We were so fortunate again this year, the weather was very good, the crowds arrived, and the day’s activities went according to plan.
The 250 children who came, had so much to do, they went home happy and exhausted. Bale assault course, climbing tower and bouncy castle. Coconut shy, football games and crockery smashing. Tractor rides and donkey rides. Ice creams to eat, beef burgers and hot dogs, even pancakes with your favourite topping. Fire engine to climb and Punch and Judy show to sit and watch or having their faces painted or hair braided. BEST OF ALL the children’s running races and tug of war in the ring, more please next year they shouted!
While the children were happily occupied, their parents and friends had plenty to see. There was always something going on in the ring from 12 noon to 4.30pm.starting with the very entertaining and energetic pony club, how do they manage to stay on those feisty horses? The majestic and huge Shire horse parade is a sight to behold, we were so lucky to have ten of them this year. A fine array of classic cars and tractors, terrier racing and carriage driving followed.
Many people came with their much loved dogs to show them and hopefully to win prizes at the dog show, they had another successful day.
Much goes on outside the ring of course, plants, cakes and jams to buy, tombola prizes to win. Pimms or beer to drink, teas and homemade cakes to indulge in, or a good bun and beef burger with onions. Of course all this is going on with the jazz band playing, people laughing and chatting. It was a great atmosphere. A REAL COUNTRY SHOW!
There was a lot of work, but a lot of camaraderie over many months, but this has been very rewarding.
We have been able to distribute £10,000. Some going to the village charities, the village hall and parish church.
We have also given £1000 to the NSPCC ChildLine at the harvest supper.
At the Christmas fair on December 17th we are presenting cheques for £500 each to The Riding for Disabled, The Blood bikes, and The Friends of Whitchurch Hospital.
Many thanks go to the helpers and loyal sponsors.