The 23rd Show, 2016


Another Super Saturday!

It may have been ‘Super Saturday’ at the Olympics but there were plenty of Trophies awarded at the 23rd Weaverham and Acton Bridge Show. It was a record year for entries and Weaverham Community Centre was crammed with exhibits from the tiniest Scotch Bonnet peppers to a life size model of a penguin which won Benedict Clenton the Russett Shield for ‘Best in Junior Section’. Local schools had been busy with their designs for Olympic flags, Olympic T shirts (eat your heart out Stella McCartney) and Olympic medals. The Committee was encouraged to note the increasing number of junior exhibitors entering directly or with their families. Gemma Keeley (aged 17) won 1st prize in ‘Any Other Media’ of the Art Section for her stunning drawing of David Bowie and Hollie Evans (aged 11) was highly commended for her Victoria sponge, both of these competing against the adults. Let’s hope they continue to support the Show as they are its future.

Yet another wall was covered with very high quality paintings. Jane Caldwell, a first time entrant swept the board winning both the ‘ Arthur Walmsley Salver’ for the best oil painting and the ‘Eileen and Julian Bland Salver’ for her watercolour. She was also awarded the Parish Council Trophy for Best Exhibit in the Adult section of the Show. Another first time entrant Christopher Gaul won the Ian Houghton Trophy for best exhibit in the Photography section. He was up against stiff competition as were all the entrants in every category. The bar gets higher every year. To quote a couple of judges ‘All entrants are to be commended. It was a difficult decision to pick the winners’ and ‘Well done to all the entrants in this section. The first prize only just had the edge.’

It was good to welcome back old friends and long term supporters of this Show. Fred Stretch one of our oldest entrants and a serving Committee member retained his hold of many years on the Laurels Cup awarded for most points in the flower section and Andrew Ball won the Weaverham Trust photographic category for the second year running. Ashleigh Van Embden one of our youngest supporters retained the Latham Trophy for the best exhibit in the Junior Handicraft section.

During the afternoon the hall was packed with visitors who were treated to a beautiful and colourful dazzle of flowers, vegetables,pictures, photographs, domestic produce and any number of skillful craft items. Afternoon teas were provided by the Community Centre.

The Show Committee would like to thank judges, stewards, sponsors, volunteers, Weaverham Community Centre and most of all those people who entered and made the Show such a successful event.

Liz Gidley Secretary Weaverham and Acton Bridge Show

You can see photos for the first half of the day here.