Show team plan for 50th event

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AS THE dust set­tles on a bumper vil­lage show, or­gan­is­ers look to next year’s an­niver­sary event.

The team be­hind the Sut­ton Ex-Ser­vice­men’s Club 49th An­nual Flower and Veg­etable Show ear­lier this month were pleased with a turnout of hun­dreds of visi­tors to the event.

Nearly 200 peo­ple dis­played 1,124 ex­hibits at the club in­clud­ing bak­ing, pho­tog­ra­phy and art, and in a mar­quee on land owned by Peter and Jenny Bar­ber.

The or­gan­is­ers say it’s one of the best shows around, at a time when sim­i­lar com­mu­nity shows are strug­gling.

They want to build on the mo­men­tum of this year for next year’s 50th an­niver­sary show – which they say will be big­ger and bet­ter still.

Robert Barnard, show sec­re­tary, said: “Next year is a re­ally big thing for us.

“At a time where other vil­lage shows are fold­ing due to, among other things, fi­nan­cial pres­sures and lack of sup­port ours goes from strength to strength. We are one of the big­gest vil­lage shows in town if not East Cheshire.

“The show has be­come a pop­u­lar fix­ture in the vil­lage di­ary and no sooner as this year’s show is over do we start to look ahead to next year. To get to 50 shows is amaz­ing.

“The vil­lage is re­ally still en­gaged. I’ve had so many nice com­ments fol­low­ing this year’s show, and so we hope to make next year big­ger and bet­ter than ever.”

Robert is en­cour­ag­ing al­lot­ment so­ci­eties and gar­den­ers, bak­ers, flower ar­rangers, artists, pho­tog­ra­phers and chil­dren to join the fun.

He said: “If you’ve never ex­hib­ited at a show be­fore ours is a great one to cut your teeth on, great fun but still com­pet­i­tive.

“We don’t raise much money and to break even can be a chal­lenge but the re­cent sup­port of Jobling Gowler has been a god­send and we also have fundrais­ers ahead of the show to help cover the costs.

“The show is more than mak­ing money, it’s a great way of bring­ing the com­mu­nity to­gether.

“I’m plan­ning a cou­ple of big things for next year.”

Next year’s show is on Sun­day, Septem­ber 4.

Con­tact Robert Barnard on 07970 106074, email robert­barnard1@ bt­in­ter­net.com or visit sut­ton­show.co.uk.

Jen Urwin

●● Some of the many peo­ple who en­joyed this year’s An­nual Flower and Veg­etable Show ear­lier this month. Now or­gan­is­ers are look­ing ahead to the 50th show in 2016

●● Singer Lisa Mills will per­form gig at Langley Vil­lage Hall

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