Shows round-up: Ingram, Longframlington and Bamburgh
After the disappointment of very wet weather last year, visitors to this year's Ingram Show were treated to a day of glorious weather and entertainment to match.
Large numbers of people were drawn to the traditional show; some new faces and some more familiar.
There was a good showing of sheep with the standard as high as ever. The sheep dog trials were held nearer to the show field giving more people the opportunity to see what’s involved.
Despite the international sheep dog trials being held on the same day, there were a decent number of entries.
Horticultural and industrial entries filled the marquee with colour. For the first time anyone can remember, the stands for the walking sticks were overflowing with entries.
Some new classes were introduced for novices and organisers hope that the entrants will be confident enough to enter the main classes next year.
In the marquee, children were treated to free face-painting. Traditional sports and terrier racing is always a big draw and this year was no exception. The terrier racing heats included a steeplechase event which was thoroughly enjoyed by dogs and spectators alike.
On the show field, the dog show attracted a number of entries of all shapes and sizes, with Sabine Schaeli, of Cheviot Vets, having the very difficult job of judging the pooches.
On the main field, Mark Wylie’s Drakes of Hazard put smiles on everyone’s face as he introduced his puppy Craig and put Zak the duck-herding border collie through his paces.
Audience members were also invited to take part in herding the Indian runner ducks with very mixed and entertaining results. The children had their turn too, when they stood on one leg as Zak herded the sheep around them.
Pony sports were well supported, Kirknewton archers had a busy time with people having a go, and a few people tried out quoits for the first time.
Show secretary Joyce Clayton said: “Thanks to the efforts of the local community, the show committee and especially all our volunteer judges and stewards, it was a great show and a brilliant day.”
T Hyslop Perpetual Challenge Cup: J Elliott. JE Lovat and AO Anderson Perpetual Challenge Salver: M Gray. Geo Taylor Memorial Challenge Cup: G Oliver. JR Robson Perpetual Challenge Cup: S Hogg. Tom Mackay Memorial Cup: D Baxter. Lemeunier-Dixon Perpetual Challenge Cup: H Oliver. Rothbury Cup: A Grahamslaw. R Telford Challenge Cup: G Oliver. G Hope Perpetual Challenge Rose Bowl: A Grey. Youngs Novartis Award: J Elliott. JL Hedley Perpetual Silver Challenge Cup: J Elliott. Reserve Champion: A Grahamslaw. J Wison Memorial Cup (confined): J Elliott. Allgood Trophy: A Graham. Cup for first local man home in the Ingram Hill Race: W Nelson. Dorothy Shell Cup: T Sharrocks; Mrs J Wilson book token and cup: K Oates. Linhope Salver: J Givens. Ladies Trophy: M Drummond. Gray Cup: B Ashworth. Pony Sports – Senior Jumping Cup: Jasmine Ford; Ryton Cup: Jasmine Ford; Most points for Ingram/Powburn Shows combined: Jasmine Ford. Sheep dog trials: 1 C Balmbro, with Chip; Novice class: W Graham, with Kel. Open Dog Show – Best in Show: Stephane, with Pheep; Reserve: G Nesbitt, with Poppy; Best Puppy: L Knox, with Tess.
International visitors transform Longramlington Show into global affair
Visitors from America and Germany turned Longramlington Show into an international affair.
Before Saturday’s event, the committee had been concerned over potentially low levels of support and turnout. But the fears were misplaced and they were very pleased with both on the day. Several of the judges commented on the high standard of entries in all classes.
Carole Catchpole, from Northumberland Hedgehog Rescue, one of this year’s Jam Jar Army recipients, presented the trophies.
After the presentation, she was given flowers, a donation to the rescue centre and a ‘hedgehog’ exhibit from the recycled items section. It had been made from an old book with the pages folded to create the shape of a hedgehog and the maker had offered to donate it.
Honorary secretary Veronica Thomson said: “Carole was pleased to have one animal that would not need overnight feeding or attention!”
She added: “The committee would like to thank all those who gave their time on the day to volunteer as stewards/draw ticket sellers/refreshment servers, etc, as well as those who entered and came to view the exhibits. A village event with a happy atmosphere.”
Foster Mole Cup (most points, vegetables): John McCutcheon. Molly Hall Rose Bowl (most points, flowers): Mr and Mrs Heggie. Don Porter Memorial Trophy (best dahlia): Mr and Mrs Heggie. The Horticultural Challenge Cup (most points in vegetables, fruit and flowers): Mr and Mrs Heggie. Rookwood Rose Bowl (floral art): Angela Sutton. Queenie Robson Memorial Bowl (most points, cookery): Eileen Wealleans. Chairman’s Goblet (most points, handicrafts): Shirley Burnie/Shonette Hall. Secretary’s Award and Rosette for most points in photography: Lauren Gilholm. Best Supporter in Show Plate, adult: Mr and Mrs Heggie.
Best in Show, fruit and vegetables: Brent Taynton. Best in Show, flowers: Mr and Mrs Heggie. Best in Show, cookery: Eileen Wealleans. Chairman’s Rosette, favourite entry in the show: John McCutcheon. Best in Show, paintings: Diana Mills. Best in Show, handicrafts: Shirley Burnie. Best Exhibit, photography: Lauren Gilholm. Vice Chairman’s Rosette, favourite entry: Shonette Hall. Secretary’s Rosette, favourite entry: Eileen Wealleans.
Sunday’s a break with tradition
Bamburgh was among the villages in north Northumberland to host its annual horticultural and industrial show at the weekend.
Due to unforeseen local circumstances, the committee had to change the well-established, historic date of the 2016 show from the second Saturday of September to the Sunday (September 11).
Bamburgh Village Show has been held on the same date for the past 80 years and the committee intends to return to the original show date, the second Saturday in September, in the future as it was held on this date to commemorate the original Bamburgh Feast.
The show was not as well-attended as last year, perhaps not helped by the break with tradition and a clash with the Great North Run, but the weather was fine.
Horner Challenge Cup: D Trotter. McDougal Cup: J Scott. Dobson Cup: C Williamson. Harry Birkett Cup: J Scott. Frank Clark Cup: B Jackson. RD Watson Memorial Cup: L Topham. Beatrice Watson Cup: H Sinton.