Suburb’s first ‘village show’ puts down strong roots

greenNW''Broomhill Alternative Village Green and Garden Fete. Maisy King, eight, wears her recycled hat standing next to an owl made out of recycled material
greenNW''Broomhill Alternative Village Green and Garden Fete. Maisy King, eight, wears her recycled hat standing next to an owl made out of recycled material
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ORGANISERS of the first Broomhill ‘Village Show’ have put down the roots for an annual community focal point.

The first event, which saw stalls erected in the main shopping parade on Saturday, exceeded expectations in terms of numbers of competition entries and interest among visitors.

“So many people said it was a good idea to do something in the centre of Broomhill,” said Lee Kenny, secretary of Broomhill Action and Neighbourhood Group.

“And we had excellent participation from the community, although there weren’t as many student entries as we would have liked because it was probably a little early for them! Perhaps we’ll do it in the afternoon next time!”

Activities were divided between the car park in front of the shops and indoors at Broomhill Methodist Church. Next year organisers hope that everything will take place in the shopping parade.

Almost 200 entries were received for categories ranging from traditional items such as garden produce, jam and baking to comedy vegetables, edible art and creative recycling.

Best In Show – awarded by public vote – was won by Alice Gleeson, aged 10, with her Owl Scarecrow in the artistic recycling class.

Other main prizes were: A Taste of Broomhill – Sara Brindley for her bread basket, Verdant Village – Lee Kenny for her basket of garden vegetables, Broomhill Inspired – Elspeth Whitby for a pair of tiny toy mice.

A gusting wind prompted some concerns but the show itself was declared a winner. “It went really well,” said Lee.