Hurst Show 2018 report

Hurst Show and Country Fayre was a sizzling success attracting thousands of visitors.

The show had a moving start. It was opened by former and current pupils of St Nicholas Primary, Hurst. The school celebrates its 200th anniversary this summer.

The opening ribbon cutting team included John Phillips, Rosemary Hull, and Jackie Phillips (no relation), pupils at different times from the 1930s. With them were children in each school year now.

Show chair Sue Payne said: “Visitors told us it was a special country show with lots to get involved with and a non-commercial atmosphere.

“A big thank you to our visitors and all who created the weekend. We had fabulous weather.

When we’ve calculated expenses we can say how much we can give to local good causes.”

A show first was an antiques valuation event run by Wokingham firm Martin & Pole.

Auctioneer Matthew Coles said: “We’ve seen lots of interesting things including two Beswick figures of horses jumping over fences. They might fetch £100-£150 at auction.”

The fifth classic cars and motorbikes show was the biggest ever with 81 entries. Visitors voted for their favourite each day.

Saturday’s winner was a humble, but special, 1989 mini named Hatty and firmly part of the Gardiner family at Winnersh. David Gardiner restored Hatty for his delighted daughter Holly’s 17th birthday.

On Sunday a flamboyant, bright yellow Lamborghini Diablo, worth £180,000 was the winner. Owner Dave Glanville, of Reading, does occasional school proms trips in the 1993 car.

Helen and Derek Bunce of Maidenhead wrote: “Each year the Hurst Show and Country Fayre gets better and better. It is our favourite classic car show. Thank you to all involved for a wonderful village show.” Retired Hurst farmer Chris James liked the old tractors display. “The children loved sitting on them. I enjoyed the show, it was very well organised,” he said.

Other rural attractions included:

  • St Nicholas School maypole dancers
  • Sandhurst Draghunt hounds
  • saddler James Turner
  • a traction engine
  • wood turners
  • woodcraft
  • falconry
  • tugs of war
  • Hurst Morris People
  • pony and horse displays

Many children leapt to take part in the hobby horse championships. There was a new music tent and the chance to try bell ringing at The Charmborough Ring. St Nicholas School’s parents ran many stalls. Delighted football fans watched the England Panama match in the beer tent.

Local artists staged a show. Hurst inspired pictures included folklore’s green man by Liz Chaderton of Hurst, referring to the Green Man pub. Jane Leighton Herd of Wokingham painted the village pond and Sarah Pye of Henley the dog daisies in Hogmoor Lane.

Thirst quenching numbers

Visitors quaffed:

  • 648 pints bitter
  • 528 pints lager
  • 352 pints cider
  • 290 glasses of Pimms
  • 156 glasses of Prosecco
  • 900 bottles of water
  • 1200 cans of soft drink

Dog Show

The dog show attracted 130 entries. Emma Nicklen said: “There was huge interest, with lovely dogs. We provided a paddling pool for them to cool off in.”

Dog show results:


  • Golden oldie: 1 Chester, Lulu Briggs, 2 Lemon, Tracy Allen; 3 Jampo, Caroline Hughes.
  • Cross breed: 1Diego, Kerry Pain, 2 Alfie, Connor Brumby; 3 Bowser, Lucy Samways.
  • Pedigree, Tori, Matt Gardiner; 2 Reggie, Ben Sharp; 3 Ruby, Emily.
  • Most beautiful lady, 1 Betsy, Penny Arpino; 2 Rukia, Mandy; 3 Zia, Heidi Alder; best legs: 1 Gus, Tony Essex; 2 Ziggy, Caroline; 3 Kaspar, Poppy Willson.
  • Appealing eyes: 1 Max, Dylan Jones; 2 Cody, Kim Allen; 3 Meg, Tanya.
  • Handsome gentleman: 1 Louie, Ruth Welch; 2 Toffee, Lisa Wright; 3 Stanley, Kelly.
  • Fancy dress: 1 Alfie, Connor Brumby; 2 Hagrid, Annabelle Howie.
  • Puppy: 1 Shrek, Caroline Hughes; 2 Chester, Sharon; 3 Boston, Graham Cairns.


  • Best legs: 1 Leia, Katie Pannill; 2 Honey, Heather Payne; 3 Murphy, Sally Hewetson.
  • Appealing eyes: 1 Alfie, Sally Outram; 2 Orca, Olivia Turner; 3 Kiera, Lucy Hammond.
  • Handsome gentleman: 1 Fivos, Mike Dunstan; 2 Chester, Carol Burges; 3 Ollie, Peter Blundell.
  • Beautiful lady: 1 Evie, Stuart Bartlett; 2 Darcey, Caroline Rathmell; 3 Amber, Cindy Benney.
  • Pedigree: Inca, Julie Fleming; 2 Rex, Amanda Webb; 3 Dolly, Jennie Kirk.
  • Cross breed: 1 Misty, Julie Webb; 2 Bert, Ollie and Laura Lapish; 3 Alfie, Amy Shields.
  • Golden oldie: Fran, Fiona Shields; 2 Murphy, Sally Hewetson; 3 DeeDee, Mia Brookes.
  • Puppy: 1 Penny, Emma Hardy; 2 Ringo, Louise Stringer; 3 Bailey, Charlie Thornton.

  • Best in show: Inca, Julie Fleming; 2 Evie, Poppy Wilson.


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