A RECORD sum of just over £545 was raised at Newbold Pacey and Ashorne Village Show.
Organisers hailed the show a resounding success, as the ever-popular tea and homemade cakes proved a huge draw; Mary and Gordon Cobb’s giant tombola stall raised almost £130 and an exquisite selection of wood-turned items made by the late father of villager Heather Jack brought in £160.
The dog show also broke records in the number of entries; a white terrier called Murphy led by toddler Hermione Hiorns was among the stars and won the Scruffiest Pet class.
Local vet Laurie Hall judged the Waggiest Tail class and the title went to lively spaniel Zac, to the delight of his owner Fiona Moon, while the Best Turned Out was Molly Musson’s tiny terrier Fudge, complete with a jaunty hat.
The show attracted high quality entries across all classes, with a particularly strong baking section. Mary Cobb took rosettes for her homemade fruitcake, chocolate cake and cheese scones. Pete Elliott again won the homebrew prize with his eye-watering Sloe Gin, which was not for the faint-hearted! Pam Cook repeated her 2017 victory with a glorious ‘floral arrangement in a teacup and saucer’.
The judges were also impressed with Sue Philpott’s ‘5 bloom vase’ of delicate pink sweet peas. In the craft section, Heather Jack won two of the three classes with a hand knitted hat and scarf set and a beautifully embroidered poppy.
The Handsley family dominated the vegetable section, Steve showing five long straight runner beans and sister-in-law Gina taking first with tomatoes and robust courgettes. The village children delighted crowds with their decorated wellies. Winner Amy Hopkins, 8, painted hers red and added wheels and a driver to create a tractor filled with yellow sunflowers and corn stalks.
Sister Jessica, 12, was Highly Commended, painting her wellie white and black and filling it with white chrysanthemums to produce a Holstein cow eating grass.
Two-year-old Hermione Hiorns was also Highly Commended for filling one of her daddy’s wellies with herbs, pepper, tomato and courgette plants and topping it off with a beautiful butterfly.
Show organiser, Trish Handsley said: “Thanks to everyone who came to our fifth Village Show; to the exhibitors for their efforts and enthusiasm; to the expert judges who shared their knowledge and encouragement; to the villagers who generously donated tombola prizes and to the Village Hut Committee who worked so hard to pull the event together. The funds raised will help to keep our lovely village hall in tip top condition.”