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
It is with regret that SFWI has made the decision to withdraw from participation at this year’s Surrey County Show, and will not therefore be having a marquee, any form of displays or running any competitions.
This was due to take place on 28 June at Cranleigh Show Ground, Bookhurst Road (Ewhurst Road), Cranleigh, GU6 7DW. Due to the coronavirus it has been cancelled for 2020. The show in 2021 will take place on Sunday 4 July and the schedule will be made available in March.
Edenbridge and Oxted Show
The Edenbridge and Oxted two-day show, planned for the August Bank Holiday weekend, has now been cancelled.
However, the organisers of our WI marquee urge members to start practising for next year’s show which will use the schedule planned for 2020 on the theme ‘Handmade With Love’.