The Festival

West Pennard Primary School

Pilton Show



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


The theme for the 2018 calendar will be Wildlife in Pilton – this could be animals, birds or plants but all photos must be taken in Pilton throughout the seasons, to fit specific months. Please let us know when taken if possible!

Although we’ve earmarked a few from the 2016 Show photo entries, all local photographers are invited to contribute. Anyone interested in having their work considered for inclusion please send images (at this stage only in low-res, small files but if selected high-res better quality suitable for printing will be needed) to Jenny de Gex (890465) at


If having a Spring clear out over the Easter holidays, please spare a thought for Pilton Show. It’s never too early to donate items for the infamous Emporium or Children’s stalls, as there is storage space available. If you are moving house, or just wanting to clear space, we can take small boxed items at this stage but cannot accept larger furniture or books until July at the earliest, preferably August.

Please contact Ruth Eavis (890607) or Jenny de Gex (890465). Please consider stallholders and make sure all donated goods are in good condition: no chipped or cracked china, please. All electrical goods must be in safe working order.

A full list of stallholders for your kind donations will appear in July Roundabout. Pilton Show Committee

Pilton Show Committee are shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Chairman Hugh Berry in April 2017.   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 on as planned on 2nd and 3rd September and further announcements will follow.

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