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Crosthwaite Community News report - Crosthwaite Show 2018


Crosthwaite Show was held in the Argles Memorial Hall on Saturday September 8th. There was an excellent turnout with 100 adult admissions on the day, plus children who were admitted free.

The Show organisers decided to focus this year on attracting more entries from children in an effort to encourage as wide an age range as possible to participate in the show, and this certainly paid dividends. The youngest entrant was 18 months old, the oldest, Angela Jones, celebrated her 95th birthday on show day, but still found time to enter several of the domestic classes with her baking. The Hall looked splendid, as in addition to the entries,there were displays of artwork created by the children of Crosthwaite Primary School and the Playgroup.

There were 106 entrants, in 90 categories in total, of whom 52 were children entering the 9 newly created classes for those aged 11 and under, which included carefully constructed miniature gardens, intricate Lego models, animal photography and animals made from fruit and vegetables. Charlie Taylor, aged 7, won the competition to design the cover for next year’s show. A popular new category was ‘Artwork Created at School.’ All children’s classes were judged in three separate age groups, Under 5, Age 5-7 and Age 8-11. Six of the children also successfully entered some of the adult classes.

The Children’s Award, which was a toy or a book, went to the child in each age group who, in the opinion of the judges, had made the best overall contribution. These were

Eilidh Jessop,
Under 5,Lottie Date,5-7,
Lily Cross, 8-12,

Adult categories were wide ranging too, covering pot plants, flowers, floral art and fruit and vegetables, which provided a rich backdrop of seasonal colour from regular exhibitors and many welcome first time entrants.

There were high quality entries across the board in the painting and photography classes, which this year focused on portraits, flowers and seascapes. These popular subjects attracted a good number of exhibitors, some of whom were also first time entrants.

Handicrafts on display included up cycled items, handmade cushions, knitted hats and greeting cards.

Domestic classes were as popular as ever, showing an array of baked goods, preserves, chutneys, and flavoured liqueurs.

The show is very well supported by local businesses and village groups, who donated over a dozen high value raffle prizes including a £100 voucher towards a commissioned child or pet portrait, donated by a local artist, meal vouchers from local pubs and restaurants, book tokens, wine and cash.

Show Committee Chairman and organiser Pat Howarth thanked the Committee , helpers, exhibitors and visitors without whose efforts the show couldnt take place. Cups and prizes were presented by Matthew Dobson, a stalwart of the Show for very many years who has in previous years entered up to 50 exhibits, but this year Matthew has decided to hang up his trowel and wooden spoon, and enjoy the show as an honoured guest.

Cups and prizes were awarded as follows:

KATHLEEN LAWSON PERPETUAL CUP for the best exhibit in the Cut Flowers and Pot Plant classes, Vonnie Sharp

THE JACK AND MARY MYERS ROSE BOWL for the best Rose Exhibit in Classes 1-3 Peter Hensman

The WESTMORLAND DAMSON ASSOCIATION AWARD for the best exhibit in the fruit and vegetable classes was won by first time entrant, Christine Charlton.

The PAT WILSON CUP for the best exhibit in Floral Art, Jenny Massie

The AGRICULTURAL COMMITTEE PERPETUAL CUP for the best exhibit in the Domestic Classes, Pat Howarth

The CROSTHWAITE PHOTOGRAPHY CUP for the best exhibit in the Photography Classes, Ewan Sale

The RODNEY SALE AWARD for the best exhibit in the Art Classes, Peter Windsor

The WI COMPETITION CUP for the best exhibit in the Handicraft Classes, Ann Smith

The ERIC BOWMAN PERPETUAL CUP and £10 to the exhibitor who is the best all rounder by gaining the greatest number of first prizes across the greatest number of categories A-E, Jean Hudson.


Matthew Dobson presents Angela Jones, 95, with a long service award



Charlie Taylor, aged 7 won the competition
to design next year�s Show front cover



‘Turk’s Head’ squash



Entries in the Cut Flowers Classes