2017 Tina Humphrey

2016 Show

Joint Presidents – Bridget & Gavin Lewis

It is a great privilege to be joint Presidents for the 2016 Show. We are excited to find out what the committee have lined up for us all to enjoy and having previously been involved with the Show for 14 years, with Bridget as Chairman for 12 of those, we know of the hard work and dedication it takes to get to this moment.

 

In those 14 years we made many friends, across the village and beyond, seen children grow and become volunteers themselves, and have had sad losses from the committee and the community. There are of course many memorable stories, like the year of the ‘floods’, with both showground and car park under water, which saw the Show shrink to fit in and around the Hall, all set to a steel drum band!  Another memorable year was when the President lost her treasured earring and asked us to look for it – a needle in a haystack came to mind –  and so we undertook a final sweep across the field, and in the last few feet there it was!  The Show has enjoyed many aerobatic displays, most unusual for a small village, and delivers fantastic arena events year after year, a Dog Show for all shapes and sizes, great local food and drink and the Horticultural Show continues to evolve to keep pace with modern trends.

 

So you can see that this Show is much more than just what you see today, it’s a great get together for family and community, an opportunity to make friends and to be a part of something amazing. We are proud of our village and what can be accomplished to make such a special day for so many people.

Bridget and Gavin

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Chairman’s Report

 

Anticipation grew throughout the year with new and exciting attractions being added to the event programme. Thursday/Friday in the build up to the day the weather conditions, as they had been for weeks, were good and fine but oh……. 

Show day and what a huge disappointment on Saturday to wake to a damp, dull, dark and rainy day.  Oh well, as in past years we were sure the clouds would break and the powers that be would look favourably upon us with SUNSHINE.  Sadly that was not to be; however the great British resolve was evident in abundance as our loyal visitors donned their wellies, waterproofs and brollies to enjoy a great day out, no matter what the weather.

We were delighted to welcome Bridget and Gavin Lewis as Presidents for 2016 in recognition of the significant contribution they have both made to the huge success of the show over more than a decade.

Despite the poor weather the show was a success and many people had a great day, being entertained by a range of events in the arena.  Cyril the Squirrel had us all in stitches at the antics of his performing terriers.  Not at all put off by the weather we are extremely grateful to the belly dancers who must have been thoroughly chilled in their costume as they danced their way through a full routine and even posed very professionally for photographs complete with brollies!

As was expected because of the poor weather conditions the flypast and aerobatics were not permitted by the Civil Aviation Authority. 

Phil Hanson our Treasurer very efficiently looks after all  matters financial.  The main headline is that gate entry was significantly down to the tune of 49% adding to the pain of a 26% fall in attendance in 2015, again due to poor weather.  That, together with the rising costs which we face each year has impacted greatly on any profits being available to distribute to local good causes.  With a significantly reduced figure at our disposal the committee agreed to introduce a bidding process, inviting previous beneficiaries to apply for funding.

As always with this community several organisations indicated that they would not be applying for funds to enable us to look favourably upon those groups and organisations that rely upon our contribution each year.  On behalf of the committee I would like to thank them for their generosity in putting others before themselves.  This truly epitomises the community spirit hereabouts.

I am delighted to report that the defibrillator project is now complete.  The equipment is available, in a secure temperature controlled cabinet, which is located on the outside of the Village Hall, right in the heart of the villages.  Again, a heart warming demonstration of community cooperation.

Although our aim is to raise funds for local organisations the main purpose of the committee is to provide an exceptional village show for local people.  I am proud to be a member of a group of people who achieve that aim year on year.  The enthusiasm, energy and commitment of the show team knows no bounds.

To the whole committee, thanks as always for your determination to get the job done – you are a real credit to this community.

 

Annette Smart

2016 Chair

28 November 2016

 

Horticultural Show:

586 Entries

112 Competitors

 

 

2016 SHOW BENEFICIARIES

 

Total amount donated to local charities – £1,870

All bids for funding received were satisfied as below

 

1st Leigh Rainbows
Alfrick & Suckley Toddlers
Branches Disabled Adults
Clover Aps, World Challenge
Leigh Brownies
Leigh  Explorer Scouts
Leigh & Bransford Mothers & Toddlers
Riding for the Disabled
Suckley School Fund
Suckley Village Hall
Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
WRVS Thursday Club

 

Table of winners

 

 

Cup/Trophy

 

Classes

 

Winner

 

F.E. Bumford Show Cup

 

Highest points in Show Charlie Hodges
The Joan Barker Trophy Highest points in

Sections B, D and E

H.M. Sims
Alfrick Horticultural Show & Sports Coronation Challenge Cup Highest points won by residents of Alfrick & Lulsley in Sections B and E H.M. Sims
The Bill Collins Memorial Cup Highest points won in Sections C and F Charlie Hodges
Edith & Jack Oliver Cup for

Best in Show

Award by Show Judges for

Best single entry in Sections A-F

Bob Oliver
The Leigh & District Gardeners’ Club Trophy Section A, Classes 1-5 Charlie Hodges
The New Coronation Cup

 

Section B, Classes 6-13 H.M. Sims
Ravenhill Challenge Cup

 

Section C, Classes 14-32 Charlie Hodges
The Frank Clift Challenge Cup

 

Section D, Classes 33-37 Charlie HOdges
Berrow’s Worcester Journal

Challenge Cup

Section E, Classes 38-43 Janet Craddock
Greenleaves Rose Bowl

 

Section F, Classes 44-47 (Dave  Webber)
The Alfrick & Lulsley Horticultural Show and Sports Cup Section F, Classes 48-52 Terry Witherall
The Greenleaves Trophy

