Saturday August 4th was a fantastic day - very hot, sunny and dry much enjoyed by a good very happy crowd. The organisers had arranged a good variety of entertainment from The St Peter’ Hospital Band, Morris Dancers, Punch and Judy performances, and Veteran Vehicles, as well as pens of Animals (Red poll Cattle, A Donkey, Sheep and Pigs) from Oak House Farm. Ken, Mel and Kim Seager from Sproughton again very kindly masterminded and organised a most enjoyable and well supported Fun Dog event which repeated its great success in this new format. The crowd much appreciated the extra protection that had been arranged to give shading on such a hot day.
The Village was delighted to welcome 20 Visitors from the United States who were on a touring holiday in the UK and wished to experience a traditional British Village Fete. The small community of Burstall truly succeeded in achieving this for them.
In spite of the recent exceptional drought, and very hot weather, exhibitors in the Marquee had entered some excellent exhibits in all Classes.. Hugh Richards was a worthy winner of the Open Vegetable, Vegetable Grown for Pleasure, and Flower Classes, and the Best Vegetable and Flowers., Rupert Catlin winning the Burstall Vegetables Trophy The Flower Arranging Class was won by Kirsty Schartau and Lesley Raby’s arrangement of the theme ‘Sugar and Spice’ was justly awarded the Best Exhibit from strong competition in this class.
There were very strong entries in the Preserves, Cookery and Handicrafts sections, and these were much praised by the Judges. Jane Sago from Bramford, was the worthy winner of the Homemade Preserve Class, with Ann Day winning the Cookery Cup,. Gill Pryer won the Open Handicrafts Class, and the Janet Branton Best Handicraft Exhibit Shield. The Men Only Entries Class was won by Richard Sago from Bramford.
There were good entries in all the Children’s Classes, and the enthusiasm of those competing augurs well for the future. Shanade Knights, Charlie Woolf, and Chloe Macmillan won the trophies for their respective age groups. The best exhibit in these classes was won by Chloe Macmillan for her Decorated Stone. The Children’s Potato Challenge was won by Lois Holland, and the Adult’s by Martin Day. Trophies were presented by the President of the Show, to the very worthy prize winners. The standard of food continues to be 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.
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 contributed and supported the Show. Special thanks to the sponsors, 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 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.
Our small village has the continuing responsibility for maintaining its fantastic Village Hall for the benefit of all our residents both now and in the future. With the tremendous support we have had from our 65th Show, we hope we are well on the way to raising sufficient resources to fund it’s future in the tradition that has been inherited by us all. We are very grateful for the support given to this annual community event, and believe that all who visited and contributed to the Show had a very happy day out.
We shall now start preparing for next year’s Show, which will be held on Saturday 3rd August 2019.
Nicholas Fiske (President)