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The 2016 Village Show

The 2016 Village Show on 16 July was hailed as a great success; entries to classes equalled previous records with very many happy visitors enjoying a range of activities and entertainments outside the marquee on the playing field. And the sun shone!

The judges, some from SHAPA (Suffolk Horticulture and Produce Association), commented on a high standard of entries. The most entries were in the photographic classes, followed by stems of perennials and roses in the flower section, and in the preserves and baking sections. In all there were nearly 1,000 entries to classes.

Among the activities outside on the playing field were opportunities to try herding ducks and to meet other farm livestock, a demonstration of blacksmithing, musical performances from the choir Upbeat! and solo performer Ollie Billsberry, and a ‘trash or treasure’ auction. The displays of motorbikes, classic cars and 4 wheel drive vehicles brought along by proud owners were admired. The car booters encouraged a throng of visitors to the end of the field. The children’s races and a tug of war were enthusiastically supported. Grundisburgh Football Club’s bar and barbecue were well patronized, as was the refreshment tent run by Grundisburgh Playgroup parents. The show raffle proved a big draw.

The show ended with the presentation of the 25 cups. These were handed over to the winners by Brenda Garrett who has served on the horticultural society committee for over 40 years ago, for a number as chairman.

Party-goers at the dance in the marquee in the evening enjoyed music by John Richards and The Outlines, and a hog roast supper.

The show is the main event run by Grundisburgh Burgh & Culpho Horticultural Society and is booked to take place on Saturday 15 July in 2017. All comments and suggestions, particularly for new classes and ideas for activities on the playing field, will be welcomed. Contact

Planning for next year starts in September with the AGM on the 7th. The classes will be chosen during the autumn and published in early January.