 

Section F, Classes 53-65 Linda FIshwick
“The Talbot at Knightwick” Trophy for Home Made Wine Section G, Classes 66-70 Patricia Turner
The Hop Pocket Wine Trophy

 

Section G – Best individual wine/cider/perry Derek Bradley

Alfrick & Lulsley Show Honey Cup

 

Section H – Classes 71-76 Gillian Bolton
Alfrick & Lulsley Horticultural Show Women’s Institute Challenge Cup Section I, Classes 77-93 Suzanne Mealings
The Alma Stodart Cup Section I, classes 89-91 June Crockford
Certificate for best Floral Art Section J classes 94-96 Helen Cook and Daphne Fowler
The Bernard and Honor Brooke Memorial Cup Section K classes 97-99 Thomas Exton
Alfrick & Lulsley Horticultural Show Art & Craft Cup Section L, Classes 100-102 Max Wilding
The Greenleaves Junior Trophy

 

Section M, Classes 103-105 Mairi Driscoll
The Alfrick & Lulsley Parish Council Junior Craft Cup Section N, Classes 106, 107 Hayley Strain
The Alfrick & Lulsley Horticultural Show Junior Art Trophy Section N, Classes 108, 109 Nathaniel Newitt
The Charles Grant Memorial Trophy

 

Section O, Class 110 Bruce Tasker
The Alfrick W.I. Jubilee Challenge Cup Section P, Classes 111-113 Katie Clegg
Alfrick & Lulsley Parish Council Craft Trophy

 

Section Q, Classes 114-118 David Williamson
Certificate and £25 prize

(pre-school children)

Section R, class 119 Alfrick & Suckley Toddler Group
Portman Building Society Trophy

Schools’ and Children’s Groups

(school age children)

Section R, Class 120 1st Leigh Beavers

 Total no of cups = 27

 

 

2015 Show

Presidents 2015 – Madeline and Geoffrey Brewin

We both come originally from Leicestershire but after short spells in Cambridge, Hampshire on the edge of the New Forest and in Northeast Yorkshire on the suburban edge of Teeside we moved to Lulsley in 1978. We were attracted by the Victorian nature of Whistlewood House and although realising that considerable work needed to be done we took possession in late August. 2015 presidents - Brewin

At the time Lulsley seemed to us like ‘darkest England’ particularly moving from a substantial industrial area in North Yorkshire. Initially I worked for Tower, Russell-Hobbs in Wolverhampton whilst Madeline taught part-time in various schools around Herefordshire and Worcestershire. I then moved to Electrolux at Luton and Madeline became Head of Music at the re-formed Christopher Whitehead High School in St John’s, but as our daughter Kate was growing up we decided to remain at Whistlewood House and travel to and fro as work required. It was only in 1994 when Madeline retired from teaching and I became Director of Engineering at VAX Ltd at Droitwich that we were able to devote a little more time to local affairs.

With Madeline’s retirement and my own in 1998 we have become somewhat more involved in local affairs with Madeline being the organist at St Mary’s and in 2002 I took over from Bernard Jeffery as the clerk to the parish council.

One can remark how things have changed substantially since we moved here 38 years ago but in actual fact the nature and character of Alfrick and Lulsley as old agricultural villages remains and much looks just the same as it did to us when we first arrived, although perhaps we do not think of it as quite darkest England now.

One thing that has remained and has continued to grow in popularity is of course the horticultural show. At the time we arrived it was already a thriving event run by one Andrew Parrish. It was certainly a bright spot in the local year then as now and we are delighted to be its Presidents this year. As I write this note at the end of June we are being told that a heatwave is on the way. We hope that it will extend to the first Saturday in September when we can all enjoy the varied delights of the typical English horticultural show. We hope you too enjoy your day here and look forward to meeting you at the show.

Madeline and Geoffrey Brewin.

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Chairman’s Report 

Our 64th consecutive annual show, quite an achievement for successive committees.  I started my first year in the Chair with nervous anticipation.  This is way outside my skill set but I don’t now know why I was so concerned. I am supported by a brilliant team of dedicated individuals who never cease to amaze me with the effort they expend to get the job done.  I would like to thank them and all of our volunteers who get involved for several days prior to show day on the set up and delivery of a wonderful afternoon of fun and entertainment for the whole family.

The weather throughout August certainly kept Derek Bradley as Field Marshall and me on our toes, waiting with anticipation for the forecast as every rainy day passed and we hoped for news that we would again see the sun before autumn set in. 

Well, show day dawned grey and overcast with drizzle.  As always the horticultural show competitors did not disappoint, always managing to do their best to produce something exceptional whatever the weather.  

The dog show was bustling as always with a consistent number of competitors in both Pedigree and Novelty classes.  

Showtime – the sun put in an appearance across a crowded field.  Over seventy separate entities packed the village hall grounds with something for everyone.  The Big Top Circus tent provided free entertainment for anyone who was willing to try stilt walking, acrobatics, juggling and much more.  ‘Smiley’ the big yellow train which trundled around the showground all afternoon was a big hit with young and old alike.  It was a boon for those less able folk who were able to see much more than they would under their own steam.  The field was extremely busy with a vintage carousel, shooting, skittles, archery, pony rides, vintage tractors and cars, wood turners, animals, the forge, community information, green woodworking demonstrations, excavators and a wide range of stalls from dog food delivery to pearls.  As ever an exceptional variety of quality food was in plentiful supply.  Thanks must go to the ladies who were awash with cake, tea, coffee and washing up, keeping our visitors refreshed in the Village Hall. 

