Flower and Produce Show 2016
Despite the less than kind weather this year, the Flower and Produce Show still attracted 500 entries from over 80 entrants.
Not daunted by the flapping tent and odd leak (not the vegetable kind) gardeners arrived with basketfuls of outstanding vegetables to display. There were all sorts of fruit and veg from a 60lb marrow to a set of exquisitely displayed shallots.
There was an abundance of beautiful cut garden flowers, as well as some ‘eccentric’ mobile gardens representing the artists, Rousseau, Emin and Van Gogh!
More flowers were carefully arranged in the floral art section and the standard was higher than ever. There were delicate arrangements in eacups and some big, blousy arrangements in hats.
Our local cooks excelled themselves with a mouth-watering array of cakes, pies, jams and much more. The Wanborough Showstopper cakes themed to the Olympic Games were truly showstopping.
But that was not all. There was also a variety of arts and crafts on display demonstrating the skills of the artist, needleperson, paper crafter and photographer. One enterprising person had entered themselves in the bird scarer class. They did not win a prize and will remain nameless!
It was a truly colourful, fun and people-thronged event with squeals of delight, smiles and applause as prize cards were discovered and trophies handed out.
None of this would have been possible without our talented entrants, judges and stalwart helpers. Every year our volunteers turn up to set up tables, act as stewards, write prize cards, man the scoreboard, run a great auction and so much more. There are too many helpers to mention here but they know who they are and, I hope, know how valued they are.
We do hope those who visited the Flower and Produce Show really enjoyed themselves. If you did maybe you would like to join us and either bring along exhibits or become one of the helpers for this truly traditional British event next year.
Sue and Adrian
2016 Children's Show results
It’s fair to say that Rachel and I were a little concerned that we wouldn’t have enough entries this year on account of the fact that due to work commitments, we had been late submitting the categories for this Children’s show to Wanborough School and so unlike last year, we did not have any entries from the school, as the teachers ran out of time before the end of term.
Having said that, with the help of social media, we did end up with over 100 entries of really good quality and entries from all age groups this year, which was great.
Some of you will have noticed that we put the prize money up this year, as we realise that the trip to Hobbycraft can get quite expensive and we have had some good feedback about this so thank you.
Rachel and I are always happy to have feedback and ideas for categories especially in the 11+ age group as we do try and include categories around what the children are doing at school in terms of projects/topics etc.
The winners for each age group were as follows:-
Under 5’s Amelia Burgoyne
5 – 7 Imogen Bowley
8 – 11 Sophie Walker
11+ Charlotte Uzzell
The shield for highest points was shared between Sophie Walker and Imogen Bowley and Rachel and I want to say thank you to Sophie for her kind gesture of letting Imogen have this as she has won it a number of times before.
Janine Brown Trophy for effort and contribution went to the Bowley family this year due to the sheer number of entries that they submitted and the fact that cumulatively, they were the highest points scorers on the day – well done Rachel and here’s to next year!!
Dionne Brooker & Rachel Bowley
Children’s Show Team
August Show Video
Many thanks to William Lipsett who Videoed the show for us this year and produced this fantastic record
Spring Show Video
This year at the spring show we were lucky enough to have a videographer present to record the event for us
Many thanks to James Watts of Design Sheep for this
Design Sheep Ltd. | Website: http://www.designsheep.co.uk |
Address: Suite E3, Gemini House, Hargreaves Road, Groundwell, Swindon, SN25 5AZ
Summer Horse and Pony Show
Due to popular demand we are bringing back the dressage for the Summer Show - the classes being Introductory B and Preliminary 2, which is a new one. These will start at 9 a.m. and run consecutively during the morning before the carnival arrives.
The afternoon session is all about fun and is open to riders of all ages and experience and both horse and ponies. We will start with the Fancy Dress, so pop on your thinking cap and use your imagination. This will be followed by four novelty showing classes - so if more "traditional" showing is a little too scary, come along and have a giggle.
Dressage is pre-entry only and costs £7 on-line and £8 by post. All other classes are £6 on-line and £8 on the day.
If you have any horse related enquiries, please contact Gill on 01793 330059 or e-mail Wanborough horse show or look us up on FaceBook
BECAUSE OF THE CARNIVAL PROCESSION, BOXES MUST BE IN THE SHOWGROUND BEFORE 12 NOON.
Interesting Vehicles 2016
Are there enough interesting vehicles in and around the parish of Wanborough to put on a display?
It was a question which cropped up a few year ago and the answer of course was...' Yes!'
So in 2013 we staged a new attraction which we have run successfully each year since a vehicle display which has included some fabulous cars, old, new, customised, restored and original. We’ve been proud to have a pre-war tandem bicycle, some classic motor bikes, scooters and glittering Harleys. Wanborough’s farming heritage has been well represented too with vehicles ranging from shepherd’s huts to steam engines. We’ve had earth movers and tractors some old, some new, some very large and some quite small!
Last year we topped that with an even greater range of vehicles including static engines and classic commercial vehicles. To add to the fun local bike and scooter enthusiasts have put on a fine ‘mods and rockers’ show.
This year we hope to do even better and whatever turns up on the day we feel sure it will give us plenty to enjoy share and chat about.
Great news - Ken Fry who used to organise our Dog Shows has returned and agreed to once again run them for us. This means that we will be presenting a Dog Show at both the Spring and August shows this year as we have done in the past. We hope that all our past competitors will return and enter and make the dog show once again a key event in the wanborough show diary
Park and Ride
As usual we will be operating our park and ride from the village pubs The following map shows where this is available
About our Show
Wanborough Show is a small country show. It is a one day event, bigger than a village fete, but small enough not to lose its intimacy, unlike some of the larger events in the area.
Located in the village of Wanborough just 1.5 miles from J15 of the M4, 5 miles from the centre of Swindon and amid a cluster of villages on the edge of the Wiltshire downs, it is easily accessible for many people.
The Show is organised by a committee of volunteers on a 'not-for-profit' basis. All charges for commercial stands, at the gate and other money raised is used to cover the costs of staging the event. Any surplus funds at the end of the year are distributed to local organisations and worthy causes.