RECORD numbers of people attended this year’s Turnditch and Windley Show, with around 4,000 people flocking to enter the competitions and enjoy the stalls and displays on Saturday.
There were over 900 entries for the competitions, which included categories for floral art, flowers, fruit, vegetables, eggs, cakes, preserves, handicrafts, art and photography.
Horse and pony secretary Linda Dutton: “It was a wonderful day and everybody enjoyed it. We had five rings on the go. This show used to be finished by lunchtime but his time it wasn’t done until 5.30pm. The standard was very high. The judges normally judge county shows – and this was reflected by the level of entries. The weather stayed fine for us. It went cloudy a few times – but we got away with it.”
Retired farmer Les Blanchon, 76, who has chaired the show’s committee for 53 years, said: “We had an excellent show with a much improved site. We had that many horses we ran out of numbers for them! When we started it was like a garden party at Lady Inglefield’s house. We have been in the village hall, then Windley Hall and now we’re on land at Hole Farm.”
The show is organised by a dedicated band of volunteers, which includes Claire Blissett, Michael Halls, Liz Ruby, Malcolm Sutton and Joyce Valance. Committee member Chris Reece said: “It trickles along all year and then comes to a head in a rush. It’s like Last of the Summer Wine at times - but it seems to come together on the day! This year the show was held in one large field opposite the Puss in Boots pub, where previously it had been spread across four fields. People thought the venue was a lot better this year because of the extra space.”
With more traders than ever before the show was also up against stiff competition from the show at Chatsworth.
Last year a profit of £1,000 was made, which was split between the Derbyshire air ambulance and the county’s mountain rescue team. Any surplus this year will also be given to local charities. Les added: “We must thank all the exhibitors and the public.”