From all our committee members I would like to first say a big thank-you to all who helped in any way to make this wonderful day happen. As a few commented on the Auckley Community Facebook, the Auckley Show Facebook, personal emails and from comments we received throughout the day we are lucky to live in a location with so much community spirit.
This year was the most challenging to maintain our policy to make this a free admission free parking event. At the time of writing I can’t say if we broke even or lost money. I can say with almost certainty that we didn’t make any, I am happy with that because we just need to survive to make it happen next year.
Like everything else the costs continue to rise I have never done this before but I feel I need to point out some of the main expenditure we have. The Marquee’s £6500, by the way did you sit down anywhere, that cost us £1.20 plus VAT for the chair and if you sat a table that was another £5. The banqueting roll, (paper table cloth and plastic clips to hold it on was extra) Public Liability Insurance, First Aid cover, security cover during the nights leading up to the show, did you spend a penny? Did you notice we had the four sets of steps to the toilets replaced, the previous set were well worn with age rickety and full of wood worm. Keeping the toilets clean and replenishing the 100 toilets rolls, hand soap and paper towel rolls all cost money. The additional easy access toilet we provided will now be a permanent feature much better than using the Pavilion. We dealt with rubbish in bins, did you deal with yours? We provided 33 bins, and probably 4 or 5 bin liners for each. They went into our skip which cost £250 plus VAT.
Financial contributions were made to others to provide entertainment, the Disco Friday and Saturday nights, Doncaster Ukulele Club, Dixin Around Jazz, Armthorpe Elmfield Brass Band, Vinny Dean vocalist, Jade Cotton Stilt Walker and Fire breather and Mr Magic. Refreshment expenses were paid to the 26 Air Cadets and staff of 1053 Squadron based at Hill House School who were on duty dealing with traffic flow, what a terrific job they did under adverse weather conditions. The service they provide is second to none and I believe indispensable. Do you know they are the 4th largest unit in the north of England with over a 100 members spending their leisure time constructively? What a credit to young people
South Yorkshire Police had our full support in dealing with inconsiderate parking by way of fixed penalty notices for obstruction. The Free Car Parking facility was well signposted.
New for this year was the Auckley Show Ninja Warrior competition. This was a free to enter event that proved very popular, feedback from the Project Manager suggests this will return next year bigger and better. Everyone of all ages had lots of fun around the course. We are looking for a Financial Sponsor to support this in 2018. You may have seen I appealed for help on the Auckley Community web site on the lead up to the show, that fell on deaf ears and the few that organised the event were left exhausted, can you help for an hour next year to relieve the pressure?
Fun Dog Show gets better every year with an added touch of a Dancing Dog performance that was just fantastic. Project Manager Cheryl said “I just want to thank everyone who supported the dog show. We raised £212 for TIA Rescue. The amazing people who brought their dogs despite the weather. Thankyou from the bottom of my heart, animal welfare is a passion of mine and every penny goes to the dogs being cared for. See you all next year - Cheryl
The ‘carbooters’ took advantage of the limited space available and were trading all day from 8am.
We had record breaking numbers again with 760 exhibits entered into the Horticultural, Craft, Baking and Preserves and Children’s competitions. It is my opinion that this acts as a barometer to the level of Community Spirit we have, see the results of all winners. Can I invite you to take part next year and help us to reach our target of 1000 entries, it is free to enter?
Can we thank all our sponsors and supporters and a mention to our local MP Caroline Flint who officially opened the show and took on the role of Auctioneer and raised for us over £200.
May I ask that you think of your talents and how you could, in any way, contribute towards this wonderful community event?
Maybe you could offer a sponsorship or donation. Could you help over the Show weekend or spend one evening a month on the friendly committee planning for next year? What about joining our 200 club the monthly £1 per month draw.
We have our next meeting 7.30pm Wednesday 20th September in the Parish Centre Main Street Auckley. The Agenda as always is ‘Learning the lessons’ where we discuss all the positives and the negatives to improve and ‘fine tune’ for next year. All are welcome to put their views forward. We are aware of concerns over the pricing of kiddies rides and certain items of food and will discuss how to deal with the issues.
Next year the date is set for Saturday 18th August 2018 and we can’t wait to get started planning for it.
If you have any comments or queries I can be contacted on 01302 770818 or e mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Chairman Auckley Show