Suburb launches its first village show

SHEFFIELD gets a new village show on Saturday.

Community representatives in Broomhill are to install marquees and a ‘village green’ in the shopping centre in a twist on the traditional community event.

As well as the usual competition categories, such as garden produce, jam and baking, there will be quirky competitions such as comedy vegetables, edible art and ‘creative recycling.

The ‘alternative village show’ is being organised by Broomhill Action Neighbourhood Group in the wake of last year’s food fair, which showcased products from local businesses.

Howard Fry, who chairs the organising committee, said: “Our show will bring together all sections of our vibrant and diverse community.

“We hope that the students who have just moved in to Broomhill will join in the fun and get to meet their neighbours. There are loads of things they can do that don’t require any preparation, for example, making an outfit out of old newspaper, or baking a cake”.

The community group has obtained permission from the council to close the car parking area outside the main shopping parade and, for one day at least, aims to “restore the balance between people and traffic in Broomhill”.

Competition entries should be taken to the stalls on the ‘village green’ between 9.30am and 10.30am. They cost 50p per exhibit and 25p for under-14s. Judging will take place between 11am and noon and Prize giving will be in the Methodist Church at 1pm.

BANG secretary Lee Kenny said: “Local businesses have once again been really supportive, with donations towards the many prizes on offer. Several of them will also be judging the entries.”