Phil Hanson, our Treasurer keeps our finances in order in a most efficient and comprehensive way for which on behalf of the community I would like to thank him.  The headline for 2015 is that we have donated over £6,000 across twenty nine charities and organisations encompassing all age groups, continuing our aim of supporting village life with new beneficiaries in the Community First Responder and ‘Branches’ supporting disabled adults both added to our list    Gate entry was down by approximately 29% – probably because of the dismal start to the day – for many it felt like a duvet day! 

With the support of our volunteers, your donations and the whole community, we have succeeded in ‘reigning’ for as long as Queen Elizabeth II which we consider must be a record, but what of our future?   Without volunteer committee members we cannot continue to thrive as we currently do.  If you are interested in being involved why not give it a no commitment trial at our first meetings of the 2016 season, simply contact me or Linda Fishwick for meeting dates.  See you all on 3rd September 2016 for another bumper fun day. 

With very best wishes 

Annette Smart

2015 Chair / Stalls Secretary

16 November 2015

 

2015 SHOW BENEFICIARIES

Total amount donated to local charities – £6,004.90

 

1st Leigh Rainbows Leigh  Explorer Scouts
1st Leigh Scouts Leigh Gardening Club
Air Rifle Club Leigh Guides
Alfrick Church Leigh & Bransford Badgers
Alfrick W I. Leigh & Bransford Mothers & Toddlers
Alfrick & Lulsley Community Shop Leigh & Bransford School  Friends Association
Alfrick & Lulsley Village Hall Leigh & Bransford Villages Playgroup
Alfrick & Suckley Toddlers President’s Charity – Medecins Sans Frontieres
Branches Disabled Adults Riding for the Disabled
British Red Cross Royal British Legion
Broadwas School Suckley School Fund
Bumble Bee Playgroup Suckley Village Hall
Community First Reponder Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Farm Crisis Network WRVS Thursday Club
Leigh Brownies

 

Table of winners

 

 

Cup/Trophy

 

Classes

 

Winner

 

F.E. Bumford Show Cup

 

Highest points in Show Charlie Hodges
The Joan Barker Trophy Highest points in

Sections B, D and E

John Sims
Alfrick Horticultural Show & Sports Coronation Challenge Cup Highest points won by residents of Alfrick & Lulsley in Sections B and E John Sims
The Bill Collins Memorial Cup Highest points won in Sections C and F Charlie Hodges

 

Edith & Jack Oliver Cup for

Best in Show

Award by Show Judges for

Best single entry in Sections A-F

Charlie Hodges

 

The Leigh & District Gardeners’ Club Trophy Section A, Classes 1-5 Wendy Green
The New Coronation Cup

 

Section B, Classes 6-13 John Sims
Ravenhill Challenge Cup

 

Section C, Classes 14-32 Charlie Hodges
The Frank Clift Challenge Cup

 

Section D, Classes 33-37 Bob Oliver
Berrow’s Worcester Journal

Challenge Cup

Section E, Classes 38-43 WendyGreen                      Carol Boughton                 Janet Craddock
Greenleaves Rose Bowl

 

Section F, Classes 44-47 B J Ward
The Alfrick & Lulsley Horticultural Show and Sports Cup Section F, Classes 48-52 Terry Witherall
The Greenleaves Trophy

 

Section F, Classes 53-65 Roy Larder
“The Talbot at Knightwick” Trophy for Home Made Wine Section G, Classes 66-70 Andy Page
The Hop Pocket Wine Trophy

 

Section G – Best individual wine/cider/perry Dave Williamson

Alfrick & Lulsley Show Honey Cup

 

Section H – Classes 71-76 Mrs. G. Bolton
Alfrick & Lulsley Horticultural Show Women’s Institute Challenge Cup Section I, Classes 77-93 Sally Porter
The Alma Stodart Cup Section I, classes 89-91 June Crockford
Certificate for best Floral Art Section J classes 94-96 Helen Cook
The Bernard and Honor Brooke Memorial Cup Section K classes 97-99 Thomas Exton                   Martha Newman
Alfrick & Lulsley Horticultural Show Art & Craft Cup Section L, Classes 100-102 Max Wilding
The Greenleaves Junior Trophy

 

Section M, Classes 103-105 Katie Driscoll
The Alfrick & Lulsley Parish Council Junior Craft Cup Section N, Classes 106, 107 Hayley Strain
The Alfrick & Lulsley Horticultural Show Junior Art Trophy Section N, Classes 108, 109 Elizabeth Newitt
The Charles Grant Memorial Trophy

 

Section O, Class 110 Katie Clegg
The Alfrick W.I. Jubilee Challenge Cup Section P, Classes 111-113 Ann Rawlings
Alfrick & Lulsley Parish Council Craft Trophy

 

Section Q, Classes 114-118 Dave Williamson
Certificate and £25 prize

(pre-school children)

Section R, class 119 Alfrick & Suckley Toddler Group
Portman Building Society Trophy

Schools’ and Children’s Groups

(school age children)

Section R, Class 120 First Leigh Beavers

2014 Show

PRESIDENTS 2014 – June and Paul Etheridge

 

Presidents 2014June and I are very proud to be this year’s presidents and we are very much looking forward to the show and the chance to meet and talk to so many friends. June was from Bransford and I was from Powick. We met in 1972 and married in 1976, holding our reception here at Alfrick Village Hall.

Our children Jennifer and David of whom we are very proud, have now given us two wonderful grandchildren who have brought so much joy into our lives and despite living in Worcester all our married lives we feel very much at home in this area.

As a couple we are known mainly for our involvement with 1st Leigh Scout Group which has provided scouting to many young people in the area since 1970 when the current group was formed. At that time June was a girl guide completing her community service award and she is still there today having led the pack since 1987.

