What a vision! Westbury Village Show returns in style
Carole Thorpe, 2021 Westbury Village Show organiser with 'Town Crier' Bill Long and Alexia Gardner
The ever-popular Westbury-on-Trym Village Show returned this year, delighting an even larger crowd than usual, keen to sample the tasty morsels on offer, admire the garden, craft, baking and photography exhibits on display and catch up with friends.
The traditional village show (which was postponed in 2020 due to the Covid pandemic) attracted around 750 visitors this year to the Village Hall on Saturday 4 September.
Marking the theme of the show, ‘Vision 21’, the event was opened by local resident, Louis Jamieson, and his guide dog, Kite. The South Gloucestershire Guide Dogs stand proved to be very popular with visitors, who were able to meet a number of other dogs and their owners.
The show theme was reflected in some of the stalls and classes. Henleaze opticians, Newsom & Davies, were delighted with the number of unwanted spectacles that were donated to their stall. They were collecting unwanted spectacles for re-use at clinics in Africa, India and Eastern Europe.
Pulling the elements of the day together was the organising committee, supported by this year’s show organiser, Carole Thorpe.
“Putting on the show was a step in the dark for the organising committee as we had no idea how many exhibits there would be nor how many visitors would attend,” said Carole.
“However, our optimism was well rewarded. The show went really well, helped by the amazing weather.
“The Hall looked wonderful, bright with the colours of the flowers, produce, crafts, art, cooking and photographs. And, people poured through the doors, clearly pleased to be back to some semblance of normality.
“The traditional village show atmosphere was enhanced on the day by the music of the Marshfield Brass Band. Local resident, Bill Long, certainly looked the part as the ‘Town Crier’ for the day.”
The Best in Show award (chosen by Bill Long) was won by Clare Addams for a very striking and beautifully presented collection of foliage.
In addition to the many awards for growing prize vegetables, fruit, plants and flowers there was a new category named in memory of local gardening expert, the Arthur Brice Trophy for Young Gardener of the future. This year, entrants were asked to grow a living garden in a two litre ice cream tub and the trophy was awarded to Amelie Hobbs.
Photos: Patrick Thorpe