Green fingers, creativity and spirit of fun at Whalton Show

Pat Grix was one of the first place winners in the industrial section with her gingerbread. Pictures by Keith Robetrtson
Pat Grix was one of the first place winners in the industrial section with her gingerbread. Pictures by Keith Robetrtson
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Warm sunny weather and a range of attractions resulted in another good turnout for the Whalton Village Show.

The entertainment at the event on Saturday included two spectacular Cossack stunt-riding shows from Jedburgh-based Les Amis d’Onno.

Irene Bruce with her best in show winning foliage plant.

Irene Bruce with her best in show winning foliage plant.

There was another staging of a Northumberland Sheep Dog Trial League contest. This year, it was organised by Kirkley Hall and staff also brought along some of its petting zoo animals.

Among the other attractions and activities were a display of classic cars, craft stalls, alpacas, a steam engine, children’s races and a dog show, with paintings by Maureen Devlin and Florence Murray on display in the Church of St Mary Magdalene.

The number of entries for the various traditional show sections in the village hall was up across the board, including the children’s classes, and the building was also the venue for the book fair.

Show secretary Sheila Lough said: “We were delighted with the attendance and the wonderful weather meant that many of the people who came along stayed for a while. We received many positive comments about the attractions, particularly the Cossack displays which were excellent.

Thomas Grix with his winning bale of hay in the children's section.

Thomas Grix with his winning bale of hay in the children's section.

“It was lovely to have the King Edward VI School Steel Band playing and visitors also enjoyed the organ recital and music from Northumbrian pipers. One of the most popular activities was run by members of the North East Archers club.

“There were many entries for the dog show and we were pleasantly surprised when a couple of heavy horses, who did a walking display, were brought along.

“We had a total of 108 classic cars on show, which was the highest total we’ve ever had. We were ably assisted on the day by Ponteland Young Farmers and army cadets from Morpeth.”

The surplus funds from the event will be divided between Whalton First School, the village church and the village hall.

Peter Law gets some assistance from his wife whilst judging at the Whalton Village Show.

Peter Law gets some assistance from his wife whilst judging at the Whalton Village Show.

RESULTS

Cups

Joan Goddard Cup: S & K Richardson. Perpetual Whalton Maple Bowl: K Fenwick. Best in show foliage house plant: I Bruce.

Vegetables

Ethan Campbell and Sophia Dent were overall winners in the children's classes.

Ethan Campbell and Sophia Dent were overall winners in the children's classes.

Potatoes: 1 & 3 S & K Richardson; 2 E Thompson. Tomatoes: 1 C Chater; 2 I Bruce; 3 M Bradbeer. Runner beans: 1 S Sutton; 2 R McKay; 3 A Swan. Marrow: 1 E Thompson. One vegetable, one flower: 1 J Gallagher; 2 S & K Richardson; 3 R Robson. Onions: 1 & 2 R McKay. Onions from seed: 1 M Bradbeer. Eggs: 1 L Robinson; 2 P Grix; 3 J Reynolds. Cucumber: 1 M Bradbeer; 2 S Murphy. Rooted salad leaves: 1 & 2 S & K Richardson. Sweet pepper: 1 S & K Richardson. Cooking apples: 1 B Thompson; 2 A Sill; 3 J Reynolds. Eating apples: 1 S Lough; 2 & 3 C Chater. Plums: 1 E Sparshott; 2 J Gallagher; 3 M Roe.

Flowers

Pinks: 1 S & K Richardson. Rudbeckias: 1 S & K Richardson; 2 S Lough; 3 G Young. Asters: 1 S & K Richardson. 2 & 3 B Thompson. Cactus dahlias: 1 B Thompson. Decorative dahlias: 1, 2 & 3 B Thompson. Single dahlia: 1 B Thompson; 2 S & K Richardson; 3 J Gallagher. Chrysanthemum: 1 S & K Richardson. Gladiolus: 1 S Gallagher; 2 & 3 S & K Richardson. Sweet peas: 1 & 2 B Thompson;

3 S & K Richardson. Table centre: 1 M Roe; 2 I Bruce. Foliage arrangement: 1 M Roe. Spray chrysanthemums: 1, 2 & 3 S & K Richardson. Mixed flowers: 1 S & K Richardson; 2 M Roe; 3 M Devlin. Coleus: 1, 2 & 3 S & K Richardson. Flowering house plant: 1 M Roe; 2 E Chater; 3 S Sutton. Foliage house plant: 1, 2 & 3 I Bruce. Fuchsia: 1 I Bruce. Vase flowers: 1 S & K Richardson; 3 P Grix; 3 A Swan.

Industrial

Fruit cake: 1 K Fenwick; 2 C Gair; 3 V Cassell. Lemon drizzle cake: 1 & 2 I Bruce; 3 A Swan. Sandwich cake: 1 W Johnson; 2 C Gair; 3 A Swan. Gingerbread: 1 P Grix; 2 & 3 W Johnson. Apple pie: 1 A Nixon. Rock buns: 1 V Cassell; 2 P Grix; 3 W Johnson. Shortbread: 1 & 2 E Thompson; 3 N Robson. Cheese scones: 1 A Swan; 2 E Parry; 3 I Bruce. Bread buns: 1 N Robson. Girdle scones: 1 V Cassell. Savoury quiche: 1 & 2 A Nixon; 3 N Robson. Jar chutney: 1 & 2 EH Hogg; 3 N Robson. Lemon curd: 1 A Swan. Raspberry jam: 1 E Thompson; 2 A Nixon; 3 C Chater. Celebration cake: 1, 2 & 3 K Fenwick.

Photography

Landscape: 1 A Lough; 2 R Sill; 3 N Robson. Live subject: 1 E Parry; 2 & 3 R Sill. My pet (children only): 1 L Robinson; 2 F Ross; 3 L Cadamy.

Arts and crafts

Any knitted or crocheted item: 1 E Hill; 2 K Anderson; 3 I Bruce. Cross stitch: 1 J Archer. Original painting: 1 F Murray; 2 M Cox; 3 M Devlin. Woodwork item: 1 & 2 R Robson. Patchwork cushion: 1 J Lee; 2 R Robson.

Children

Miniature garden: 1 E Campbell; 2 A Campbell; 3 A Leiper. Gingerbread animals: 1 Harvey Thomson; 2 Henrietta Thomson; 3 E Campbell. Decorated egg: 1 J Shipley; 2 & 3 A Leiper. Butterfly picture: 1 J Lee; 2 A Warneford; 3 S Dent. Floral arrangement: 1 E Campbell; 2 A Campbell. Book cover design: 1 S Dent; 2 A Rainbow; 3 O Bell. Lego tower structure, up to nine: 1 J Pitt; 2 A Warneford; 3 E Campbell. Lego castle, 10-16: 1 H Morris; 2 A Rainbow; 3 O Bell. Square hay bale: 1 T Grix; 2 J Trobe; 3 A Campbell.