South Newington may be one of the smaller villages in North Oxfordshire but it still puts on a very fine traditional village Fete and Flower Show which this year takes place on Saturday 12th August on the Poleaxe in the middle of the village, and starts at 2pm.
Chairman of the show this year, Paula Staples said:
“We are one of the few villages to maintain such a traditional event with brass band, dray, dog show, afternoon teas and of course the centrepiece of the event, our magnificent show marquee which presents some 500 entries each year. This year we have invited a local team to give a falconry display”
People from other villages are welcome to enter their produce, although face stiff competition for such time-honoured classics as best dahlias; best rose; best annual sweet peas; housewife’s choice of vegetables and back this year due to popular demand, misshapen vegetables.
Entries evening, when entry cards can be collected in advance, is on Thursday 10th August from 6 – 8pm in the village hall, or people can enter online by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org . It isn’t possible just to turn up with entries on the day, so it is important to plan ahead if people do want to enter any exhibits.
“Judging follows a rigorous process carried out by experts in their field, across 107 different classes of flowers, vegetables and produce, plus a special category for chickens and bantams.
‘The dog show is also an extremely popular category and also judged very precisely. For example, for ‘dog with the waggiest tail’ the number of wags over a period of thirty seconds is counted against a stop watch” continued Paula.
‘Although we are traditionalists in some respects, we do have modern twists on classic categories, for example this year our floral art criteria is for an arrangement on the theme of ‘La La Land” said Paula.
More information about the show is given on the village website, www.southnewington.co.uk or show programmes can be collected from just outside the village church.
Members of the public are warmly invited to come along and enjoy a wonderful day which also includes a display in the church of photos and memorabilia from old school days, plus a display of work by local artists. Entry to the show is £1.50, with free parking and free entry for children.