Flower Show and Fete 2014

Sixty-First Burstall Show

The number of exhibitors on Saturday August 2nd was slghtly less than at our Jubilee Show in 2013 but there were several quality wxhibits to catch the eye of the judges.

Entries in the vegetable section were of a very high standard, and John Mower from Hintlesham won the Class Cup, the award for the best vegetable entry in the show and the extreme vegetable awards.  Kate Woodward led the contest for Burstall vegetables, and Hugh Richards won the cup for the open flowers and best flower exhibit.  The flower arranging class was won by Jane Fiske, with Ann Burchnall winning the cup for the best flower arranging exhibit.

There were very strong entries in the preserves, cookery and handicrafts sectins, and these were much praised by the judges.  Ann Burchnall won the preserves and Burstall Cookery cups, and Jane Sago from Bramford the Open Cookery Cup.  Anna Cooper was the winner of the open handicrafts.  There were good entries in the children's classes, and the enthusiasm of those competing bodes well for the future.  Ruby Shaw, Charlie Woolf and Ben Debman won the children's trophies for their respective age groups, and the best exhibit in these classes was won by Naomi Cornish.

Musical entertainment was provided by the Frog Island Jass Band in the village hall grounds.  The presence of several classic vehicles brought back happy memories to many, and displays given by the Five Rivers Dog Agility Club demonstrated the considerable skills of dogs and their owners to great effect.

Such a happy day does not happen by accident.  Much hard work was expended by many people to achieve yet another great success.  Thanks go to all who kindly and cheerfully helped and contributed.  Special thanks to the sponsors, to the stewards, judges and exhibitors of the flower show, to donors of grand draw prizes, bottles for the tombola, and other items for sale on the stalls.  Thanks also to those who prepared the showground, organised, erected and helped with sideshows, and last but not least, to those who contributed food and served refreshments throughout the day, and to those who washed up and cleared up at the end.  The standard of food - much of it donated - was excellent, especially considering the limited resources of the small parish of Burstall.  Thosewho worked so hard to provide and serve lunches, teas, barbecue food, ice creams, cakes and drinks throughout the day really do deserve special praise.

Trophies were presented by the president of the show to the very worthy winners, and the show concluded with an auction of surplus produce (kindly donated by exhibitors).  Our small village is very grateful for the support given to this event, which raised more than £2,000 in aid of our village hall to go towards the continuing burden of its care and maintenance.

We shall now start preparing for next year's show, which will be held on Saturday August 1st 2015.

Nicholas Fiske, president