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Small Dole Summer Show 2013

Monday, August 19th, 2013

Held on Saturday 17th August on Mackley’s Sports Field, Small Dole, it was our 69th Summer Show.
We had been eagerly watching the weather forecast over the last week and had hoped we would escape the rain. The morning started well with plenty of sunshine, even if rather windy, but it was not to last! It must have been a jinxed year for us as a couple of months ago we had our steel container broken into and a gas urn, together with a stainless steel sink stolen. We thought that was all but yesterday we discovered our 100metre heavy duty cable and reel was also taken! The reel was really heavy so we are looking for a thief with a hernia!!

The number of entries was considerably up this year and the display marquee was full. What was particularly encouraging was the number of children’s entries and some of their imaginative exhibits.

Childrens scarecrows using a one litre plastic bottle II Childrens scarecrows using a one litre plastic bottle III

The show ground was also full, with more stalls than ever, as well as a very busy dog show. With car park full to the brim and crowds enjoying the afternoon the afternoon started off well – and then it rained! Everyone headed to the marquee exhibition or the tea tent which did a roaring trade –  but the Patcham Silver Band  played on. Last year it had been so hot that the ice cream man sold out whilst the tea tent takings suffered from the heat! You cannot seem to win!

Overall, however, it was one of our best shows ever, despite the rain.

The following were the lucky trophy winners for 2013:

J Ellert Cup – Mike Galvin

Woods Mill Challenge Cup – Hill Dunne

Tottington Challenge Trophy – Mike Galvin

Albert Fish Cup – Karin Hay

Charlie Fish Cup – Mike Galvin

Ann Phillips Cup – Mrs S Long

Muriel Gretton Cup – Richard Barker

Olive Wellstead Cup – Ann Simpson

Noakes Cup – Angela O’Flaherty

Oreham Playgroup Cup – Oliver Froom

Hill View Cup – Stanley Hayes

Marjorie Carreck Cup – Milly Rudling

S A Fish Cup – Jack Beale

Drummond Cup – Helen Oconnell

Stewart Christie Cup – Peter Bull

Adurvale Perpetual Trophy – Jenny Preston

Gluckstein Cup – Karin Hay

Small Dole W I Cup – Karin Hay

Banksian Medal – Mike Galvin

Joan Carr Memorial Cup – D (Bob) Dubbins

Oreham Cup – Mike Galvin

John Scutt Challenge Trophy – Margaret Stoner

W J Harris Cup – D (Bob) Dubbins

David Bubloz Cup – Mike Galvin

Bert Harman Cup – Margaret Stoner

Nellie Tyrrell Shield – Margaret Stoner

Bert & Vera Fish Cup – D (Bob) Dubbins

Bert Ellert Challenge Cup – Mike Galvin

Marjorie Clothier Shield – Milly Rudling

Mary Holder Cup – Milly Rudling

Sadlington Goblet – Daphne Turner

Admirers of the cake exhibits_DSC7425Afternoon Tea for One - Small Dole Summer Show

Gatwick enjoys an Increase in Passenger Numbers…

Monday, August 12th, 2013

Our local leading holiday airport handled an increased number of passengers last month.

A total of more than 3.8 million passengers passed through Gatwick in July 2013 – a 5.5% rise on the figure for the West Sussex airport in July last year.

Although North Atlantic flight passenger numbers dipped 10.7% last month, there was an increase of 9.1% in European scheduled traffic which forms a large part of Gatwick’s overall flying programme.

Gatwick planes were 88.1% full in July 2013 – a record high for the month….

Despite this increase in local traffic, overall foreign holiday bookings have dropped to a low comparable with the slump experienced when the Icelandic volcano dust cloud prevented air travel. The main culprit for persuading people to stay at home seems to be the recent heatwave. Travel firms are concerned that this 25% drop in last minute bookings may be because customers have decided against travel altogether, rather than just because they have postponed the decision to see what the weather will do in the UK.

It was hoped that without the distractions of royal weddings, Olympics, football tournaments, and with the growing feeling that the recession is improving, this year would see a healthy increase in foreign travel, but it would appear the market (and the weather) is more fickle than that.