Grosmont Produce and Craft Show

Grosmont and District Produce and Craft Show 2019

Grosmont and District Produce and Craft Show 2019

It is always nice to hear that people have enjoyed a village event and I have had several comments to that effect about the Produce Show. Thank you to everybody involved in any way with this year’s show.  There were a total of 206 entries with 52 people participating, once again some for the first time. That is an increase in individual people from previous years and I hope this trend will continue. Although it was notable that the fruit end veg sections were low due to the weather, it was still enough for a bit of competition. Tony, our judge for this section, mentioned that some smaller shows had cancelled this year due to low entries so Grosmont did well. The section which really took off this year was the photography one with some amazingly high standards shown.

Thanks to all those who sponsor various classes within the show. It really does make a difference to the finances as we make a loss on almost all the classes, with prize money outstripping the entry fees.

The other fund raising sections also help ensure the future of the show and my thanks go to the kind volunteers involved in running the raffle as well as the refreshments stall, including those who donate prizes and make cakes.

Thanks also to all those involved in setting up and removing the show – carrying tables from and to the Town Hall and positioning them, and lifting the big trestle tables into place.

Finally thanks to all the admin tea and the judges. It is plain that the show could not go on without all these various helpers mentioned.

Carol Pitt, whose father Ivor Crump was a keen participant in the show for many years, presented the prizes for us. Carol also kindly donated a beautiful plate in memory of Ivor. This is for the co-operative classes and will go to the group with the most points in this section. A group can be as large or small as you like so get together with neighbours and friends next year to enter this section. It would be lovely to present that new award.

Congratulations to the overall winners who were:

Ted Thickpenny memorial tankard (best veg in show) – once again retained by Linda Mintowt-Czyc

Best flower entry annual cup – Sue Inkin – for her mixed roses

Best craft entry – Jill Jones for her beautiful quilt

Best cake in show in memory of Mary Thomas – Rosie Nicholls for her carrot cake

The children’s shield for the most points –  once again won by Eliza Gardner

The mouse and cheese made by the late Geoff Reynolds – Emlyn Porter

The Rose bowl, donated by and now in memory of Vera Haynes, for the most points in the floral section – Sue Inkin

The tankard donated by the Angel for most points in the drinks section – jointly – Sue Inkin, Sue Gill and Gill Clark

Annual cup – most points in the domestic section – Elaine Probert

Annual shield – most points in fruit and veg section – Jean Price

 We are always open to new ideas for classes and would welcome any comments. I would particularly like ideas for children’s classes to encourage more to participate. It is our amazing village community which ensures the success of the show, with its willing helpers and participants so thank you once more.

Karen Farr



Grosmont and District Produce and Craft Show 2018

Another lovely village event, thanks to all taking part and helping. There were a total of 225 entries spread across all the classes. Down on the cookery, flowers and floral from last year but, surprisingly, considering the comments from various people about the difficulty with the garden, the fruit and veg sections had almost the same number of entries. The judge for this section, who is an RHS judge, commented that the standard was very good for a small show, particularly the cherry tomatoes. We were delighted that there were children’s entries this year as well as some young people entering the Novelty section.

Firstly thanks go to all entrants including new participants; overall numbers entering, 46 individuals and one group, were almost identical to last year so please keep it in the diary. It is always August bank holiday Saturday. Let’s hope for more people next year.

Thanks too for all those who sponsor the show and various classes. Without these people we would struggle to make the show cover its costs and ensure its continuation.

Thanks to all those involved in setting up and removing the show – carrying tables from and to the Town Hall and positioning them, and lifting the big trestle tables into place.

Next thanks to – all the admin team; those supplying as well as those selling the refreshments; Jenny Long for providing lunch for the judges and admin team; and all the judges.

I’m sure you will agree that the show could not go on without all these various helpers.

Lynn Hounsome, who has kept this show going for many years, presented the prizes for us.

Congratulations to the overall winners who were:

Ted Thickpenny memorial tankard (best veg in show) – retained by Linda Mintowt-Czyc

Best flower entry annual cup – Jean Cooper Smith

Best craft entry – Jane Buckels

A new award for the best cake in show, donated in memory of Mary Thomas – Jenny Juckes

The children’s shield for the most points – Eliza Gardner

The mouse and cheese made by the late Geoff Reynolds was not awarded again as there were no entrants in the class for children’s planted patio box.

The Rose bowl, donated by and now in memory of Vera Haynes, for the most points in the floral section – Jean Price

The tankard donated by the Angel for most points in the drinks section – Sue Inkin

Annual cup – most points in the domestic section – retained by Rosie Nicholls

Annual shield – most points in fruit and veg section – retained by Linda Mintowt- Czyz

I do hope the day has inspired you to think towards future years. My daughter, Steph, who gave considerable help to me, said that she feels so strongly about this show, as it was such an important part of her childhood. Please can we inspire the next group of young people to feel the same?

If you have any ideas for future classes please feel free to put them forward. Also, can I put out a personal request for any other people willing to become involved in all the organising for this event, please contact me? I would like to see the show go from strength to strength and new ideas and help will ensure this.

Karen Farr

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