The Festival

West Pennard Primary School

Fine weather on the whole ensured an enjoyable Pilton Show weekend: Saturday’s Flower Show entries were up by 10% to 550, filling the bunting-bedecked marquee.    Overall winner of the George Windsor Cup for most points was Sandra Howe.  Full list of special trophy, section cup and detailed class winners can be found on

Entertainments on the field began with Haggis and Charlie doing their routine of juggling both on the ground and on unicycles, then playing with fire.   Afterwards, a child was overheard asking Haggis “What does fire taste like?”  “Hot, but don’t try it at home!”

The well-known Glastonbury comic juggling duo have performed at the Festival for many years but not often this side of the fence!

The colourfully dressed  ‘Desert Divas’ performed their routine of Bollywood and Belly Dancing.   One of the dancers told me someone commented “Better than the ones at Baltonsborough” – in fact it was the same!    Classes here in Pilton resume in late September at the Village Hall.

An Outreach team from Bristol Zoo brought along mini-beasts  which proved popular, along with conservation items for discussion.  Two bouncy castles and a mobile sweet stall helped keep smaller people amused, as did a series of races, including brightly coloured sack races.

So not only was there juggling and wobbling but also bouncing and hopping!  

All the outdoor stalls did well and the Wizards of Avalon played their traditional jazz.

Early evening had science entertainment for small children before the Barn Dance, in a new more relaxed format, with food from Denela’s available if wished.  Music from Rapscallion and their caller had all ages dancing.  

Sunday afternoon from 2 pm  had a ‘silly’  cricket match between teams from the Village and the Working Men’s Club,  won by the latter.  The afternoon heated up with a noisy Tug of War  with the Ray Norman Memorial Cup won by Brothers’  Team, Festival Strength A, retaining their 2014 title.   Shepton Mallet Big Band played as accompaniment just right for a sunny outdoor afternoon..  Sunday evening’s traditional Thanksgiving in the parish church was themed  “Looking Forward” , at which people representing different aspects of the village described future plans.   One of these was the launch of Village Voices Community Choir, who sang for the first time in public.

Chairman Hugh Berry felt the whole weekend had gone very well and is “awaiting feedback”.  

He felt it was “a great success once again “ and welcomes any suggestions for improvement at the AGM on Monday 9th November.

 Especial thanks must be given to Wick Carnival Club whose members worked hard all weekend on essential haulage and manpower, thereby freeing up committee members for other tasks.  

The Chairman and Show Committee thank everyone who contributed in any way to a successful and enjoyable weekend. A full list of special trophy, section cup and class winners can be found on

Flower Show entries were up by 5% to 550. Attendance on the field was good, entertainments genial and lighthearted and all stalls kept very busy. The new format of Barn Dance seemed to be appreciated but all feedback is welcome.

Please bring your comments or suggestions to the AGM on Monday 9th November at 7.30 pm at the Village Hall, followed by cheese and wine. Anyone interested is invited, particularly if wishing to become involved!

Pilton Show 2015

Pilton Show Weekend