Summer Show 2015

Sixty-Second Burstall Show

Saturday August 1st 2105 was a wonderful day weather wise, and a good crowd came again to support our Village Show. Entries in the vegetable section were of a very high standard. John Mower from Hintlesham won the Class Cup, the award for the Best Vegetable entry in the Show, and shared the Extreme Vegetable award with Hugh Richards. Kate Woodward led the contest for the Burstall Vegetables. Derek Elliston was the first winner of the new ‘Vegetables grown for Pleasure’ Class. Hugh Richards won the Cup for the Open Flowers and best Flower Exhibit. The Flower Arranging Class and best Flower Arranging Exhibit was won by Samantha Barber from Belstead.

There were very strong entries in the Preserves, Cookery and Handicrafts sections, and these were much praised by the Judges. Lisa Gardiner won the Preserves Class with Ann Day winning the Burstall Cookery Cup. Jane Sago from Bramford, a long time member of Burstall WI and currently the President of the East Suffolk Womens Institute, was the worthy winner of the Open Cookery Cup. Susie Tucker won  the Open Handicrafts Class. A new class for Men Only entries was won by Kris EvansThere were good entries in all the Children’s Classes, and the enthusiasm of those competing augurs well for the future. Sophie Woolf, Chloe Macmillan and Ben Debman won the trophies for their respective age groups. The best exhibit in these classes was won by Charlie Woolf for his Monster Vegetable.

Musical entertainment was provided by the Frog Island Jazz Band in the Village Hall grounds. Several Classic Cars, Motor Cycles Tractors and other Vehicles were on show  and brought back happy memories to many. The 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 thetombola and other items for sale on the stalls. Thanks also to those who prepared the showground, organised, erected and helped with side shows, 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 was excellent and as always is a marvellous credit to the limited resources of the small parish of Burstall. Those who worked so hard to provide and serve lunches, teas, BBQ 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 prize winners, and the Show concluded with an auction of surplus produce (kindly donated by exhibitors).

Just over 100 years ago, the Cranfield Family gave to Burstall our wonderful Village Hall, and our small village has the continuing responsibility for maintaining this fantastic asset for the benefit of all our residents both now and in the future. Improved insulation and lighting, a more efficient and a less costly heating system, and the redecoration of the interior .have all been carried out in the past year. With the tremendous support we have had from our 62nd Show, we hope we are now well on the way to raising sufficient resources to fund its exterior redecoration. We are very grateful to the support given to this event, and believe that all who visited the Show had a very happy day out.We shall now start preparing for next year’s Show, which will be held on Saturday 2nd August 2016.

Nicholas Fiske (President)