with delicious cakes, many generously donated by local people, and ably assisted by Rev Andrew Thomas and Mark. And of course we mustn’t forget those who nobly stayed behind to stack tables and chairs and sweep up the remaining crumbs! A huge thank you to you all.

The aims of the Show have always been to provide fun and entertainment for all, and to raise money for local good causes. Despite the challenges with the weather, provisional figures indicate that takings nearly topped £3,000 before final expenses have been taken into account. Additionally we also continue to enjoy wonderful support from our all our sponsors. 

Well done and thank you to everyone.

Su Elsden – Show Secretary