After meeting June I was quickly recruited into 1st Leigh Cubs as a leader and moved on to lead the Scout Troop through the 80s and took up the GSL role in 1991.

Over the years the group has grown and flourished with the emphasis on “family values” This has been significant in building the leader team most of whom are ex-scouts or their families. This we feel is key to the success of the group and I was very pleased to hand over the reins this year to a “home grown” replacement.

Our first leader warrants were issued in 1974 so we are celebrating 40 years of scouting this year and hope to arrange an opportunity to get together with as many of those people we have met along the way later in the year.

Do enjoy the show.

Paul & June Etheridge

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Chairman’s Report

What a wonderful day we all had on Saturday 6th September 2014. It was another great year with perfect weather on the build-up, during and after the show, we had extra visitors, a full Horticultural Marquee, our gross income was up (sadly so were our expenses), great publicity in the Malvern Gazette and lots of cards and letters of thanks and praise.

As I step down from the committee after 14 years all I can say is that it has been lots of fun and the time has flown by. During my chairmanship over the last 12 years I am pleased that we have never had to cancel a show, although 2008 was a close one with torrential rain weeks before and every other show around cancelled I was certainly anxious. Even though the playing field and car park were waterlogged and the main Worcester to Hereford road was closed – Henry Sandon (and his late wife Barbara) made it through and happily chatted to those who braved the elements to attend. The Steel Band and Pig roast cheered everyone up. On this reduced basis, just around the Village Hall, with no entrance fee, only a few of our own stalls and a bucket for donations for bric-a-brac we still made a profit!

I have met some wonderful people and the show has grown yet maintained its traditional ‘fete’ feel and with a real family focus and my highlight on locally sourced products and crafts it is a real crowd pleaser.

I remember setting up the show in the early days of being Chairman, on the Friday morning, debating with Derek for some time on the layout of the arena and insisting on measuring and marking out the marquee spaces – continually spraying his tape measure red – an annual tradition thereafter! We have always used Mudways Marquees and they serve us very well but in those days we had no other marquees – other than an old catering canvas and Gary, our previous Chairman and his wife June used to slave over a half metal barrel for our BBQ (you see there is no escape for ex-Chairman), but now we have our own ‘kit’ it has helped us become more professional and certainly makes set up easier.

One of my early decisions was to move the meetings from the then old and very cold Village Hall to the Fox and Hounds where Claire and her crew have always made us welcome. Claire has been a stalwart in taking on the BBQ & Bar, also bringing her skills to organising to the afternoon teas/cakes. I should just say that the now refurbished hall plays an integral part in the whole event giving us superb facilities way beyond most other halls and is a fantastic asset for the community.

I recall meeting a teacher who used to work in Alfrick School, and in his eighties had decided to visit the places he used to live/work and so along with his grandson, he arrived in Alfrick from his hometown of Moffat, Scotland. We had a long chat and he told us lots of stories of his time at the school and I invited him to open the show on the Saturday. I know he met a few locals who remembered him – it was such a delight for him that he travelled back the following year.

I have had the pleasure of introducing 12 presidents – recognising the contribution both individuals and couples have given to the community, from Sir Michael Perry OBE, Dr Andrew Bywater, Dr Anne Lewis to Roy Larder, Gwyn Williams and this year Paul and June Etheridge to name but a few – all of whom have thoroughly enjoyed their day.

Grace Mansell has always been involved in the show, and from my first year she has always sent a letter or card to me after the show offering her congratulations and praise – she has never missed a year. In 2009 it was an honour to have Grace as our President and this brings back a particular memory, when in her normal after show letter she explained how she had lost a gold and opal earring during the show and they had been a precious gift. After we cleared the field the whole committee did a ‘finger sweep’ of the field – I wanted to be able to tell Grace that we had done everything possible to try and find the earring but this really was a needle in a haystack after some 3,000 visitors had walked over the site before us – as we reached the last 50 yards of the field, still looking down I saw something and to my absolute amazement there was Grace’s earring. It was one of the best experiences I had when I knocked on her door and handed her a small gift box and to see her face when she opened up the tissue paper – she could not believe it and I know she still recounts this story to this day.

The peak for me was 2013, when I reached the finals of Worcestershire Women of the Year in the ‘Voluntary’ category and although I didn’t win I met some amazing women, including Sharon Davies (Olympic swimmer) who presented our awards and together with Jonathan (my nominee) and Ginnie Wilkinson, my Mum, Gavin and friends we celebrated with a fabulous luncheon.

As any chairman will tell you, sometimes it can feel lonely ‘at the top’ being the decision maker and I had no experience of organising a show before I became Chairman and so I have learnt on the job – but this was helped by having a great committee, including Gavin my husband. The synergy of the team has been amazing and we have achieved spectacular results. I know that not everyone has agreed with all of my decisions – and that’s OK, we are human after all – but I have listened and given everyone a right to speak and then made decisions which I believed were right for the show.

During my time as Chairman, the community has lost some wonderful people and specifically from the show committee Woody Roscoe (Patrons), Jonathan Wilkinson (Treasurer) and Hilary Canon (Dog Show), also so many of the community, Monica Scott, John Barker and Chris Tolley, also Harry Banner and Bill Collins who were regular entrants (and winners) in the Horticultural Show to name but a few of the great and good who have gone ahead… you are always in our thoughts.

I also have to say THANK YOU to the community who support the show – I really couldn’t have done it without you – by donating items, lending us marquees or by use of their fields, paying staff to work at the show, giving us a free room at the pub, volunteering (and for some never seeing the show if on car park duty) and bringing friends and family to the show – you are an equal part of the show and I know you enjoy it as much as our thousands of visitors.

