Do the words ‘village show’ conjure up images of welly wanging, hoopla and coconut shy? Or do they make you think of tug-o-war, tombola and plant stalls? To those involved with the annual Long Marston & Puttenham village show, they mean any and all of these things together with an element of the weird and wacky!
The first show was organised in August 1936 and almost every year since then the show has been held on Long Marston Recreation Ground on the first Saturday in August. This year is no exception. The ‘rec’ will be a hive of activity from 2pm – 5pm, whilst in the Victory Hall there will be the annual Horticultural Exhibition for both adults and children. Entries are welcome from everyone and will be judged strictly, fairly and anonymously; so when the show programme lands on your doormat why not see which classes you could enter and have a go.
The success of the show depends entirely on your support, both in terms of attendance and entries and input from everyone in the community is an intrinsic part of the day. All monies raised on the day are used to support community events during the year for the benefit of everyone, so come along and be part of a traditional, community event.
We look forward to seeing you there.
Article by Sally Smith
Village News Article – July 2015.
Plans are well under way for this year’s Annual Long Marston Village Show. With the 200th anniversary of the battle of Waterloo this year, we are hoping that Napoleon may make an appearance and the return of wellie-wanging! With all the usual stalls and a possible new event in the arena, things look set for a great day on 1st August. Keep the date in your diary!
Firstly, however, is our annual community day and rounders competition on the 14th June on the recreation ground behind the Victory Hall. All you have to do is bring your own picnic after 1pm and join in the fun. The following week is the Marsworth Steam Rally, where the Horti will be running the burger stall next to the beer tent, so we’ll see you there!
Article by Toby Davidson.
Spring is in the air approaching and, following our village pantomime in February, the Long Marston & Puttenham Horticultural Society are busy planning our summer schedule. We start with supporting the Annual Charity Football Match between the ‘School’ side of the village and the ‘Pub’ side. Plans are coming along nicely thanks to sponsors Fullers Brewery and locals all pulling together to make the night a success. We hope to get a large turnout and raise a lot of money & every penny goes back into the local community.
The Midsummer Picnic / Rounders Day and the Marsworth Steam Rally (see adverts) take place in June, followed by the annual Village Show on 1st August. More details on these events to follow next month.
Article by Toby Davidson.