Sun shines on successful Denmead village show

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After days of grey skies and rain, the sun broke through for Denmead’s annual village show last Saturday.

The good weather was a relief for the Denmead Horticultural Society which runs the event.

Barry Glenister, chairman of the society, said the event had been running for 65 years but this was only the fourth year it had been held on the lawns and car park of All Saints Church, in the heart of the village.

He said: ‘Although the number of entries are slightly down this year, the quality is very definitely up.

‘There is a brilliant atmosphere with so many people enjoying themselves.’

The Denmead show is truly a village event for all ages, with classes in the show for everyone – from classes for youngsters competing for the first time, to some 
for people who have taken part for many years.

Outside of the hall there was lots to entertain the visitors.

The dog show had a novelty event of musical chairs for owners and their dogs.

There were exhibitions put on by local organisations to give food for thought, and a tearoom providing food.

After that visitors could try their hand at smashing crockery using wooden 
balls or nine-pin bowling with wooden ‘cheeses’.

In the show ring there was a display of Egyptian belly dancing by the group Aziza.

The ladies gave a colourful and eye-catching display, which had clearly been well rehearsed under the tuition of their leader Teresa Griffin.

Their dances were rewarded by large rounds of applause from a fascinated audience.

A star attraction for many of the children was being able to get up close to some farm animals and touch them.

The Mill Cottage Farm Experience were the people who brought the animals to the show, bringing the countryside right into the village.

Alfie Barclay, 6, who goes to Denmead Infant School, had a smile all over his face as he petted the goats.