The show has continued to thrive and I am pleased to pass it on, as I received it from Gary Sullivan the previous Chairman, a prosperous and successful show with hopefully another 63 and more, years of enjoyment and that it continues to deliver its aim of supporting the rural community.

Please do not be sad that my time is over, smile because it happened…

Best wishes to all, Bridget Lewis

Horticultural Show:

707 Entries

135 Competitors

 

Dog Show:

387 Entries

131 Competitors

 

2014 SHOW BENEFICIARIES

Total amount donated to local charities – £9,000

 

1st Leigh Rainbows Leigh & Bransford Badgers
1st Leigh Scouts Leigh & Bransford Mothers & Toddlers
Air Rifle Club Leigh & Bransford School Friends Association
Alfrick Church Leigh & Bransford Villages Playgroup
Alfrick W I. Leigh Brownies
Alfrick & Lulsley Community Shop Leigh Gardening Club
Alfrick & Lulsley Village Hall Leigh Guides
Alfrick & Suckley Toddlers President’s Charity
British Red Cross Ravenshill Woodland Reserve
Broadwas School Riding for the Disabled
Bumble Bee Playgroup Royal British Legion
Farm Crisis Network Suckley Village Hall
Leigh Explorer Scouts Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
  WRVS Thursday Club

 

 

 

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2013 Show

President : Richard Steele

 

President 2013Richard and his wife Ina have lived in Lulsley since 2001, realising an ambition to get away from the hustle and bustle of a big city and enjoy country life. On arriving in Lulsley they felt welcomed and have found it easy to make good friends.

He is an extremely active member of the local community supporting several important initiatives such as the Village Hall and Community Shop. The Alfrick & Lulsley Show is delighted to recognise his contribution to the community, in particular his efforts on the refurbishment of the Village Hall, through his Presidency of the 2013 Show.

Born and educated in Staffordshire Richard spent the majority of his career working for Barclays Bank. Richard recalls that when he joined the Bank it was a very different beast to today’s organisation, with bookkeeping in hand posted ledgers and local clearing of cheques. How time has changed things.

Richard and Ina have two children Katie and Timothy. They are delighted to be part of such an active community and extremely pleased to meet so many new people at the 2013 show.

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Chairman’s Report

 

Despite continuing economic and financial difficulties being faced by so many, visitors enjoyed another fantastic show on September 7th, yet again raising the extraordinary sum of £10,350 to benefit 34 local organisations.

Our visitors were thrilled by the range and diversity of the stalls and attractions together with the opportunity to view an outstanding display of entries in the horticultural marquee; to learn a new circus skill in the Big Top or to get involved in the Dog Show.

It was disappointing that the RAF Memorial Flight ‘Dakota’ was not available due to a technical issue but this loss was more than made up for by Richard Goodwin’s aerobatic display and other arena events.

Bridget Lewis, Chairman comments “I am really proud to be able to stand here, in my 11th year as chairman, confirming that we have donated £10,350 to 34 local community groups and clubs across the full spectrum of ages. It is an enormous achievement and being part of this community makes me very proud and I say ‘Thank you’ to Richard Steele, 2013 President, indeed everyone who made a contribution – our loyal band of volunteers, car park attendants, stall holders, who all work tirelessly throughout the year to make this THE local show. Thanks too to you our loyal visitors who support our efforts by coming along and spending your cash, helping us to support local good causes.

A real high for me during the year was to reach the finals of the Worcestershire Women of the Year for 2013 in the Voluntary Category, due in part to my work on this show. As any volunteer knows it takes a huge amount of time, commitment and dedication to be an active member of a community but this is often unseen or forgotten by others and so this recognition was wonderful. It was a great experience and it was lovely to meet Sharon Davies the Olympic swimmer at a luncheon with family and friends.

We look forward to seeing old and new faces –

6th September 2014

for another exciting and enjoyable day out.

Bridget Lewis

Chairman.

Horticultural Show:

658 Entries

153 Competitors

Dog Show:

385 Entries

129 Competitors

2013 SHOW BENEFICIARIES

Total amount donated to local charities – £10,350

1st Leigh Rainbows Leigh Gardening Club
1st Leigh Scouts Leigh Guides
Air Rifle Club Maggs Day Centre
Alfrick Church Malvern Food Bank
Alfrick W I. New Hope Worcestershire
Alfrick & Lulsley Community Shop On-site Vet
Alfrick & Lulsley Village Hall President’s Charity
Alfrick & Suckley Toddlers Ravenshill Woodland Reserve
Army of Angels Riding for the Disabled
British Red Cross Royal British Legion
Broadwas School SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors and Airforce Association)
Bumble Bee Playgroup Skateboard Project
Farm Crisis Network Suckley School Fund
Leigh Explorer Scouts Suckley Village Hall
Leigh & Bransford Badgers Village Playground
Leigh & Bransford Mothers & Toddlers War Memorial
Leigh & Bransford School Friends Association Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Leigh & Bransford Villages Playgroup WRVS Thursday Club
Leigh Brownies  

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2012 Show

 

Joint Presidents: The Reverend Andrew and Mrs Alexandra Bullock.

 

Presidents 2012Andrew is Priest-in-charge of the Benefice of Alfrick with Lulsley, Leigh & Bransford, and Suckley. He and his wife Alexandra have been living within our community since April 2002.

Andrew trained and worked as a teacher specialising in dyslexia. This took him to primary and secondary schools and even to Wandsworth Prison, during which time he met and married Alexandra. While still a teacher, Andrew’s sense of God’s calling led him to take up theological training in Oxford.

