West End Summer Show
The August Bank holiday
weekend brought the annual West End Show to the green. We competed well with Hampton Court and
Sandown Variety Club Race Day and the show was well supported by large
crowds all afternoon.
The entries to the show
classes were above average, but slightly down on the record numbers of the
previous year, perhaps due to the hot July and water shortages.
Nevertheless the standard of the exhibits was very high, and some of the
classes were particularly well supported - there were over 20 Cherry cakes
for the judge to decide between. A number of entries, including some giant
marrows and pumpkins, flowers and cakes, were left to be auctioned at the
end of the show. Some enthusiastic bidding organised by Ian Richardson from
Garsons, enabled over Ł120 to be raised for charity.
The show was lucky enough to
have the British Legion band from Farnborough , who provide a splendid
variety of band music. A number of the band had been or were professional
musicians and they contributed to a very high standard.
The dog show as well supported
with record entries of over 120 beautiful dogs, it was certainly made it a
difficult task for the judges.
There were plenty of
activities for the children as well: several races, well attended
performance by the Clown, and an enormous bouncy castle provided by Esher
and Mail. The children’s rides
were traditional and low tech, and were very much enjoyed particularly by
the younger children. The children’s sports were keenly contested with Theo
Pittarides winning the Junior Challenge cup, and Jessica Roberts winning
the older children’s Alan Hunter Memorial Cup.
There were many charity stalls
who raised money on the day, and who were along side the commercial stalls.
The local Masonic Lodge had a particularly enterprising artificial putting
course, which was popular with both golfers and would be golfers.
Financially the show did well
and the committee hope to make some large donations to local charities
again this year. The committee is delighted to be well support by the
residents of West End and by local businesses.
Nick Tulloch’s winning photograph
New committee members are always welcome, and if you
can commit to a few hours during the year and to be around on the next
August Bank Holiday, then please
ring Andrew Strong, Chairman (01932
227059) or Michelle Hanley,
Secretary (01372 463753).
Gerry Fawcett’s “Charlie” sporting his
for 5th place in the Cross Breed class
for the second