A Month To Go…

We’re just a month away from the 24th Show, so now’s the time to think about getting photos printed off in time if you’re sending them off. Don’t forget you can download the schedules here, or just have a browse through the classes using the menu at the top of the site. If your children are now off school and already twiddling their thumbs, have a look at some of the junior categories to see if there’s something they can have a go at entering. I know I’m always amazed by the quality of our youth entries. If you’re new to the show, have a read of our “how to enter” page for more information.

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.

2017 Show Photographic Categories

This week saw the first committee meeting of the 2017 show and the first order of business was to decide the photographic categories. They’ll be properly “classed up” in the next few months, but for now, they are….

  • Barons Quay
  • Machinery
  • My Companion
  • Tracks
  • Fashion
  • Close Up

The Weaverham Trust category is still to be formally advised, but I’m reliably informed it’s something to do with weather…

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!


Presenting Your Potatoes (or any other veg…)

Well folks, I’ve been off my feet for the last 5 weeks with a pair of crutches and an instruction to keep my foot above my heart, so the Show updates have almost stopped. One of our gardening experts though as dropped a few “top tips” over to me, which I’ll duly pass on.


  • Read the schedule. Four first class onions will not win if the schedule says five.
  • Lift root veg close to Show day and be sure to include every bit of fine root -for showing – presentation is everything.
  • Wash root veg well. Long roots like carrots should be wiped around rather than along their length. A kitchen sponge can be used with care. Scratches will not show on a wet item but when dry will spoil the appearance.
  • Arrange your exhibits to look their best  for instance with 3 carrots put best in the middle, tie stems with raffia or string and cut them off to same length.
  • Sit shallots on a plate of dry sand and onions on small rings.

So that’s it. Useful advice for those that weren’t aware!

We’re two weeks away from the show now, and the signs should be going up around the village. If anyone can snap one for me to put on the site, I’d be grateful, as I’m not going to be out and about much until the show probably.

See you on the 13th! Or maybe the 12th if you come and register when I’m booking in. Instructions for entering can be found on the Take Part page, and as usual, you can download the schedule which has all the information.

Or you can pick up a paper copy from one of the local shops!

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!