HOT summer sunshine brought families and friends flocking to Knaphill’s Village Show on Saturday.
Opened by ‘Winston Churchill (impersonated by Stan Streather), the event had a First World War theme, featuring regular speeches in commemoration of the outbreak of the war.
The show was hosted by Mizens Railway, meaning regular mini train services from Twichen Manor Station for all ages ran through the day.
The Station Master at Mizens, Roger Hutchins (who was re-enacting Major WD Pickett for the theme of the show) said: “We want people to discover the railway as part of the community we are in.”
With more than 20 stalls offering a range of food, goodies and gifts as well as a roundabout, bouncy castle and Punch & Judy, there was something for everyone.
Showcasing local talent, the BellyTricks dance troupe added to the fun and got children up on their feet as they performed their routines.
Local bands and musicians provided a range of seasonal sounds, creating a buoyant yet relaxing atmosphere. Oscar’s Dog Show was also a great hit. Bringing a whole new meaning to community spirit, dogs, children and families entered the competitions in hope to win a prize in the ‘Dog and Children Biscuit & Spoon Race’.
Jamie Ferry and his dog Alfie won first prize after spontaneously entering at the last minute.
Up against three other competitors, the two were quite content with their rosette, and Alfie seemed rather pleased after receiving a tub of Oscar’s treats for his effort.
Another winner at the dog show was Christine Jelly and her dog Honey, who was named prettiest during the contest.
This being Honey’s first ever dog show, Christine was very pleased at the outcome.
Events like this are not just great fun, but they also encourage a closer community, which is part of the reason the Baptist Church came to support the show, saying: “It is a lovely opportunity for the local organisations to get together and showcase what they do.”