A month to go!

Wow, hard to believe we only have a month to go!

We’re so excited about this year’s show and have lots of new goodies for you. How about pony rides for your little ones?

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Looking back at the Show

A week has passed since the Show – thank you all for coming.  We asked for feedback from people who attended and, woo hoo, it was all positive, big smiles all round!

The very lovely David Fletcher opened the Show and was there for people to have their antiques valued.  He had a good afternoon and said one of the visitors had a gorgeous tea service.

Our very own MP, Alistair Burt, and our very own Councillor, Jane Walker, both came to the show.  Great to see them, both from our point of view and from the feedback from visitors, and we are very appreciative that they made the time to attend.

The standard of show entries was excellent and the Judges had a hard time deciding which were first, second and third in many cases.  The auction of entries later was very successful ~ spreading the enjoyment!

The Bedfordia 5-a-side football tournament got under way before the start of the show and was enjoyed by many spectators and players.  Unfortunately there was one spectator who spoilt it for the rest – shouting and swearing abusive comments at the referee.  It is to the ref’s credit that he paid no heed and carried on with the game in the same manner of fairness and integrity that he always does.  Clapham Colts do wonderful things in our village and all give their time and efforts free of charge – we could not host the Bedfordia Cup without their help and at the moment, whether or not they participate in next year’s show hangs in the balance.

The Bedfordia Cup was eventually won by the Clapham Club for the second year running – well done!  And we’d like to thank Suzanne Hodgkiss (IT Manager for Bedfordia) for coming to present the Cup.

Looks like we will have to do the races again next year – those who took part had a great time, especially the ones in the egg and spoon race who found out that not all the eggs were hard-boiled – smile.

We’ve had some really nice e-mails and phone calls from people who participated with activities and stands and who want to come back again next year – thank you, thank you, thank you.  And thank you to all who came and all who helped – you have nearly a year’s grace now!

Don’t forget, it will be on Saturday, 3rd September in 2011.

Tomorrow, tomorrow, I love you tomorrow!

So excited, the big day is now tomorrow – only a day away!

Got to get the ribbons today for the three-legged races!  Looking forward to seeing this, plus the egg and spoon race and others.  Must remember the camera.

Unfortunately, the Red Arrows will not be flying over this year – their schedule is always chock-a-block and tomorrow is particularly busy.  We wish them luck.

Yes, we will have a calf and a sheep there, not sure about the ducks yet, we’ll have to wait and see.

There will be lots of stalls with all manner of wondrous things to look at, discover info, play and/or buy.  Enjoy!

Congratulations on the MBE!

Rene Garrard & Margaret Oakley

Rene Garrard has been awarded the MBE, fantastic news!  Rene does an incredible amount of work for charity.

Rene and her late husband retired in 1982 and got involved with the Bedford hospitals charity.  Rene also did four years helping with the fund raising at St Johns Hospice  at Moggerhanger.

Rene is still involved with the hospital fund raising and helps at the hospital bric a brac stall inside the hospital on Tuesdays and various other stalls.

Rene also supports the Bedford Guild House and did the reception desk a couple of times a week and was a trustee. Unfortunately Rene gave this up because of illness.

Rene’s husband died in 2008; he had done a lot of the lifting and carrying  for the charity.   He died in Bedford Hospital and Rene has only praise for the staff, they were wonderful.

That’s the reason Rene will be at Clapham Show ~ supporting both The Guild House and Bedford Hospital.  Do go along and say hello – and congratulations!

Good news!

Two great e-mails confirming people coming to the Show.

The first from Jane Walker, our Councillor on Bedford Borough Council and the second from Alistair Burt, our Member of Parliament.  Great news that these two very busy people will be with us on the day.

Alistair Burt

Alistair Burt is currently Parliamentary Under Secretary of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office, Minister for the Middle East & South Asia.  He has served, very successfully through a lot of hard work, as the Member of Parliament for North East Bedfordshire since 2001.

Alistair’s web site is www.alistair-burt.co.uk

Jane Walker

Jane Walker is our Councillor with Bedford Borough Council.  She represents the Clapham Ward, which consists of Clapham, Milton Ernest and Thurleigh.

You can see from the website how busy Jane is on various committees and appointments to outside bodies. http://www.bedford.gov.uk

Steering Group

The Steering Group is a team of people that plans, organises and manages the Show.

This post gives a chance to say a huge thank you to John Creasey and Louise Marshall.  John has been Chairman of the group for the past few years and Louise has been the Secretary.  They have worked tirelessly for the Show and have decided they need to take a break ~ the Show is mainly the success it is, due to their hard work and enthusiasm.

Louise is still involved as she will be in charge of the Show exhibits, something she excels in ~ hooray!  And John has agreed to do his usual brilliant and witty auctioneering at the end of the Show!

Thank you, thank you, thank you.