Last Call For Photo Categories…

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Happy New Year everyone!

January sees the committee making a decision on the photographic categories for the show so that we can give you all plenty of time to hunt out your favourites, or better still – go shoot something just for the show.

We’ve been tracking the categories for a few years now and are trying to come up with new themes whilst still trying to keep things as open as possible. Topics such as “A Bridge”, “Reflections” and “Cheshire” have been well supported with less broad categories such as “A Toy Story”, “Grandparents” and “A Celebration” not being quite so successful.

Please help us out by providing us with some themes we can consider. Or we could end up with “Rear View” like we had in 2011 – which might be worth another run out just to see the entries. You can suggest themes here, and you don’t have to leave any contact details and no information about you is stored on the site.

As soon as the categories are agreed upon, we’ll update the site and the next edition of the Weaverham News should carry the information too.

Roll on 2016!

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!

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

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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.

Ian.

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St Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival

Hi folks,

Well – it’s December, and Christmas is just around the corner. Hope you haven’t suffered too much damage due to the poor weather recently! We lost our guttering, but as it was ready to fall off anyway, the wind just brought things forward a bit.

This coming weekend sees the opening of St Mary’s Christmas Tree festival, at which the Show will be displaying a tree with home made decorations. It only lasts for this coming weekend so if you want to pop down to the church to see the handiwork of local businesses and community organisations, then you can visit on Friday/Saturday (11/12 Dec) between 3 & 8pm where festive refreshments will be served, or if you’re in a singing mood, then Sunday 13th @ 4pm might be a better time with festive carols for all the family.

Have a safe and lovely Christmas everyone. We’ll be back in the New Year. Although I may post some photos of out Christmas tree. Especially if there is a Blu-Tack decoration.

Ian.

Part of the community…

 

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Well November is here and with Halloween out of the way, bonfire night is on top of us and Christmas is not so very far away. It’s been a mild Autumn so far, but there is still a wonderful array of colour to be seen out and about around the village.

And speaking of the village, did you know that the Weaverham Parish Council has a website? It’s here if you’re interested and does detail a lot of the work they do. With 6,000 residents in the village, it’s interesting to note that only around 3% of them ether the show every year. Perhaps you could speak to a neighbour and get them interested?

Another interesting community site I’ve recently discovered is Streetlife. You put your postcode in and register with an email address and it behaves as a geographical social network, allowing you to keep in touch with events/things close to where you live. There are a lot of people asking for recommended handy(wo)men and trustworthy places to take cars, as well as local events happening close to you. Also, we have our very own Weaverham Trust site (the folks behind the Weaverham News) where you can download copies of past magazines or even the most recent one (coming to a doormat near you soon!).

Finally, here at HQ you’d be forgiven for thinking that everyone is taking a well earned break before planning for the 2016 show commences in January. The committee is hard at work though. Peter is doing some wood turning, Joy is busy crocheting pea pods and carrots, Pat is sewing bunting and Liz is making gingerbread men and stained glass window biscuits. Ian is just standing around with wire cutters at the moment, but in December all will be revealed when the Weaverham & Acton Bridge show joins other groups, businesses and schools from around Weaverham in decorating a Christmas tree for the St Mary’s Christmas Tree Festival.

If you’re interested in coming along and seeing more of the fantastic creativity, keep an eye on the site here. I’ll post the dates as soon as they’re official.

Oh, and Liz… Stained glass biscuits….? UhHKGzs

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.

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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.

Ian.

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!

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Today’s The Day

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It’s finally here! The sun is out, the sky is blue… etc etc.

Today’s the day for submitting your entry forms. We’ll be at the community centre  from 1pm ’till 8pm today taking your entry forms. There’s still time to have a last minute go at one of the categories. Download the full schedule here, or just the entry form.

Good luck to all who enter!

Less Than 2 Weeks To Go!

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The Blu-Tack is being warmed, the sun will hopefully stay with us for a couple more weeks, and the army of volunteers are ready to get cracking. None of this would be worth it without your entries though, so now is the time to start thinking about getting involved this year. There’s something for everyone to enter – though I shall steer clear of baking anything. With no entry for fish finger sandwiches, I’ll be restricting myself to what I’m better than average at.

If you’ve grown something in your garden, why not have a go at something in the Fruit & Veg section. Even cherries or other fruit from trees/bushes can enter in the “plate of any other fruit”. Maybe you’ve got some nice roses, or any other flowers that are looking particularly pretty this time of year. Or perhaps you’re better at domestic produce. Like I said, it’s not my area, although I am still campaigning for a job as a judge in this section. Unfortunately, my only qualification is that I like eating…

Do you have a camera? Or even a mobile phone with a camera? The image quality from modern cameras built into phones is amazing. As you’re out and about, bear in mind the photographic topics for this year. They’re quite general themes, but remember to allow time to get them printed. The max size for your images (including mount) is A4.

Maybe you’re more into art or handcrafts. Last year, we had some amazing entries in the Art section (but bear in mind that they need to be supplied with hooks & string as well as entered slightly earlier to allow our team to get them all hung). Along with sections for traditional handcrafts, as well as metalwork & woodwork, we’ve added a model made of any material, including kits – so why not pop down to the model shop in Northwich and grab an Airfix kit? Show the kids that there is something to do that doesn’t involve a screen!

Speaking of the younger members of our community, there’s plenty for them too. As the schools have now broken up, why not encourage them to use some of that downtime to enter one of the junior categories? If you’re under 12, we have some pictures you can colour in and if you’re under 16 there are plenty of categories to look at for the handier youngsters. All junior entries are free, so what’s to lose?

Entering the show is easy. Just download an entry form (or the full schedule) from here. Have a skim through the rules. Fill out your entry form and bring it, along with 25p per entry (unless you’re under 16 – in which case it’s free!) to the community centre on Friday 31st July. On Saturday morning, fetch your exhibits in, then come back and 2pm to see how you did. Trophies and cups are awarded at 4pm with the raffle shortly after.

It’s a great way to get involved in the community and see how talented the local people of Weaverham & Acton Bridge really are.

See you in a couple of weeks!

Ian.

Schedule Available…!

flower-collageHappy June everyone! Well… Yesterday wasn’t so great, but hopefully it will improve in the coming weeks. The schedule is now available in the Download section along with (almost) all the other downloads for the show this year. You’ll soon start to see physical copies at the usual haunts, but the technically savvy can get a jump start by downloading either the whole schedule, or just the entry form.

One thing that has been finalised (well it was a while ago… I’m not super fast on my updates this year…) is the category for the junior handicraft section L16 – “A collage made up of flower pictures”. This is a trophy provided by and awarded by the Weaverham Trust and is open to any junior artist up to, and including, 16 years old. There’s more detail at the bottom of the junior handicraft page here if you’re interested and you can download the template here.

If you’re a local school taking part again in the show this year, you can also download templates for the junior art here and read more about the categories here. Previous years have seen the wall of the community centre covered in colour from these works so it would be really good to see these entries flood in.

Don’t forget! All entries for under 16s are free!