Village out in force to enjoy its day

THERE was fun for all the family as residents of Longhorsley enjoyed another successful Village Day.

Organisers were concerned that the event would have to be cancelled due to excessive rain in the preceding weeks. However, the field dried out in time and the sun even came out for part of the day.

The school field was filled with an excellent turn-out of tents and stalls, which were run by a variety of groups including St Helen’s First School PTA, WI, Scouts, St Helen’s Church cake stall, the New Hope for Children charity and the local playgroup.

An impressive display of entries could be seen in St Helen’s School Hall, with judges rating the crafts and produce for the competition categories.

The children’s pet show, organised by the Prescott family, took place on the village green. Many excited children gathered with animals of all descriptions.

Other contests included Longhorsley’s Got Talent, a scarecrow competition and Best Village Garden.

Music was provided by Andrew Taylor of Solo Sax, who played some classic hits to keep everyone entertained, and St Helen’s First School pupils put on an excellent display of traditional country dancing, led by Miss Anne Stephenson.

Longhorsley Village Day Committee Chairman Neil Fraser said: “As ever, Village Day brings together the whole community in many different ways be it showing a pet or a scarecrow, dancing, singing, growing vegetables and flowers or making crafts.

“The field stalls always bring in a variety of ideas for local groups and individuals to make a bob or two for good causes while adding a fun and chance element.

“This year we had the addition of a new marquee style tent and despite the hard work that goes on behind the scenes, we are already planning for Village Day 2013.

“There is likely to be a fund-raising event over the winter to make next year even better.”

Ajay Bedi of ITV Tyne Tees presented trophies and prizes at the end of the day.


Overall Show Winner (Smallwood Shield) – Jack Robinson.

Children’s Pet Show – overall champion: Lewis Taylor; reserve champion – Mia Newcombe.

Longhorsley’s Got Talent winners – singers Laura and Ella.

Best Scarecrow – 1 Ian Plenderleith, 2 Maria Chisholm, 3 Alan and Sue Etchells.

Best Allotment winner (Parish Council cup) – Kevin Woods.

Garden competition winner (Mille Woods Cup) – Sam and Lizzie Prescott.

Floral art section – Floral arrangement: 1 Anne Thomas; The beauty of foliage: 1 Anne Thomas, 2 Margaret Scott, 3 Kevin Monaghan; Table centrepiece: 1 Anne Thomas, 2 Margaret Scott, 3 Linda Staines. Most points in section (Longhorsley Parish Council Floral Art Rose Bowl): Anne Thomas.

Flowers, fruit and vegetables section – A single rose: 1 Jack Robinson, 2 Margaret Scott, 3 Eve Massey; Three roses in a vase: 1 Jack Robinson, 2 Linda Staines, 3 Kevin Monaghan; Vase of cut flowers: 1 Jack Robinson, 2 Kevin Woods, 3 Gill Park; One pot plant: 1 Linda Staines, 2 and 3 Lesley Roskilly; Three radishes: 1 Kevin Monaghan, 2 Kevin Woods, 3 Kevin Monaghan; Two beetroot: 1 Jack Robinson, 2 Kevin Woods, 3 Kevin Monaghan; Dish/plate of four potatoes: 1 Alf Jarecki, 2 Kevin Woods, 3 Kevin Monaghan; Soft fruit: 1 Kevin Woods, 2 Louise Metcalfe, 3 Margaret Scott; Tray of vegetables: 1 Jackie Robinson, 2 Kevin Woods, 3 Kevin Monaghan. Most points in section (Longhorsley Parish Council Flowers, Fruit and Veg Cup): Jack Robinson; Most outstanding flowers or pot plant (Bruce Lowrie Memorial Trophy): Linda Staines; Most outstanding vegetable/fruit (Heighley Gate Cup): Alf Jarecki.

