2017 Show Classes Complete

The 2017 show categories are now all decided and in place.

Section F (adult handicrafts) has had a bit of an overhaul so if you’re thinking of entering something there, please double check the page because things have changed since last year.

Gardeners – we’ve also added a “Wonky Veg” category (C20) to the fruit & veg section.

As usual, there’s plenty for the youngsters to get involved in – with a handicraft section, an art section, and for our really young villagers we’ve got the picture templates that make the community centre walls so colourful.

We haven’t finalised our wonderful sponsors yet, so we can’t offer the schedule to download, but as soon as it’s available, we’ll let you know. You can grab an entry form though if you’re really keen.

The 2016 Show

28918364532_bf5c2a6ca5_kThe 2016 show is now over. Liz has typed up her summary and all that remains is for me to add the winners to the site.

Photos are here, but due to ill health, we didn’t get any afternoon photos at all, so if you have anything you’d like to share, get in touch via the contact form. Feedback especially!

Congratulations to all who entered or supported us in delivering the show. From raffle tickets, to donations, to lifting & shifting, this was a great community effort.

Well done everyone!


Weaverham Community Orchard

Every day’s a school day as my wife often tells me. But recently I found out what that meant when I did a bit more digging (pardon the pun) into the Weaverham community orchard project. This non-profit making local charity has begun to create a community orchard in Thorn Wood with a view to reviving the Wareham Russet apple and creating a community space in memory of those who fought in the two World Wars, as well as those who have fought in more recent conflict. There are currently over 40 saplings in the ground with another 40+ planned for July. If you fancy a visit, it’s on the road between Weaverham & Hartford – just past the railway underpass on the right as you head out of Weaverham, but they are also going to have a stand at the show this year.


Their website has a lot of fascinating apple related information – as well as some very interesting tidbits of local history and is well worth a visit when you have 5 minutes for a cuppa. And if you want to know a bit more, then feel free to drop in at the Weaverham & Acton Bridge village show on 13th August and visit their stand.


Thorn Wood and the surrounding land is a real undiscovered gem of the village. A peaceful place to take a wander, and I think this is a great addition to the local community. I think once these trees reach maturity, the Weaverham Community Orchard will be a really pleasant spot for families to visit. As to the Wassailing… well, I had to look it up!


Calling All Younger Visitors

20150801-_DSF0662Hi everyone. It’s been a busy time at Show HQ with work on our 2016 schedule. We’re now finally done and you can download the entry form or full schedule here, or explore the classes from here.

One thing that always strikes me as amazing, is the quality of entries from our younger villagers and there are trophies to be won in many categories. With half-term coming it’s a great thing to get stuck into on a wet day. The show is now 12-and-a-bit weeks off, so there’s still time to get something growing for the Brian Jewkes trophy (for class C21), or maybe even begin work on an airfix kit (for class G5) – where there is no age restriction – so mums, dads, friends and grandparents can help with the trickier jobs!

That said, we have specific entries for our younger visitors…

For those who like colouring in, we supply simple A4 templates in our Junior Art section. (You can download them here) And for those who like to create from scratch, we have a full junior handcraft section here.

So why not get your younger family members involved this half-term? Have a look around the junior section and see if there’s anything that might pique their interests.

Some New Classes

Right folks,

This year at the Weaverham & Acton Bridge show, we will see a couple of new classes appear to try and get some more creative juices flowing. The precise wording of these classes are TBA at the moment, but I thought I’d give all our readers a heads up! Best check the schedule when it’s finalised to be clear.

In the Domestic produce class, we’re adding chocolate brownies, probably four, but if you want to bring five and leave one at the door for Ian, that would be absolutely fine. Unfortunately I don’t go anywhere near domestic judging so I can’t put in a good word for you, but rest assured, I’ll be thinking of you!

In the Flower section we’re adding a vase of annuals. I had to go to the RHS website to find out what that meant (you can read more here.)

gladioliIn the Veg & Fruit section we’re strongly considering adding cherry tomatoes for those of you who grow them. What constitutes a cherry is up for debate, but Liz is going to get a proper definition from the judge for the schedule. “Smaller than normal ones” is probably a good guess, and will (I think) include small plum tomatoes as well.

Finally, at the committee meeting last night, there was an interesting discussion regarding Gladioli and the low number of entries we see each year. I’m therefore going to have a go at growing one or two merely to give our incumbent winner a run for his trowel and also to try and promote the humble Gladioli which – according to this article – is not de rigueur at the moment. Should you all wish to take up the challenge, get your bulbs in now!

The site should start to see a bit more action over the coming months as we gear up for the summer show. Don’t forget to mark out the calendar for the 13th (it’s a bit later this year) and maybe try and encourage a friend or two to have a go at one of the classes if they don’t already.

Enjoy Spring. Not sure what happened to winter, but I’m hoping for less rain and a bit more sunshine.

Take care, see you all soon!

Christmas Is Almost Here…

So the efforts of the committee came together this evening with the setup of the Weaverham Show Christmas tree. If you’re going to St Mary’s to have a look round, please stop by the table and have a flick through the 2015 schedule to give you an idea of what you might be able to enter in the 2016 show. Or you could just have a look at the tree for some ideas!


