Another successful community day for village

Nieva and Gracie Willcock, along with friend Lucinda Hindmarch, got their faces painted. Picture by Keith Robertson.
Nieva and Gracie Willcock, along with friend Lucinda Hindmarch, got their faces painted. Picture by Keith Robertson.

Families enjoyed a range of entertainment and exhibitions and the competitions were keenly contested as Longhorsley Village Day was once again a huge success.

There was a good turnout and a fine day allowed visitors to spend a leisurely afternoon enjoying what was on offer on Saturday afternoon – there were also stalls selling all sorts of goodies and raffles galore.

As always, the event began with the Pet Show on the Village Green. Organised and judged by John and Sam Prescott, this is a popular and well-attended contest.

A number of rosettes were handed out and the Champion of Champions this year was Duncan Nelless with his collie Lass.

There was an additional accolade this year – The Alma Knott Memorial Trophy for Best Senior Dog – awarded in memory of long-standing villager Alma Knott who passed away a few weeks ago. This award went to Oliver Hall and his 14-year-old terrier, Minnie.

The very active embroidery and needlework groups from the village mounted an exhibition in the hall of St Helen’s Church.

A range of spectacular works which showed off the admirable talents of these groups was much enjoyed and commented on by many of the visitors.

This year, Longhorsley St Helen’s First School teaching staff were significantly involved in the junior competitions, such that there were more than 100 exhibits from the pupils – with most children entering exhibits in two competitions.

Their paintings, drawings and collages of Viking warriors, shields and warrior heads, along with hand-writing and creative story-telling sheets, were displayed throughout the school hall, making a very colourful and interesting display.

From opening of the gates at 1pm, the attention of meat eating visitors was grabbed by the tasty aromas of the Scout barbecue, which was soon doing a busy trade in burgers.

The school field was filled with a number of stalls ranging from face-painting and skin products to books and toys, along with the ever-popular WI cream tea tent.

Some extra field games were introduced this year, such as space hopper races which caused much fun and hilarity. Other activities included Shoot the Hoop and the perennial Beat the Goalie.

The crowds were entertained throughout the afternoon with a toe-tapping performance from the ceilidh band Fiddler’s Elbow, who also called some Northumbrian dances for those with sufficient energy to take part.

The attractions getting the most attention, particularly from the younger villagers and visitors, were the bouncy castle and mega-slide.

A constant stream of children queued up for the opportunity to throw themselves enthusiastically into and down the giant blow-ups. As the day came to a close, county councillor Glen Sanderson handed-out the competition trophies.

This was followed by a speech from Neil Fraser, chairman of the Longhorsley Village Day committee.

He thanked Nichola Brannen, St Helen’s First School headteacher, and her staff for their assistance and support.

He also applauded all the volunteers, exhibitors, residents and visitors on the day for they too contribute to making the event a successful and fun occasion.