Albrighton is blossoming as villagers prepare for one of Shropshire’s largest ever village events.

The 6th annual show this Summer is traditionally run “reminiscent of a bygone era” and will be staged on July 5 at the Red House community centre which has undergone a major £250,000 refurbishment after a successful 14 year campaign to save the grade two Georgian listed building.

All proceeds from the show, which has free admission, will go towards the final stage of refurbishment which includes upgrading toilets.

“Once we have completed the final refurbishment we will have a hall of which the village can be justifiably proud,” said show chairman Sue Pate, who led the campaign to stop the old Bridgnorth District Council selling it on the open market.

The Red House was bought by the Village Halls Trust which undertook repairs including the installation of a lift.

“Our Red House show is reminiscent of one that was held many years ago and reflects a wonderful community spirit. We have tried to re-capture a little bit of the ethos of days gone by,” added Sue, who revived the traditional village show six years ago.

Budding gardeners are carefully cultivating their produce as flower growers nurture their blooms, cooks prepare their preserves and children put on their creative hats to enter a range of innovative arts and crafts competitions.
Dogs are being trained ready to vie for the Best Dog in Show or the Dog with the Waggiest Tail or Wiggliest Rump.
The popular annual show in which virtually all the surrounding villages take part is expected to receive scores of entries for seven categories including vegetables, flowers, flower arrangements, preserves and cookery, arts and crafts, photography and dog show. A hanging basket competition has been sponsored by the local civic society.
Albrighton Hall gardener Richard Walker (49) is preparing to enter 20 of the vegetable sections with his prizewinning cabbages, peas, beans and beetroots. (image attached)

“I don’t go out to win. I put a lot of entries in so that they can sell them in the auction to raise funds,” said Richard, a regular contestant who attended the old village show, run by the allotment society with his father in the 1970s.

An appeal has gone out for more tombola prizes to help boost funds. After the show, an evening supper and auction of donated produce and other exhibits are held with a supper and entertainment from the Bridgnorth Ukelele Band. The show opens at 1pm.

Tickets for the evening function are available from the Red House, Monday to Friday from 10am to midday on 01902 373605,


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