Flower Show - 7th September
We staged its annual Flower & Village Show on Saturday 7th September and a great time was had by the many people who came along from far and wide.
As well as lots of people from Theale, Wedmore and surrounding villages, we also had a number of holidaymakers who come and stay in Theale just to be part of the Flower Show every year – it’s that popular! It’s was nice also to meet lots of people from the villages around Theale who’ve never been to the Flower Show – and they all said how much they enjoyed it! We were also blessed (as we usually are!) with fine weather.
The heart of the Show is always the Competition with many entries this year from children & adults alike. The Children’s entries range from drawing & painting to imaginative hybrid Lego models (not from a kit) as well as photos and cookery. For adults there’s the full range of competition classes from fruit & flowers (including flower arrangements), vegetables, cookery (with special classes for men!), Eggs, Honey, Wine & Cider Art & Photography. In addition, we have the very popular “Ted’s Taters” in which competitors have to grow as many potatoes in 25kg of soil, the winner being the one who grows the most weight of potatoes!
As in previous years, there are many Cups & Awards for Class winners presented, with most competition classes strongly supported by local Sponsors who provide prizes or gifts to class winners. We’d like to thank all our Sponsors for their generous support.
It’s so easy to enter the Competition too . Entries were taken in person at The Panborough on the previous Wednesday and Thursday, with thanks to David Folland for opening the pub especially on these evenings. On show day, competitors were able to place their exhibits easily with the help of clear signage and helpers on hand to help
And this year entries completed online totalled almost the same as those made in person a trend for the future, we’re sure.
There’s always lots to do once you’re touring the Show; this year we had an hilarious Maypole Dance organised by Bernard & Liz Coulter and enthusiastically joined in by children & adult children alike! We also had Punch & Judy, pottery demonstrations by local potter Jan Tomes, children’s craft games & skills and our very popular Companion Dog Show, so kindly supported & staged by Westfield Vets. And our special thanks to Jean Tincknell, who presented her flower arranging demonstration to a very appreciative audience, who then created their own arrangements with Jean’s help.
Of course, there’s the ever popular Teas & Cakes (though you normally have to queue for a seat, it’s that popular) as well as our well-stocked bar with ales from Cheddar Ales and wine from The Mendip Bottle.
Next year’s Show is planned for Saturday 5th September – you really must come along and join in the fun!
It’s takes a lot of effort to stage the Flower & Village show and we’re always looking for help, especially from the younger generation. Can you volunteer your help? Yes? Click here to let us know! We’ve got lots of new ideas for next year’s Show but always welcome more and different ideas.
Come along to our AGM on Monday 18th November at Theale Village Hall, get a FREE glass of wine or soft drink to lubricate the discussion and see how you can help stage next year’s Show. As always, we look forward to seeing you!