The Festival

West Pennard Primary School

Pilton Show Weekend



Despite the appalling wet and windy weather on Saturday afternoon, Pilton had an enjoyable Show weekend.   The Flower Show was busy as the marquee provided essential shelter for many more than usual, as did the gazebo stalls around the playing fields for the Fete.  Unfortunately any outdoor activities, such as sports or the main act, a stunt bike display, had to be cancelled for obvious reasons but Savage Skills managed a static display before the rain grew too torrential.    Show Chairman Hugh Berry said “ a good time was had by all and at least it wasn’t as bad as the memorable year of the Welly Barn Dance…”(when the marquee was flooded).  


Flower Show spokesperson Christine King said ”   This year we had 590 separate entries, 15 more than last year, submitted by 119 people, 9 more than last year. 

The increased number of entrants led to a wider spread of cup winners, with many of the regular younger entrants starting to enter the adult classes and in some cases winning them!”


The evening Barn Dance is always a good opportunity for family reunions and letting hair down, for all ages, after a busy day: mercifully the grass was dry inside the marquee, the music from Cheddar band Rapscallion kept everyone dancing, with a bright and cheerful atmosphere.


Sunday’s fun cricket match was won by Pilton Working Men’s Club and the increasingly noisy Tug of War won for the third successive year by Festival Strength A, beating the Laughing Mares.     The weekend ended with a lighthearted church service, featuring former village residents remembering some of the highlights of their Pilton  years .  Among these were John Barkle, formerly of Pilton Stores, and Jim Dowling, who took over the now-defunct Pilton Manor Vineyard in 1988.


The Show  would like to thank everyone involved  who helped make it a success and raise funds for village organisations who may now apply to the Show’s Grants Committee for funding.  Thanks also to Wick Carnival Club, and other Carnival Club members they enlisted, for their help as part of their own fundraising.  

Click the link below for all Flower Show Results. We had more entries than last year so thanks to everyone who contributed and kept the Flower Show busy and vibrant

PILTON SHOW COMMITTEE were shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Chairman Hugh Berry in April. Under his steady, humorous leadership the Show has survived all weathers and various transitions but none so surprising as this. He will be much missed. However, the Show will go ahead as planned on 2nd and 3rd September.

To prepare your entries for the Flower Show, please look at the website detailing the schedule for all classes – entry forms will be available on line from August.


We would like to revive the idea of stalls of handcrafts Made in Pilton, as there are many talented crafts makers and artists in the village now.  If you would like to take space on the field please provide your own gazebo or if you would prefer to be in the marquee we need to know in advance to plan space.  All we ask is a 10% contribution to Show funds.   This would be from 2-5 pm on the afternoon of Saturday 2nd September .  Please contact Jenny on or 890465 before 21st  August. Apologies but limited to Pilton Makers only!

PILTON SHOW 2018 Calendar

Next year’s calendar, dedicated to our late Chairman who loved walking the local landscap,  will be on the theme of Wildlife in Pilton  and will be available at the Show and from Pilton Post Office from September.  


TUG O’ WAR teams needed to do battle for the Ray Norman cup on Sunday 3rd September as part of Pilton Show’s silly sports afternoon from 2.5 pm.  Apologies but wrong phone numbers were given to contact Terry Moulder – 8 strong men or women per team sought to take part!  Please contact him on 01749 899307 or 07723 058086


The Committee thanks everyone who contributed in any way to a successful weekend. With something for all ages, one comment was “It’s been a fantastic weekend and a real celebration of the best of village life!”

Flower Show entries were up 10% and 99 entrants received awards or certificates. Most sections were up, the largest increase, pleasingly, in children’s sections. Pilton mainstay Sue Green presented the trophies: for a full list of special trophy, section cup and class winners see

We were blessed by sunshine on Saturday so everyone was in a good mood – hours outdoors in warm sunshine made people happier, and this continued for the evening Barn Dance, where dancers aged from 3 to 80 twirled around.

Blighted by rain on Sunday, the Cricket Match unfortunately was cancelled but a noisy Tug of War happened regardless. On a calmer note, the Thanksgiving Service was well attended; the collection went to flood victims in Bangladesh.

Please bring your comments and enthusiasm to the AGM on Wednesday 8th November at 7.00 pm at the Village Hall, followed by cheese and wine. Anyone interested is invited, particularly if wishing to become involved: you would be more than welcome.

Pilton Show Committee


If you represent a Pilton organisation and would like to apply for a Show Grant, please obtain an Application Form from the Post Office or from the Show Treasurer, Paul Warry (890434).Completed forms should be returned to Paul by 31st October.

Paul Warry


Copies of 2018 calendar on the theme of Wildlife in Pilton will be on sale at Pilton Post Office or from Jenny (890465). The theme was already set in 2016’s Photographic Section of the Show but our late Chairman, Hugh Berry, loved birds and animals so we have tried to include some of his favourite creatures and places, in thankful tribute and dedicated to his memory.

Unfortunately the first batch has been printed with errors, so please could anyone who purchased copies at Pilton Show whom we have not yet managed to trace phone Jenny ASAP to receive a replacement copy.

PILTON SHOW AGM Wednesday 8th November Pilton Village Hall at 7.00pm Followed by wine and cheese.