Alexandra attended the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art in London. She has recently trained as a Licensed Lay Minister and now works alongside Andrew.

They have four children.

 

Chairman’s Report 2012

What a year! – the Queen’s Jubilee, the Olympics and Paralympics!

……. and, as always, Alfrick & Lulsley Horticultural Show and Fete … 

2012 having been a very wet year, it was great to have a dry day for the Show, which once again attracted over 3000 visitors who enjoyed a showground packed with fun and excitement.

Meirion Owen’s ‘Quack Pack’ provided hilariously entertaining duck herding demonstrations. The Indian Runner Duck is an extraordinary looking duck with quite short legs and a tall, upright body – much like a penguin. They can be up to 14″ tall and can weigh around 3 to 5 lbs. As their name suggests, they run rather than waddle, and have a very strong urge to huddle together.

Their trainer, Meirion, is a very accomplished and well-respected sheepdog handler, judge and event organiser. He started sheepdog trialling at the age of nine and has since gone on to win many trials including the Welsh National Sheepdog Championship. He also captained the Welsh team at the International Sheep Dog Trials. For more information, visit their website http://www.quackpack.co.uk/home.html.

Afternoon tea in the Village Hall was as popular as ever, with a new team providing the fare. Thanks must go to the three groups of volunteers lead by Claire from the Fox & Hounds, who took on the challenge of keeping our visitors refreshed throughout the afternoon.

A wonderful display of entries was enjoyed in the big marquee: the Horticultural Show is really central to Alfrick & Lulsley Show, having been here from the very beginning. It is a great way for the community and our schools to get involved. We hope the increasing trend in entry numbers continues as competitors gain enjoyment in gardening, art and craft, photography and home-cooking.

We all enjoyed Richard Goodwin’s aerobatic display in his hand-built Christen Eagle bi-plane with its top speed of 210 mph. Richard is a pilot with a major airline but his background is as an RAF pilot flying Tornados in the Gulf War. Some lucky individuals also saw an impromptu flypast by the Red Arrows!

Music was provided to entertain the crowds by the brilliant Worcester Concert Brass.

Now in its sixth year at the Show, the Tug-o-War event is always a crowd puller as everyone likes to cheer for the underdogs. A range of teams competed, from the very professional to the local pub team and the young farmers. Everyone is welcome to enter a team; why not consider your local pub team if you fancy your chances for 2013!

The mixture of stalls and static displays worked really well. A number of people on the day commented to committee members that it was the best show that they had been to.

Bridget Lewis, Chairman commented “I am really proud, in my tenth year as Chairman, to be able to confirm that we are giving back to the local community in excess of £10,000. It is an enormous achievement.  I am very proud to be part of this community, and must say a big thank you to each and everyone who volunteers their time freely both in the organisation, build up, on the day and breakdown of the Show.  To you the visitors we also send our thanks, without you we could not achieve this level of success. We look forward to seeing you in 2013”.

Tribute to retiring Treasurer, Jonathan Wilkinson

 

JWSincerest thanks must go to Jonathan who served the Show Committee from 1997 to 2012. He has provided direction and guidance through many planning and financial decisions with professionalism, the utmost integrity, and always with good humour.

He successfully managed the increased growth in our profits and likewise a considerable increase in our donations – from £3150 in 2003 to our all time high of £10,350.

Thank you Jonathan, your contribution will be sorely missed. You can now visit the show and enjoy the day.

Horticultural Show:

679 Entries

138 Competitors

Dog Show:

285 Entries

107 Competitors

2012 SHOW BENEFICIARIES

1st Leigh Rainbows Leigh & Bransford Mothers & Toddlers
1st Leigh Scouts Leigh & Bransford School  Friends Association
Air Rifle Club Leigh & Bransford Villages Playgroup
Alfrick Church Leigh Brownies
Alfrick W I. Leigh Gardening Club
Alfrick & Lulsley Community Shop Leigh Guides
Alfrick & Lulsley Village Hall On site Vet
Alfrick & Suckley Toddlers President’s Charity
Army of Angels Ravenshill Woodland Reserve
British Red Cross Riding for the Disabled
Broadwas School Royal British Legion
Bumble Bee Playgroup Suckley School Fund
Farm Crisis Network Suckley Village Hall
Fly to Help Village Playground
Leigh  Explorer Scouts Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Leigh & Bransford Badgers WRVS Thursday Club

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2011 Show

 

President 2011We were delighted to welcome Roy Larder (left) to be our 2011 President. Roy came to live in Alfrick in the late 1950’s spending 42 happy years married to Ivy, bringing up their three children, Tracey, Karen and Gary. Roy is the shy retiring sort who doesn’t search out the limelight preferring to be ‘hands on’ which is why we are extremely pleased he agreed to be 2011 President. What is apparent is how much Roy has been involved in the community over the years; always a willing hand and keen volunteer. One of his biggest commitments has been to the Village Hall. For 30 years he gave of his time freely as a volunteer to manage and maintain our valuable community facilities.

The 2011 Show was very special as we celebrated our 60 th anniversary. We were pleased to welcome Tony Fisher from BBC H&W radio who settled into the job very quickly and he and his family had a wonderful day. We delivered a fantastic line up of arena events and were once again privileged to have a Spitfire flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, as well as the most spectacular, breathtaking display of stunt plane flying from local pilot Richard Goodwin in his bi-plane. It all contributed to ensure that the anniversary was a memorable occasion.

