Revived village show a spectacular success

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Scholes residents turned out in force on Saturday to dispel any fears that the revival of Scholes Village Show, after a gap of three years, would not win popular support.

The event was a spectacular success, attracting 430 exhibits entered by 91 exhibitors.

Its team of voluntary organisers intend that the show now continues as an annual community highlight.

Scholes Elmet Primary School was packed by competitors, their families and friends, plus scores of local people who wished to support the show and enjoy the occasion.

The school hall was filled with stunning, vibrant colours as lovely displays of flowers competed with impressive arrays of fruit and vegetables for the attention of delighted visitors.

An entire wall was lined with entries from keen photographers, while others displayed their artistic skills with brush or palette knife.

There was a strong children’s section, too, which the show’s organisers were especially keen to encourage.

Welcoming visitors, Jane Macaulay said the organising committee she chairs had been “overwhelmed by the support and the number of entries received.”

She especially thanked the school’s head teacher, Mrs Pam Edwards and her staff, also members of Scholes Women’s Institute who provided delicious home made refreshments.

Coun Matthew Robinson, a member of Leeds City Council who represents Scholes, declared the show open and presented the awards.

“Just look around you. It’s a brilliant turnout,” he declared.

Scholes Village Show results:

The Challenge Shield, awarded to the Best Overall Competitor - Avril Wright, who submitted entries to 16 classes; The Banksian Medal, awarded by the Royal Horticultural Society for horticultural achievement - Keith Ruddlesden; The Bartle Trophy, awarded for arts and crafts - Jenny Crabtree; The Honore Trophy, awarded for home cooking - joint winners Andrea Wagstaff and Denise Warburton; The Charles Ashby Trophy, awarded by a retired head of Scholes Primary School for the best children’s entry - Charlotte Bartle, aged four; The Wilfred Senior Trophy, awarded for fruit and vegetables - David Tindall.