A dry, sunny day dawned on the morning of the Brindle Village Show. Over 200 people came later to view 337 exhibits in the adult classes and 129 in the children’s classes. A new class for repaired or recycled items was introduced in memory of Miss Ruth Aspinall by William de Hamel, who presented the trophies.
There were tales of the last sweet peas standing, the failure of a rose to bloom in time and a marrow that did not grow beyond six inches. There were hens that did not lay, cakes that did not rise and an absence of pansies. However there was plenty of enthusiasm and in the competitive nature of the men’s set recipe, even the rector admits to staying up late into the night to produce a second maderia cake after the first one collapsed.
The judges recognised a high standard of entries throughout the show and after a great deal of collaboration the Adult Best in Show Trophy was awarded to Deborah Norris and the children’s Best In Show was received by Harry Cross. In the adult potato challenge Eric Hindle produced a crop of 2.5kg, the lowest weight being 0.530kg but James Walmsley’s potatoes weighed in at an amazing 4.510kg. It was disappointing however that of 36 bags, potatoes and compost given free to children only 11 were returned. Did they all die off ?
The committee would like to thank all those volunteers who come to help set up for the Show, clear away, act as stewards or run the cafe, with contributions of cake gratefully received from Brindle WI and others. Brindle Village Show will only continue to be successful if it is supported by so many members of the community of all ages who participate every year, demonstrating an outstanding range of skills and talents and interests. As usual the outline of the next schedule will be published in Brindle Voice in March 2018 and we hope you will take part again next year on the first Saturday in September.