Village Day is a joy for visitors

From animal antics to acrobatic activities, the attractions at Longhorsley Village Day once again proved popular with residents.

The event on Saturday afternoon was blessed with fine weather, which played a part in the good turnout from people of all ages and allowed those who came along to really enjoy the entertainment and exhibitions, along with a range of stalls and refreshments.

There were plenty of fun activities and an entertaining programme to enjoy at Longhorsley Village Day. Picture by Anita Brannan

There were plenty of fun activities and an entertaining programme to enjoy at Longhorsley Village Day. Picture by Anita Brannan

It kicked off with the Pet Show on the village green, organised and judged by John and Sam Prescott.

The variety and number of entries was a delight and the spectacle was watched by many grannies, granddads, mums and dads as well as unsuspecting passers-by. The winner was Ciara Horgan with her dog, Riley.

Visitors were streaming in from the opening of the gates, so the Scout barbecue was soon doing a rip-roaring trade in burgers. The (Longhorsley St Helen’s) school field was filled with a range of stalls run by various groups and private individuals, including the school’s PTA (book stall), St Helen’s Church (cake stall) and the WI – members provided their unrivalled cream teas.

The balloon stall gave younger visitors a lot of fun (until parts popped) with their impressive models, such as hats, animals and swords. There were also cosmetics, hand-sewn bags, hand-made soaps, pottery painting, tombolas and various games including Beat the Goalie.

Saxophonist Andy Taylor took to the stage throughout the afternoon and the crowds enjoyed his very mellow expert performances.

For long-term residents, the Longhorsley Local History Society mounted a very interesting exhibition at St Helen’s Church entitled Longhorsley in the Reign of Elizabeth II, with lots of photographs of events and residents over the years.

In the middle of the afternoon, the Longhorsley’s Got Talent competition got under way, with all sorts of abilities being displayed.

The audience had great fun watching the participants – the performances included dancing, singing and break-dancing – and the eventual winner, with a most unusual instrumental, was George Lowrie playing his ukulele.

The highlight of the day seems to have been the circus skills and unicycles section, which were kept busy all afternoon. The hula-hoops, diabolos, juggling balls and sticks and balancing barrels provided endless fun for all ages, and much amusement for onlookers.

In the school hall, exhibits from villagers of all ages were being judged.

A fantastic display of arts, crafts, cookery and home-grown produce meant the judges’ job was not simple and, for some sections, there was considerable thought given to the best in class award. This year, the competitions included the writing of a limerick about Longhorsley, which added a highly amusing note to the event.

Neil Fraser, chairman of the Longhorsley Village Day Committee and the annual event’s main organiser, in his closing speech thanked Sue Hall – out-going headteacher at Longhorsley St Helen’s First School – for her assistance and support over the years as without her collaboration, the show could not have been put together.

He also praised all the volunteers, exhibitors, residents and visitors on the day for their contribution to the event’s success.