Awliscombe show to make a return

PUBLISHED: 07:00 21 August 2016 | UPDATED: 09:03 24 August 2016


Awliscombe’s traditional vegetable, flower and produce show is set to be resurrected to raise funds for the village’s primary school.

In its day, the show was originally held in a field near the Deer Park Country House Hotel.

This year’s show will be held on Saturday, September 10, at Awliscombe Village Hall, from 2.30pm to 4.30pm.

Awliscombe Primary School’s Parent, Teacher and Friends Association (PTFA) has been taking advice on how to run the show from Rosemary Sprigg, who will judge at this year’s event.

Rosemary has a wealth of experience picked up from her grandfather, Walter Stamp, who set up the first committee for a village show after he returned after World War One. Back then, it was called ‘The Awliscombe and Buckerell Cottage Garden Society Show’.

Rosemary said: “As a child, the highlight for me and the other children was the fancy dress competition, baby show and at 4pm, the children’s sports day, the egg and spoon race, sack race, and three-legged race.

“At 4.30pm came the presentation of prizes and cups. I remember seeing my grandfather proudly receiving the cups he so deservedly won, year after year.

“I am still the proud owner of one of them given and presented by Mr John Phillips, president, and RN Bishop, chairman of the show. My grandfather kept an amazing garden of vegetables and flowers and loved showing.

“I spent many a happy hour with him, learning from him and in time too became involved with showing as did my husband, Roger.

“Even up to the age of 90, he was helping in the garden and still passing on showing tips.

“I am really pleased that the Awliscombe Primary School PTFA is resurrecting the show. I encourage everyone to enter, have fun, come look and in doing so raise some money for the school.”

Louise Beeken, of Awliscombe Primary School, added: “We really want everyone to get involved. You don’t have to live in the village to enter. It is open to all and it’s not a serious show, just some healthy competition to bring the community together and raise some much-needed funds for the local school.

“Our thanks to the Deer Park Hotel, who are generously sponsoring the event so that all the money raised will go to the school.”

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