As never before – the community of Alfrick and Lulsley, along with thousands of visitors from far-a-field, supported us – even in these financially difficult times – on a wonderful sunny afternoon to enjoy the extensive range of stalls, displays, Horticultural Show exhibits, Dog Show and Bar and BBQ. And to celebrate our anniversary we even commissioned a recipe book which made ideal Christmas presents!

The money spent on the day enabled us to continue to support village life by the donation of our wonderful profits and as Chairman it gives me great pleasure to confirm, we have donated profits of £10,500 to 25 local groups and clubs, along with four national charities with local representation in the community. In addition to our President Roy Larder’s President’s Award to the Nurses Care Fund – a special award has also been made to The Royal Star and Garter Homes who help care for disabled ex-service men and women in memory of our good friend Woody Roscoe, who was our Patrons Secretary for several years.

In mentioning finances and money, I would like to take this opportunity to praise the work (often hidden) of my Treasurer Jonathan Wilkinson (I know that he will be thanking his helpers!) and 2012 will be another important year for him as he has decided to ‘stand down’ after next year’s show. On a personal level I will miss the relationship that we have developed and I can’t speak highly enough of his expertise and the professionalism that he has brought to his role.

Having been Chairman for 9 years I feel that I often find myself repeating praise and thanks to so many but I genuinely believe it is the working together of the Show Committee, our magnificent groups of volunteers, the patrons and wider community which produces such a wonderful show for all to enjoy and for this I say ‘Thank You’. It is an honour and privilege to be the Chairman of such a great committee and I say a special thank you to you all.

November 2011

Bridget A Lewis

Chairman

Horticultural Show entries 593
Horticultural Show Competitors 122
Dog Show Entries 118

2011 Show beneficiaries:

1 st Leigh Rainbows Leigh Brownies
1 st Leigh Scouts Leigh Explorer Scouts
Air Rifle Club Leigh Gardening Club
Alfrick & Lulsley Community Shop Leigh Guides
Alfrick Church ‘Peace of Mind’
Alfrick Toddlers President’s Charity
Alfrick & Lulsley Village Hall Ravenshill Woodland Reserve
Alfrick WI Woody Roscoe Memorial
Army of Angels Royal British Legion
British Red Cross Suckley Hops
Broadwas School Suckley School
Bumble Bee Playgroup Suckley Village Hall
Farm Crisis Network Villages Playgroup
Leigh & Bransford Mothers & Toddlers Worcestershire Wildlife Trust
Leigh & Bransford Badgers WRVS Thursday Club
Leigh & Bransford School Friends Association  

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2010 Show

 

President 2010Welcome to 2010 President, Dr Anne Lewis, Knightwick Surgery (right) who commented ‘Thank you so much for inviting me to be President this year. I really enjoyed the day. It was just such a joy to be part of a very special occasion, an honour and a privilege that I am enjoying even more in hindsight as I relive the life, the colour, the enthusiasm and the fun as everyone worked together to make it, yet again, the best show ever’

Once again the community of Alfrick & Lulsley and our many visitors from father a-field supported the Show on a wonderful sunny afternoon and spent their money enabling us to continue to support village life by making donations of the profits to support local good causes.

Once again we must repeat the praise and thanks to so many as we truly believe it is the working together of the committee, our dedicated groups of volunteers, the patrons and wider community which produces such a wonderful show for all to enjoy and for this we thank you all.

This year the Show enjoyed the delights of the new Village Hall and its many new facilities, from toilets to tables and hot water boiler to the new kitchen. It was fantastic for our many visitors to see and enjoy their refreshments provided by the dedicated ladies of the Alfrick WI as they have done for many, many years. Thank you ladies of the Alfrick WI for refreshing so many so efficiently. Congratulations and thanks must also go to the Village Hall.

With so many to thank it is not usual to single out individuals or particular organisations but we would like to highlight:

The car park volunteers who had to cope of a 30% increase on visitor numbers this year. This meant that we not only needed our second car park but also a third one, thanks to Sheila Tolley for providing us with an overflow facility.

The Parish Council for preparing the field and re-instating the ditches. Although we did not experience the deluge conditions of previous years, it always pays to be prepared for the unpredictable English climate.

The very best thanks we, as a committee, can give is the donation of our profits which this year, once again, have topped all previous records. It gives us great pleasure to record a staggering total profit of £8,259.66 which has been distributed to 29 local groups, schools and charities.

Whether you are new to our show or a longstanding loyal visitor – thank you for your patronage and for spending your hard earned cash in support of so many local good causes.

We look forward to seeing you in 2011 when we will be celebrating our 60 th Anniversary. Who knows what delights your committee will conjure up for your entertainment. Let’s hope for a wonderful sunny afternoon again.

Horticultural Show entries 682
Horticultural Show Competitors 128
Dog Show Entries 119

Show beneficiaries:

1 st Leigh Rainbows Leigh Brownies
1 st Leigh Scouts Leigh Explorer Scouts
Air Rifle Club Leigh Gardening Club
Alfrick & Lulsley Village Hall Leigh Guides
Alfrick Church President’s Charity
Alfrick WI Ravenshill Woodland Reserve
Alfrick Youth Group Royal British Legion
Army of Angels Search & Rescue
British Red Cross Suckley Hops
Broadwas School Suckley School
Bumble Bee Playgroup Suckley Village Hall
Farm Crisis Network Villages Playgroup
Leigh & Bransford Mothers & Toddlers Worcesershire Wildlife Trust
Leigh & Bransford Badgers WRVS Thursday Club
Leigh & Bransford School  

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2009 Show

In 2009 we welcomed longstanding resident of Alfrick, Grace Mansell to be our President.

It will not be a surprise to any of you that the weather has a significant impact on our overall success in terms of profit, and this year saw us back on track after the torrential rain of 2008.