Cookery section – Three fruit scones: 1 Anna Comber, 2 Tim Fish, 3 Jayne Healicon; Three pieces of shortbread: 1 Ruth Pringle, 2 Kirstine Davis, 3 Anna Comber; An apple pie: 1 Anna Comber; Three pieces of flapjack: 1 Alison Rutherford, 2 Kirstine Davis, 3 Jan Chisholm; A decorated cake (Olympic theme): 1 Kath Abbott; Carrot cake: 1 Karen Copeland, 2 Tim Fish, 3 Anna Comber; Loaf of bread: 1 Karen Fish, 2 Alison Clifford, 3 Anna Comber; Victoria sandwich cake: 1 Ruth Pringle, 2 Anna Comber, 3 Alison Rutherford; Six home-made sweets: 1 Rebecca Roskilly, 2 Alison Rutherford, 3 Anna Comber; Jar of jam: 1 Margaret Scott, 2 Anna Comber, 3 Craig Lough; Jar of chutney: 1 Jayne Healicon, 2 Lesley Roskilly, 3 Craig Lough. Most points in section (Longhorsley Parish Council Cookery Cup): Anna Comber; Most outstanding cookery exhibition (Stephenson Milk Cup): Kath Abbott.

Art and handicraft section – Painting or drawing: 1 Brian Moon, 2 Jayne Healicon, 3 Jack Robinson; Tapestry or embroidery: 1 Frank Worley, 2 Liz Walker, 3 Lizzie Prescott; Hand knitted or crocheted article: 1 Maureen Taylor, 2 Kirstine Davis, 3 Maureen Taylor; Item from recycled material: 1 and 2 Maureen Taylor; Item of woodwork or metalwork: 1 Alf Jarecki, 2 and 3 Craig Lough; Handmade jewellery: 1 Maureen Taylor; Item made from fabric: 1 and 2 Margaret Moon, 3 Jayne Healicon; Photograph of ‘sport in action’: 1 Stuart Bruce, 2 Maddy Fielder, 3 Stuart Bruce; Photograph with a suitable caption: 1 and 2 Stuart Bruce, 3 Maxine Gray; An original poem: 1 Anne Thomas. Most points in section (Longhorsley Parish Council Art & Handicraft Cup): Maureen Taylor; Most outstanding art and handicraft exhibit (Bellway Homes Trophy): Margaret Moon.

Pre-school children’s section – Painting or drawing: 1 Lily Clifford, 2 Ben Lowrie, 3 Sadie Rutherford; Playdough model: 1 Sadie Rutherford; Face on a paper plate: 1 Sadie Rutherford; Mr Potato Head: 1 Sadie Rutherford, 2 Emily Rutherford; Edible necklace: 1 Sadie Rutherford, 2 Ben Lowrie, 3 Emily Rutherford. Most points in section (Heslop Trophy): Sadie Rutherford; Best pre-school exhibit: Lily Clifford.

First school children’s section – Painting or drawing ‘The Queen’s Jubilee’: 1 Maddy Clifford, 2 Issie Clifford, 3 Ben Hantman; Photograph of ‘my favourite animal’: 1 James Weakford, 2 Georgina Fish, 3 Rhys Hussey; A bookmark: 1 Adam Stockton, 2 Hannah Davis, 3 Issie Clifford; Three decorated cup cakes: 1 Eve Massey, 2 Hannah Davis, 3 Ellen Lowrie; Face on a paper plate: 1 Ryan Foggan, 2 Ben Fish, 3 Georgina Fish; A vegetable/fruit creature: 1 Ben Fish, 2 James Weakford, 3 Ben Hantman; Miniature garden in a biscuit tin: 1 Alan Roskilly, 2 Ben Fish, 3 Georgina Fish. Most points in section (Village Hall Trophy): James Weakford; Best first school exhibit: Ben Fish.

Middle school children’s section – Painting or drawing the ‘Olympics’: 1 Charlotte Mathewson, 2 Maria Chisholm, 3 Emma Loughnane; Photograph with a fun theme: 1 Emma Loughnane, 2 Sam Robbins, 3 Anna Comber; Original poem: 1 Charlotte Mathewson, 2 Sarah Armstrong, 3 Adam Lowrie; Greetings card: 1 Adam Lowrie, 2 Sam Robbins; Handicraft: 1 Rebecca Roskilly, 2 Maria Chisholm, 3 Rebecca Roskilly; Three decorated cup cakes: 1 Rachel Kennedy, 2 and 3 Emma Loughnane; A vegetable/fruit creature: 1 Emma Loughnane; Miniature garden in a biscuit tin: 1 Emma Loughnane, 2 Adam Lowrie. Most points in section (Longhorsley Show Children’s Cup): Emma Loughnane; Best middle school exhibit: Charlotte Mathewson.

Jubilee Cup for the Best Exhibit Across all the Children’s Sections: Charlotte Mathewson.