The Show took place on Saturday 1st August in Weaverham Community Centre. Thankfully the weather remained fine for people to deliver their precious exhibits and despite the afternoon’s heavy rain or perhaps because of it the Show was packed with visitors enjoying splendid displays and delicious afternoon teas. The Centre was transformed into a sensory feast.
As far as the eye could see walls and tables were covered with colour provided by quilts, handicrafts, produce, photographs, paintings and literally hundreds of brilliantly decorated children’s designs for wellies, watering cans, and kagouls. When we decided on the children’ s topics back in January how could we have known how apt they would prove for this wet and windy summer. One photograph in particular caught people’s attention and caused much hilarity – a close up of two eggs which looked just like (dare I say ) a bottom.
The Committee were delighted that the flower arranging section was so well supported and provided both colour and scent especially the class titled “A Riot in Red” won by Margaret Hitchen who also won “Best in Show” with this exhibit. She was presented with the Parish Shield by Peter Wilkinson chair of Weaverham Parish Council.
Flower scents mingled with the scents of freshly baked bread and cakes. Tastes were satisfied by delicious afternoon teas provided by the Community Centre. There was a buzz of happy conversation from entrants swapping hints and tips, friends meeting up over cups of tea and more visitors than ever discussing exhibits. This seems to sum up the happy atmosphere the Committee hopes will always be associated with the Weaverham and Acton Bridge Show. One of the most encouraging things to take into next year is the number of families and new people entering. The Russet Shield for best exhibit in the Junior section was presented by Marjorie Gorrill to Benedict and Conrad Clenton for their imaginative model. We hope that they and everyone else enjoyed the day and will be back with us next year.
The Show Committee thank the judges who worked hard and left encouraging comments on so many exhibits, sponsors both businesses and individuals, the Community Centre and most of all the volunteers who work tirelessly behind the scenes. A last big thank you to everyone who entered to make the Show a resounding success. It was difficult for each judge to choose winners from such a vast array of talented people. It would be unfair to pick out individual exhibits so please look in the Northwich Guardian and their website but also on www.weaverhamshow.co.uk which will direct you to a Flickr account with some fantastic photos.
Elizabeth Gidley Show Secretary