It’s a really creative effort with knitted carrots, hand sewn mini quilts, festive bunting, miniature spoons & tables and…


Stained glass biscuits!!

Yes. They do exist! And yes. They are real actual biscuits! The author would not mislead you and in the interests of accurate journalism was forced to sample both the biscuits and the gingerbread men. They were delicious! My unreserved apologies go out to the baker and her chief tester for ever doubting the existence of such things.

The church looks amazing with some brilliant trees brought in/made & decorated by various local community groups and it was a lovely atmosphere. It isn’t possible to mention them all here, so please go along and have a look. I was definitely surprised by the amount of different organisations dotted around the village. The festival is open on Saturday 12th December from 10am through until 3pm for you to have a look round, but what sounds really inviting is the carol service at 4pm on Sunday 13th December, which will be a short service lit by the Christmas tree lights.

Have a wonderful Christmas. We’ll be getting back to you in the new year with the build up to the 2016 show.






Winners and Conclusions Posted…

It’s done. The trophy winners and all placed entries for the 2015 show are now on the website. You can find Liz’s comments here and a full winners list here. You can just start typing in the search box if you’re looking for a name in particular. Looking back to the 2014 show it’s interesting to see the hotly contested categories with winners and 2nd place swapping in a number of areas.

It was all entered by hand and my fat fingers may have made an error on spellings, so please let me know if I’ve messed up!

Photos from the day are on Flickr so if you have any pics that are show related that you’d like to add to the site, drop us a line through the contact form and we’ll be in touch to get them uploaded. Don’t forget, if you’re photographically minded, we’re also after suggestions for the next show themes (submit ideas here.)

Thanks again everyone! Feet-up time now.


Done & Dusted – A Big Thankyou!

20150801-_DSF0662So we’re all done and dusted and the 2015 show is all over.

There are so many people to thank…

Did you come and see the show and buy a raffle ticket or make a donation? Thankyou! Raffle money is a significant contribution to the funds for next years show and without it, we’d be stretched to afford all the bits and bobs (and blu-tack!) that make things run so smoothly. Every pound is much appreciated and we’re completely reliant on the generosity of the community to fund the show year after year.

Did you take the time to enter something? Give up a bit of your Friday night to come down and enter, pay your entry fee, then get out of bed early on Saturday to bring your exhibit down? Thankyou! Without the entries we’d have no show. This year, the community centre was full of colour. From the flowers, to the photos to the art and the handicrafts. Such a huge display of talent from across the whole spectrum of creativity.

Did you sponsor the show or donate a raffle prize? Thankyou! As I said above. Without some form of income, the show would not go on! All our volunteers are unpaid, but unfortunately some things cost money. We’re losing our Horticultural Society sponsorship for 2016, so things will be even tighter. Your contributions are essential to keeping us going.

Did you donate time and energy to make the show happen? Thankyou! From staying behind at the end to pull blu-tack off the walls, to hoofing great big tables back to their homes across Weaverham. Without our volunteers, we simply wouldn’t be able to make this happen. Starting Friday night, the physical work didn’t stop until Saturday night when hopefully you all got home to a nice pair of slippers and a cold drink of your choice.

Did you work in the kitchens? From supplying our volunteers with tea & coffee, to laying on a fantastic lunch for our judges and sponsors. Completely behind the scenes, yet absolutely essential to a big part of the show. Thankyou for all your hard work!

Did you judge an exhibit? Thankyou! As a temporary steward this year, I got an insight into just how difficult it is to judge exhibits. A lot of work went in to them, and speaking to a judge, I understood just how tough it can be to differentiate “excellent” from “excellent”. Someone has to win, and many people don’t – but that’s not because their entries are poor.

Did you work on the committee? Thankyou! Without the scurrying back and forth over the village – trying to get the best prices for services, storing all the things needed for the show, making difficult decisions on blu-tack quantities (this isn’t going to ever die Joy) and putting up with my stupid questions and suggestions the show would be chaos incarnate.

It was wonderful to hear people excited to discover they had won. One lad, extremely excited to win a junior section, had a  look  of delight on his face as he said “I came first!”. Another lady punched the air as she left the centre! Good for you whoever you are.

Over the next week or so, I’ll get some photos up and also the ever important results. So please feel free to drop us an email or use the contact form with your feedback. We’ll take a well earned break until the Winter now, but we’re interested to hear what you thought, and of course, if you have any suggestions for photo categories for next year. I’ve also set up a Flickr account for the show as the website photo hosting isn’t great. If you want me to put any of your photos up, please email me at ian (at) weaverhamshow.co.uk with your details and I’ll make sure you get full credit.

See you soon.

And Thankyou all.


We’re Ready!

20150731-_DSF0645We’re all ready to go. Entry forms are in, and we’ve got a great Show lined up for tomorrow. Remember to bring your exhibits in before 10.30am unless they are framed art prints in which case you have to be there a little earlier to allow our minions to hang them all up.

We have plenty of Blu-Tack as you can see, and there’s been a lot of hard work behind the scenes to ensure things go as smoothly as they can in the morning. I met a few new entrants this evening on the reception desk and it was nice to see some new people coming to have a go at some of the categories.

Best of luck to all who entered. You’re the ones who make it all worthwhile!

See you tomorrow!