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
This takes place late May Bank holiday weekend at Stoke Park, Guildford. The show schedule will be available from January-June. This year’s theme was ‘A Feeling of Wellbeing’ and we have provided a copy of the schedule as a guide to the different competitions you can enter.
Taking place at the beginning of July at Cranleigh Show Ground, Bookhurst Road (Ewhurst Road), Cranleigh, GU6 7DW. The show schedule is available March-July. We have provided a copy of the schedule from this year’s show as a guide to the different competitions you can enter.
Edenbridge and Oxted Show
Taking place on the Sunday and Monday on the August Bank Holiday weekend every year at Ardenrun Showground, Tandridge Lane, Lingfield, RH7 6LL. The show schedule is available May-August. We have provided a copy of the schedule from this year’s show as a guide to the different competitions you can enter.