Last Bank Holiday Monday saw Harry Potter, Johnny Depp and a host of other dishevelled Celebs visiting Lydiard Millicent.
The characters had not taken a wrong turn from their more glamourous Hollywood haunts, but were entries in this year’s Village Show. The class, aimed at groups and families, was to build a scarecrow with the theme of Movies. And it proved immensely popular, with two prizes. One was awarded by the show’s judges, the other by those visiting the show, the People’s Choice.
The scarecrow competition alone attracted 21 entries, which made for a colourful line up in the car park. Overall, there were 323 entries in the entire show, spread across the 37 classes.
The Junior Bake Off Classes, photography and the writing classes proved especially popular.
Lydiard Millicent Primary School and Preschool were actively involved. The Early Years Make and Decorate a Wooden Spoon Class attracted 35 entries! Young poets and writers were also well-represented with 29 entries in the KS2 My Favourite Things class.
The Victoria Sponge Cake Class saw some stiff competition too, with Sue Merrick and Laura Hobbs sharing first place.
Rachel Fairfax won the KS3/4 class Make, Bake and Name your Own Pizza, with her amazing octopus creation. And Sam Gattenby won the KS2 Bake Off Class, with a truly show-stopping cake that had a decidedly contemporary twist (and not a sprinkle or marzipan rose in sight).
All Saints Church hosted some beautiful flower arrangements and art works, show-casing the wide range of creative talents in the village.
Some of the more traditional handicraft classes drew fewer entries, although there were some interesting and imaginative pieces on show. The organisers are thinking of ways to widen the appeal of these classes for next time.
Another innovation this year, was the Men-Only Baking Class, which attracted a range of savoury and sweet pastries. Ian Penning won first place, with Craig Scott coming second and David Cain third. The men also did well with their bread making, Tudor Roberts taking second place and David Cain third. Janet Fowler came first.
Despite the inclement weather, Lydiard Millicent school choir and maypole dancers gave an amazing performance. And Cake Break, as ever, excelled themselves with tea, coffee and a profusion of sweet things.
This year’s Village Show was the best yet. And planning has already started for next year’s. The organisers welcome feedback, and suggestions.
Finally, the results for the various classes are set out below. If I’ve inadvertently missed any one out, please let me know.
Early Years, Make and decorate a wooden spoon
1st, Florrie Reader, 2nd, Aveline Millington, 3rd, Evie Singleton, Highly Commended, Freya Kayani
Early Years, Junk model, any animal
1st, Aveline Millington, 2nd, Florrie Reader, 3rd, Sophie Gray, Highly Commended, Chloe Barroussel
KS1,Create a 3D model of a building
Ist, Meredith Penning, 2nd, Charlie Caple, 3rd, Lucy Fairfax, Highly Commended, Austin Lloyd
KS1, Create a picture with the theme of animals
1st, Scarlett Wimshurst, 2nd. Harriet James, 3rd, Alyssya Dennis, Highly Commended, Sophie Cull, Jaya Grewal, Maryam Badu, Lucy Fairfax, Chloe Brown
KS2, Write a poem with the theme My Favourite Things
Ist, Jessica Corp, 2nd, Eleanor Fairfax, 3rd, Rhiannon Caple, Highly Commended, Evan Penning, Jessica Cull, Isabelle Alexander
KS2, Create a minature garden
