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Agricultural Show Committee: 

Chairman Pam Stoddart

SEPTEMBER 2017

I do hope you will have booked your tickets for our Gift and Food Market event to be held on Thursday 30 November. There will be lots of stalls selling chocolates, cheeses, gin and a whole variety of other locally produced foods and back by special and popular request will be various stalls from our very successful event last October. Morning Coffee or Tea will be available for you to buy from 10.00am. You can then browse the various stalls and lunch will be served at 12.30pm, bar facilities will be available. The event is also open to non - members so please get tickets for your family and friends. The Masonic Hall on Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, is easy to find. If travelling by tram, there is a stop very near the Hall on Goldsmith Street. Wheelchair access is available and limited parking for the disabled can be arranged. We hope this event will as popular as last year, full details are available from your WI Secretary. We look forward to seeing you.

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County Show report 2017

The Notts County Show at the Newark Showground has now come and gone for another year. Everything has been packed away at County House and all those involved can start to relax, which on a personal note means catching up with the washing and cleaning at home! One of our responsibilities is to provide refreshments over the whole weekend for the Show members in the Sir Stuart Goodwin Hall. This is working well and we have a good working relationship with the Show committee who have been very helpful in arranging the facilities for us to use.

  • The WI Marquee had a take-away tea, cake and sandwich area. The WI Exhibition area, display of competitions, a Craft stall, promotional stands which together with the presence of Country Markets helped to show the public the range of WI activities we organise. On display for the first time was the new Archive Banners which display the Nottinghamshire Federation’s past 100 years of history.
  • The WI Show Individual classes winners were

Class 1. Jar of Chutney: Elisabeth, Laxton WI

Class 2. Jar of Jelly: Elisabeth, Laxton WI

Class 3. 6 Assorted sweets: Elisabeth, Laxton WI

Class 4. A photograph: Christine, Lambley WI

Class 5. A handmade Apron: Lesley, Morton, Rolleston & Fiskerton WI

Class 6. A congratulations card: Elisabeth, Laxton WI

Elisabeth

  • The ‘Thanks for the Memories’ exhibition looked wonderful and helped to attract the public into the marquee. 23 WIs took part and were asked to display their entry on a 16” base board, to a theme of their choice and to include a Tea Cosy and a family recipe together with other items. There was a wonderful range of Tea cosy’s displaying many different craft ideas – one even looked like a sheep. Well done to everyone and thank you very much for taking part. The Public Choice trophy was awarded to Grove WI, 2nd Eakring WI and 3rd. Dorewood WI.
  • Grove WIEakring WI
  • The committee and I would like to thank everyone who gave up their time to help steward at the Show; that is serving refreshments, taking orders, clearing tables. The pressure was on this year as we had fewer volunteers than we would have liked but everyone coped superbly well. Without your commitment and support there would be no Show, so a very big thank you to you all. Thanks also go to our Ag Show men who assist us with technical matters, help with the transport and heavy lifting, extra shopping; thanks guys you are just wonderful. The Ag Show team are also grateful to the Federation Trustees and particularly our Chairman, Jane Jefferson, who gives us 100% of her time. The biggest thanks of all goes to all of my committee for working hard the whole week. They all have roles within the team be it Stewards, Team Leaders, Competition and Stall Organisers, the list is endless - you did a great job girls. Finally, a mention of the County House office staff and in particular, Heather, who is secretary to the committee, many thanks to you all.

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County Show 2016 Report 

Having originally thought we would not be at the County Show on 14 May and 15 May this year, when the opportunity to be present came, my committee had less than 4 months to plan the event and get everything ready. On show week we packed everything ready to go on the Wednesday and transported it to the Showground on Thursday morning to start setting up. It was all new to us this year as we have never previously catered for the Showground members in the Sir Stuart Goodwin Hall. In the WI Marquee we had a ‘Tea and Cake Take away’ for the public, which unfortunately had no seating area. There was a large area for the WI Competition, a floral exhibit entitled “For Home and Country”, which also had a craft item (not judged). Thank you for taking part, the floral art made the marquee look wonderful. The winners of the Silver Trophy were Gringley on the Hill WI

winner WI Show 2016

and the winners of the Public Choice Trophy were Dorewood WI.  

public Choice 2016

On display also were the Craft entries from the Individual competitions held at the Annual Federation Meeting. Well done everyone. In the marquee also were 3 Demonstrators,

Here is one of them craft stall 2016

Gifts and Greetings, a Promotional display and a Preserve Stall.  

On the Sunday morning of the show weekend we held an informal reception for the President of the Nottinghamshire County Show, Mr G. Bond, OBE, DL, who was accompanied by the his wife the Show Chairman. I would like to take this opportunity to thank the County Show committee for all their help and support this year. I would once again like to thank the members who came to Steward for us and my fellow Trustees and our Chairman, Jane Jefferson for all their support and hard work. A big thank you, to all the “back room boys”, and all our other helpers, without whom we could not manage.  To my wonderful committee my deepest thanks and I look forward to working with you on our next two events.

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