Sun shines on vil­lages’ show and fete

Aldershot News & Mail - - NEWS -

vil­lages joined forces for another fun-packed fam­ily show last Satur­day.

The 61st flower show and fete or­gan­ised by Dog­mers­field, Winch­field and Crookham Vil­lage Hor­ti­cul­tural So­ci­ety took place at Pil­cot Farm in Dog­mers­field.

Attractions in­cluded per­for­mances by Bagshot Brass Band, a Punch and Judy show, crafts, games and sideshows.

There were also chil­dren’s events and races, cars and mo­tor­bikes, a birds of prey demon­stra­tion, pony rides and a tent of­fer­ing home­baked cakes.

So­ci­ety chair­man Brian Lev­er­sha was de­lighted with this year’s show.

“We had a good turnout with a good few hun­dred peo­ple com­ing along,” he said.

“We thought the storm on the Fri­day af­ter­noon was go­ing to cause us a lot of trou­ble, but on Satur­day the sun came out and the ground dried up very quickly so a po­ten­tial dis­as­ter was averted.

“Every­one said what a mar­vel­lous show it was and how every­one thor­oughly en­joyed it.”

Mr Lev­er­sha said Bagshot Brass Band were ‘ex­cel­lent’ and the tea tent was a sell­out.

“A lot of the flow­ers and vegeta­bles were dam­aged in the storm the day be­fore but we still had a good turnout of en­tries,” he added. “We also had a good turnout of clas­sic cars and mo­tor­bikes and for the first time this year we wel­comed Huxley’s Birds of Prey, spon­sored by the Four Sea­sons Ho­tel.”

Fleet and Crookham Lo­cal His­tory Group had a stand at the show, with Janet Buck­ley’s dis­play of Then and Now pho­to­graphs prov­ing pop­u­lar, along with old pic­tures of Dog­mers­field and First World War sto­ries of sev­eral lo­cal men.

Jim Lunn’s folder of in­for­ma­tion about Dog­mers­field also at­tracted in­ter­est, while show vis­i­tors shared their mem­o­ries and pho­to­graphs with group mem­bers.

Mr Lev­er­sha said the evening barn dance in the main mar­quee, with danc­ing to the mu­sic of the Hogs Back Band, was a great suc­cess.

“We had the high­est at­ten­dance we’ve ever had and the Hogs Back Band went down very well,” he added.

Or­gan­is­ers are still count­ing the pro­ceeds from the show, which will go to­wards hor­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety funds.

Fleet and Crookham Lo­cal His­tory Group mem­bers man their stand. From left: Bridget Har­nett, Yvonne Wy­att, Pat Macken­zie, Janet Buck­ley and Colin Broadley.

The en­thu­si­asts’ car cor­ner at the 61st Flower Show and Fete.

Vicky Jackson feeds a don­key.

Vic­tory: Suc­cess in the tug of war com­pe­ti­tion.

The calm be­fore the storm: The tea tent proved a sell-out at the event.

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