The fifth annual Grow and Show Day was held at Newark Showground on 9th September. The event was attended by people we support from all over the country. The people who travelled the furthest were from Twyford House in Dover who undertook a 394 mile round trip to join in the fun!
This year’s theme was The Wild West with many people dressed up as cowboys or Indians and several of the classes and games reflected this. Classes with a Wild West theme included a cowboy made from re-cycled materials, painted pebbles, six individual cakes and tray gardens with some really imaginative entries received.
The catwalk classes were both linked to the theme; a hat or head dress and masks were required to parade in front of the crowd on the red carpet and everyone who joined in had really good fun with smiles and laughter all round! Games included roll a ball at the cactus, a Wild West quiz as well as guess the name of the cowboy bear and the Indian bear. The ever popular stocks had been painted in the shape of a cowboy and this provided much hilarity. Entertainment was provided by a Native American Skills challenge where Becky Ward, who lives at Redbank House near Retford, went head to head with Jayne Davey, Chief Operating Officer. Their challenge was to erect a wigwam from a kit and the first person to sit in the completed wigwam was declared the winner. Cheered on by the crowd and with commentary and a little intervention from compere, Brian Thomas and his inflatable horse, Becky managed to beat Jayne most convincingly.
People we support gave a birds of prey flying display and indoors Christine Brown, from the Birds and Animal Center, gave spinning demonstrations along with some of her students. Martin Wharin, from Bracken Villa, supplied the music and despite it not being to his taste, he ensured there was plenty of Country and Western music played to keep everyone in the spirit of the day. Michael Goodyear, also from Bracken Villa, did a great job on the barbecue, providing plenty of burgers for the hungry guests.
Winning entries from this year’s art competition were on display and many of the winners attended the event to collect their prizes and certificates from CEO, Andrew Cannon. Andrew also presented certificates to everyone who had participated in the demonstrations. The final presentation was for the class winners. Matthew Porter from Barclays Bank, who matched the money raised at the event, presented the Best in Show Shield to Trudy Walker from St Catharine’s in Cambridge for her beautiful nursery rhyme cake.
The event raised £709.90 (£1419.80 with Barclays Bank matching this amount) for Weirfield Wildlife Hospital in Lincoln.