These are a good opportunity to promote the WI, show the public what it does and recruit new members because of the large number of visitors they attract. Three shows located in the centre, east and west of the county each provide us with a marquee – the Surrey County, the Cranleigh and the Edenbridge and Oxted Shows – in return for a fee in one case, and a donation in the others.
Each has its own committee of WI members and because shows must pay for themselves, a fund raising event may be held prior to the show. The committee decides on the competition classes, activities, displays and demonstrations which will take place in the marquee. You may find a WI member demonstrating lace-making, for example; special activities for children and you may be able to buy home-made cakes and preserves.
WI members support the shows by entering the competition classes (some of which the public can enter), and visit, along with the public, to see how their entries fared and admire the quality of craft and other skills on display. WI Advisers are on hand to answer questions about the WI and recruit new members. So if you plan to visit one of these shows, make sure you head for the WI marquee.
On With The Show
The NFWI has published a very useful booklet for show organisers, judges and exhibitors, On With the Show, which tells you all you need to know about shows and entering competitions.
Surrey County Show
The Trustees of the Surrey County Agricultural Society – which runs the 2022 Surrey County Show – are disappointed to report that, once again, the show will be unable to take place due to the continuing pandemic and the challenges that it has presented.
The trustees of the Cranleigh & South Eastern Agricultural Society are sorry to announce that there will be no Cranleigh Show in 2022.
Edenbridge and Oxted Show
Good News! The 2022 Edenbridge and Oxted Show is going ahead on 28th & 29th August. This year’s theme is Make, Bake, Create. We need your entries!
Volunteers to help us organise the WI area are always welcome.
For more details you can download the show schedule by clicking ‘view document’ or ring Ann Thomas on 07554 023786.