Second only to our wonderful visitors each year the most important element of the success of the Alfrick & Lulsley Show is the way the committee and our magnificent groups of volunteers, the patrons and wider community produce an effect which is far greater than the sum of their individual efforts. It is the result of this synergy which visitors flock, and we mean flock to the tune of an annual average of 3,000 people, to see and enjoy each year.

The preparation for the Show is not without its pressures as we planned to replace the Village Hall with additional marquee facilities and to produce a show around a building site, which fortunately for us did not come to fruition until after our show and so we were able to integrate the Hall into the Show, as we have done for many years.

On an evening prior to the Show as the committee toured the villages to collect donations the heavens opened and everyone got soaked. A slight sick feeling descended as we all remembered last year’s weather which started on the Wednesday, but just did not stop!!! Luckily for us this year it did stop and the final preparations went according to plan.

It is difficult to thank individuals as there are so many, however the best thanks we can give as a committee is the donation of our profits and in 2009 we are delighted to report we have topped all previous records with donations to 30 local groups, schools and charities. It is with great pleasure we can confirm that the total profits donated was a staggering £7,600.

The donations for 2009 included a new donation which will continue each year. This is the annual President’s Donation which each president will be able to donate to a charity or charities of their personal choice, supporting the philosophy of this committee in maintaining and promoting village life.

Horticultural Show entries 531
Horticultural Show Competitors 107
Dog Show Entries 95

In the New Year planning will commence for the 2010 show which we are all looking forward to as the Village Hall refurbishment will be completed and available for all to enjoy.

Show beneficiaries:

 

1 st Leigh Rainbows Leigh Brownies
1 st Leigh Scouts Leigh Explorer Scouts
Air Rifle Club Leigh Gardening Club
Alfrick & Lulsley Village Hall Leigh Guides
Alfrick Church President’s Charity
Alfrick Cricket Club Ravenshill Woodland Reserve
Alfrick WI Royal British Legion
Alfrick Youth Group Search & Rescue
British Red Cross Suckley Hops
Broadwas School Suckley School
Bumble Bee Playgroup Suckley Village Hall
Farm Crisis Network Villages Playgroup
Friends of the Elderly Worcesershire Wildlife Trust
Leigh & Bransford Badgers WRVS Thursday Club
Leigh & Bransford School  

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CONGRATULATIONS – 2008 SHOW  

THE SHOW THAT NEVER CANCELS !

 

The Show took place on Saturday 6 th September 2008 in what could only be described as atrocious weather conditions, probably unseen before in the history of the Show, but this did not dampen the spirits of the Committee in their preparation or the generosity of the 700 visitors who attended during the afternoon.

I would like to personally thank the whole community for supporting the ‘reduced’ Show, which due to the rainfall couldn’t be held on the field but had to take place both in and around the Village Hall. Whether you donated a prize or baked a cake, entered a class into the Horticultural or Dog Show we couldn’t have done it without you, and most of all a big THANK YOU to those that braved the weather and attended on the day.

Mike George from BBC Hereford and Worcester introduced Henry Sandon, MBE to open the Show and the atmosphere throughout the afternoon was buzzing. The ‘Tropical Island Steel Band’ gave an uplifting and Caribbean feeling to the Show whilst visitors enjoyed our Stalls, BBQ and Bar.

Thank you to everyone who supported us, and in doing so, I am pleased to confirm that we will make a small profit which is excellent news.

Bridget A Lewis

Chairman

And on behalf of the Show Committee

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CONGRATULATIONS – 2007 SHOW

 

The Show Committee, at their show debrief were joined by 2007 joint Presidents Gary and June Sullivan, also Henry and Barbara Sandon. Henry had both opened the Show and valued some items brought along for him to see. Show Chairman Bridget Lewis congratulated the Committee on another superb event as evidenced by the funds raised for local good causes. Henry Sandon, who had travelled all the way from recording an episode of the BBC Antiques Roadshow in Exeter that day to join the meeting praised the Show and expressed just how enjoyable it was.

Our treasurer Jonathan Wilkinson revealed that we exceeded all previous sums of money raised. This money was distributed between Alfrick Church, the Village Hall and 22 different beneficiaries including playgroups and schools in the area, Brownies, Guides and Venture Scouts as well as cricket and football clubs. The Show also supports the British Red Cross, Royal British Legion, Rural Stress Network (a farming charity), Worcestershire Wildlife Trust, RNLI and Guide Dogs for the Blind. 

Show Statistics .

  2007 2006 2005
Distributed Funds £6,675 £3,000 £4,550
Attendance 3000+ 1800 2300

Quotes:

Bridget Lewis (Chairman):“Everyone had a wonderful day, the atmosphere was really good and of course the Spitfire flypast really did steal the limelight, people haven’t stopped talking about it since!”

 “We were delighted to welcome Henry Sandon (and Barbara) back to the 2007 Show. A big thank you too goes to our loyal supporter Mike George of BBC H&W who compered the main arena events and announcements during the day”

Jonathan Wilkinson (Treasurer): The amount raised this year shows a significant increase on last year’s total and means we have once again raised the bar and achieved an amazing result. Despite increases in running costs we have easily beaten all previous records, as shown above. A major achievement by our small community.

Gavin Lewis (Programme and Advertising):The crowds were enormous, and the weather was just perfect having suffered gales and torrential rain the previous year. Our new look, all colour programme, was well received. Thanks must go to the Malvern Gazette for helping to promote the event. A big thank you also to BBC Hereford and Worcester who do much to support us. The 2008 Show will take place on Saturday 6th September, so look out for our big yellow signs and come along to have a really great day.”

 

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