Queens 90th Birthday Tea Party
Saturday 23rd April
We had a great time at Theale Village Hall at our Queens 90th Birthday Party serving over 60 delicious traditional sandwich and cake teas!
The Queen herself would have been impressed by the quality of the food and organisation by Lesley, Cathy, Yvonne and many others and has even given it her thumbs up (see photo). We even managed to get a mention on BBC Radio Somerset!
Our Children's Fancy Dress was won by Clara Dawkins and all of the children took part in our Children's Quiz and Drawing competition, won by Abigail Stone .
We created "One's Quiz" for adults to test their knowledge of the Queen and her life which was won by a team led by Helen Richardson. Arthur Rice made everyone laugh with a spoof story of the day the Queen came to Snake's Lane to unveil Dave Bodley's new lawnmower (a village joke......; )
Cheddar Lions have kindly supported the purchase of a new PA system which the Flower Show will use on Show day and presented a cheque for £100 to President Phil Butterworth.
A great afternoon and enjoyed by one and all !
Ted's Taters in a Tub Competition
Yes it’s back for 2016!
After a successful launch last year, we are delighted to report that Ted’s Taters ** in a Tub Competition will feature in this year’s Theale Flower Show. What weight of potatoes can you grow in a 25 litre container?
On Show Day, you will be asked to turn out the container when asked to do so by the Judges in their presence and they will weigh your crop of potatoes. The competitor with the heaviest crop will be declared the winner and you'll be awarded the prestigious Ted’s Taters in a Tub Cup
If you are keen to enter this competition, click here to leave us your details. There's no obligation at all, we just want to gauge interest.
Start planting & growing in Spring 2016! Look out for entry forms or online registration here which will be published with the Competition Schedule in early July 2016.
Need more information or have any questions? Call Ted Hatch on 01934 712842.
Or here's a useful link to show you how - click here
** (Why "Ted's Taters In a Tub"? - because local farmer and Flower Show stalwart Ted Hatch came up with the idea - simples!)
Chairmans’ Report – TFS Annual General Meeting 24.11.15
Paraphrasing Churchill’s well known saying ‘never has so much been achieved by so few’. One thing the Flower Show can’t boast of is a committee bursting to the seams with young enthusiastic people but what it can boast of in shed loads is the commitment and determination of a few.
This year has seen the return of social events – we started the year with a fund raising event for the Children’s Hospice Southwest headed by the Barnacle Buoys. Lesley and the social committee aided by volunteers catered and a hot supper was enjoyed by all who came.
In June we staged an Ascot Race Night in the Village Hall and the Orchard. Yvonne, Mary and a team of volunteers catered for this occasion and the food was indeed fit for Royalty! Everyone came suitably attired and although the evening turned out to be rather chilly we were blessed with dry weather. Thanks also to Phil & Cathy & Lesley for organising the race element of the evening.
Show Day – This year the game was to get as much organised before hand as was possible to take the stress out of the last few days leading up to the show. The Church was all set up and ready to go on Bank Holiday Monday – thanks to Matt, Pete & Tom Drew & Edwin Badman. It was a great help this year to have many hands available on site meeting night when the first of the marquees was erected.. It is a big commitment to get all four marquees erected in three nights! My sincere thanks to Dave Tucker, Alan Ellis, Dave Bodley, Dave Whitmarsh, Adrian Hutchison, Phil Butterworth, Ted Hatch, Edwin Badman, Nick Avery, David Luke, Arthur Rice, & (Edwin & Sheila’s campers).. Without them there would certainly be no show. Phil Butterworth did a grand job organising the electrics and signage as well as processing all the on line entries. Entry Nights went well apart from a slight hiccup with the village hall booking on the Thursday night. Some of our exhibitors thought they were entering a dance class rather than entering their prize winning produce! Karen Fox did a marvellous job organising our beautiful Queen and Princess, and thanks to Trev Hunt for chauffeuring them to the Show. Entries this year were up on last year which proves that exhibitors still enjoy coming along and actively participating in this traditional event, albeit a scaled down version of the original show. We had more attractions for the children this year which seemed to prove popular. The high standard of exhibits was commented on by several of the judges – thanks to Janet & Nick Avery who work tirelessly seeking sponsors to provide additional prizes for some of our classes. The dog show was reinstated and proved popular with local dog owners, thanks to Nick Avery for liaising with Axe Valley Vets. Lesley & her team did a marvellous job with lunches and teas and Janet Buckley and Colin Fox & helpers kept the bacon & BBQ going as was necessary during the day. Matt Drew & Dave Tucker did a grand job manning the bar – they were such hospitable landlords that the bar ran dry and emergency supplies had to fetched! The evening was rounded off with music by a local guitarist followed by entertainment from the Morris Men. Lights out and everyone home by 9.30 p.m feeling totally exhausted I’m sure! We had a good team of helpers on Sunday morning clearing up and packing away. Thanks to Dave & Anne Bodley, Edwin & Sheila Badman and Theale Church for the use of their land & premises.
We are so very lucky to have a team of people who are not necessarily on the committee but are always willing to come & give us a hand on show day e.g Trish & Richard Lansberry, Pam Meadows, Chris & Dave Whitmarsh, Rachel & Emma Smith & Rachel Bennett to name but a few.
We rounded off the year with our Murder Mystery Night in October. We had a great team of actors who certainly got everyone in the mood right from the very beginning. If you weren’t of a nervous disposition prior to the evening you certainly were afterwards! The blood curdling screams coming from the kitchen put everyone on edge! Thanks to Lesley & her team of volunteers for organising the food, Phil & Cathy Butterworth for organising the evening and running the bar, Bernard & Liz Coulter & the Tarts for providing the actors.
It has been a busy but enjoyable year and hopefully as a committee we have provided something for everyone in the village. Thank you to the President and all the office holders for their services to the committee. Hopefully we can take a few months off now and enjoy a well earned break before starting all over again on the 2016 show. Sincere thanks to you, the committee for your continued dedicated effort and support. Result!
And finally I would like to say a personal thank you to everyone who has supported me in my first year as Chairman.