Saturday August 5 was a fantastic day in spite of having a short heavy rain shower just after the opening of the show. A very happy crowd came again to support our village show and the exhibitors 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, with Rupert Catlin winning the Best Vegetable Exhibit in the show with a pair of superb cabbages and also the Burstall Vegetables trophy. The Best Flower Exhibit was won by Jane Fiske for her house plant. The Flower Arranging Class was won by Jane Steele and her arrangement of the theme "Wedding Bells" 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, a long time member of the Burstall WI and currently president of the East Suffolk Womens Institute, was the worthy winner of the Homemade Preserves Class, with Ann Day winning the Burstall Cookery Cup and Hayley Mann from Sproughton winning the Open Cookery section. Anna Cooper from Burstall won the Open Handicrafts Class, and also a new Best Handicraft Exhibit Shield very kindly given to the village by Mike Branton in memory of his late wife Janet (nee Beaumont). This was an exceptional piece of needlework designed and crafted by Anna and was much admired by the judges and visitors. 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. Cara Crisp, Sophie and Charlie Woolf, and Paige Debman won the trophies for their respective age groups. The best exhibit in these classes was won by Ben Phillips for his "On Holiday" photograph, and the Children's Potato Challenge was won by Fran Pratt, and the Adults' by Pat Smith. The children's Biggest Spider Plant entries brought success to Charlie Evans and Katie Cooper in their respective age groups. Trophies were presented by the President of the Show to these very worthy prize winners.
Live, but rather wet at times, entertainment was provided by the Hoxen Morris Dancers and by a traditional Punch and Judy show. Several classic cars, motorcycles, and other vehicles were on show and brought back happy memories to many. Ken, Mel and Kim Seager from Sproughton very kindly masterminded and organised a most enjoyable and well supported fun dog event - a great success i this new format.
The Woolf family arranged for three pens of their farm livestock to be present - a Red Poll cow, two sheep and a sow with suckling piglets - which enhanced the wide range of stalls and side shows that were present in both the village hall grounds and the meadow behind.
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 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 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.
Just over 100 years ago, the Cranfield Family gave to Burstall our wonderful Village Hall. 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. With the tremendous support we have had from our 64th 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 to 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 August 4.
Nicholas Fiske (President)