Bishopsteignton Village Show Folds After 23 Years
September 1996 saw Bishopsteignton Community Centre filled with flowers, fruit, vegetables, crafts, cookery and all sorts of other exhibits as the first Bishopsteignton Village Show took place.
The show was the brainchild of villagers Roy and Jackie Halsey. Roy had previously been a National Rose Champion and was also a horticultural and vegetable judge which saw this husband and wife team travel the country judging various shows, at both national and local level. A committee was formed and the first show took place in September of 1996. Over the following years the show went from strength to strength featuring flowers, fruit, vegetables, floral art, crafts, cookery, art, photography and a host of special classes for local children.
This lovely, traditional, two-day show fast became a major date in the village diary. Popular with villagers of all ages, many hundreds have taken part over the twenty three years showing thousands of amazing exhibits. The show won the support of all sorts of local businesses, too. Sponsorship of the various classes was offered and donations were secured which helped enable the show to thrive.
The committee has changed over the years but Roy, as Chairman, and Jackie, as Secretary, have always been at the helm. In 2018 the pair decided to stand down and, unfortunately, no-one has come forward to take over the show. So, last month, the committee had one final meeting to dissolve the group. Roy said “The Bishopsteignton Village Show has been a big part of our lives for over twenty years and we’ve very much enjoyed making it happen. Jackie and I love being a part of village life and when we decided to try putting on a show we never dreamed that it would go on for as long as it has or be as popular as it has been. But, all good things come to an end and we decided that 2018 would be our last year.” The show takes place in Bishopsteignton Community Centre which is currently undergoing some changes in terms of its use. Roy added “We’ve always used the whole Community Centre for a full weekend for the show but that will no longer be possible as long-term lets of some of the rooms are now going to happen. So, we knew that the show could not be run on the scale that it had and it seemed as good a time as any to stand down.”
The committee has chosen some village causes to benefit from the monies that the group still had and donations have been made accordingly.
Jackie said “It would be lovely to think that someone new will come along and run some kind of show for the village. Organising things within your community is a very rewarding thing to do as well as great fun when you are working with good people. Roy and I are very proud of what we have achieved and look back on twenty three shows with immense fondness.”
The website has an archive of results and images going back to 2005 at www.bishopsvillageshow.co.uk but, if you’d like to see it, you had better hurry as this will cease to exist after the summer.