1st, Joshua Lingham/Lauren Ambrose, 3rd, James Gray, Highly Commended, Jesenia Willis, Eleanor Fairfax
KS2, The Lydiard Bake Off, a show-stopping cake
1st, Sam Gattenby, 2nd, Evan Penning, 3rd, Mya Fullarton, Highly Commended, Summer Hobbs, Lucy Benn, Isabelle Alexander, Rhiannon Caple, Oz Scott, Joshua Lingham-Scelier, Eleanor Fairfax, Olivia Lloyd
KS3/4, Any craft
Ist, Camille Phillipon, 2nd, Hayley Ambrose, 3rd, Zoe Benn, Highly Commended, Elizabeth Selwood, Camille Phillipon
KS3/4, Photography with the theme of The Sky
1st, Kirstie Ambrose/Rachel Fairfax, 3rd, Alexndra Gattenby
KS3/4, Cookery, Make Bake and Name your own pizza
1st, Rachel Fairfax, 2nd, Jensen Hill
FAMILIES AND GROUPS
Make a scarecrow with the theme of The Movies
1st, Art Club, 2nd, The Motley Crew, 3rd, The Fairfax family, Highly Commended, The Dog Club, The Millington Family, All Saints Youth Group, Y6 Lydiard Millicent School
8″ round Victoria Sandwich Cake
1st, Sue Merrick/Laura Hobbs, 2nd, Christine Cook, 3rd, H Scott, Highly Commended, Diana Toogood
One loaf of bread
1st, Janet Fowler, 2nd, Tudor Roberts, 3rd, David Cain, Highly Commended, Sarah Hill Wheeler
Four scones, fruit, plain or savoury
1st, Christine Cook, 2nd, Tricia Roberts, 3rd, Sheila Rumming
8″ round fruit cake
1st, Tricia Roberts,
Men only, a sweet or savoury pastry item
1st, Ian Penning, 2nd, Craig Scott, 3rd, David Cain
HOME PRODUCE CLASSES
Home brewed, any drink
1st, Sarah Lingham, 2nd, Sarah Hill Wheeler, 3rd, Tricia Roberts
Jam, marmalade or honey
1st, Howard Benn, 2nd, Michael Elliot, 3rd, David Tapscott
Chutney or pickle
1st, Josh Fowler, 2nd, Sarah Hill Wheeler, 3rd, John Halstead
Eggs, six hens eggs
1st, Sarah Hill Wheeler, 2nd, Laura Hobbs, 3rd, Heather Benn
1st, Tracey Rapson, 2nd, Sue Merrick, 3rd, David Poulton
A piece of cross-stich or embroidery
1st, Phillipa Newman, 2nd, Christine Cook, 3rd, Becky Fullarton
Knitting, a figure or figurine
1st, Lesley Green, 2nd, Lynn Wilson, 3rd, Christine Cook
A piece of quilting or patchwork
1st, Margaret Jarvis, 2nd, Christine Cook, 3rd, Jean Margetts, Highly Commended, Sheila Rumming
A handmade greetings card
1st, Lesley Green, 2nd, Christine Cook, 3rd, Diane Crawford
Woodwork or metal work on the theme of birds
1st, David Tapscott, 2nd, Howard Benn
A flower arrangement in a wine glass
1st, Ann Hutchinson, 2nd, Jane Butler, 3rd, Paddie Adams, Highly Commended, Melissa Millington
An arrangement with the theme A Walk in the Woods
1st, Jane Butler, 2nd, Diana Shepherd, 3rd, Sarah Lingham
PAINTING AND DRAWING
Any medium, The Human Anatomy
Any medium, An Everyday Object
1st, Margaret Tapscott, 2nd, Paul Rapson, 3rd, Tudor Roberts
Any medium, A Local Beauty Spot
1st, David Poulton, 2nd, Margaret Tapscott, 3rd, Harry Benn
Hands and Feet
1st, Sally Fairfax, 2nd, Jamie Edwards, 3rd, Sian Penning, Highly Commended, Dale Gray
I saw this…..!
1st, Tricia Roberts, 2nd, Sian Penning, 3rd, John Halstead, Highly Commended, Rachel Fletcher, Kaishem Wilson
1st, Jake Bennett, 2nd, Sian Penning, 3rd, Rachel Fletcher
Prose, a 250 word short story beginning, The sun rose in a cloudless sky
1st, Sarah Hill Wheeler, 2nd, Sally Fairfax, 3rd, Judith Mumford, Highly Commended, Tricia Roberts
A poem or piece of prose on the thme Emotions
1st, Sally Fairfax, 2nd, Tricia Roberts, 3rd, Ian Penning
A limerick with a local theme
1st, Sian Penning, 2nd, Jill Winson, 3rd, Sally Fairfax, Highly Commended, Diana Shepherd