Never mind the athletics or the start of the football season Weaverham Community Centre was the place to be on Saturday August 12th. It was buzzing when the Weaverham and Acton Bridge Show took place. There is nothing quite like a village show to bring a community together. It turned out to be the best supported Show in our history. There were around one thousand entries to judge which was no mean feat as the quality of exhibits was extremely high. The Show had over 600 individual entries with the rest coming through local schools , playgroups and Brownies. Those of you who enter the Show know the tension, emotion, and eventual relief to even get your entry in but oh the feeling of joy to receive the accolade of the judges and your fellow exhibitors. Not everyone can win but we can all be enriched by knowing there are people amongst us with such skill. It is a great way to meet people as Dorothy Robinson, who swept the board in the domestic section, confirmed when she told me that she and her husband made lots of new friends when they moved into the village two years ago and entered for the first time.
There is a full list of class winners here and some superb photographs of exhibits over on Flickr. There were so many fantastic entries it is difficult to single out any particular one. There were hundreds of photographic entries. The ‘Barons Quay’ class had some superb shots of the ‘prestigious development’ in Northwich and won Sarah Cavanagh the Ian Houghton Trophy. Perhaps she might be persuaded to loan the photo to CWAC for promotional purposes!
The Children’s Section is always a riot of creativity and colour but this year excelled itself with ingenious working models and sheer exuberance and joy. If all these children are still entering the Show as adults we are in for a superb treat in the future. What was particularly encouraging was to see whole families bringing in entries and how proud their children were of their entries. If the Committee were allowed to be judges many more of the children would have received a prize. Benedict Clenton won the best overall exhibit in the junior section for his larger than life model of a very angry looking wasp that came complete with buzz.
The Show Committee would like to thank the judges, stewards, sponsors and volunteers who work so hard to put on the Show and the Weaverham Community Association for the use of the Centre. They provided delicious afternoon teas for a huge number of visitors. The buzz of conversation rivalled that of our wasp. Most of all we would like to give a big thank you to all those people who made the Show such a success by entering exhibits and sharing their skills and craftsmanship. We hope they will return next year and that more people will join them to make our 25th Anniversary Show another resounding success.
Elizabeth Gidley on behalf of the Show Committee