2016 was our 37th Show.

History of the Show

Westbury on Trym Show at the Village Hall was conceived in 1977 after the success of a flower arranging competition.  It has been running since 1978.  Until 2012 it was referred to as the Westbury on Trym Flower Show.  In 2013 it has been renamed the Westbury on Trym Village Show.

Profit from the Show go towards the running and maintenance of the Westbury-on-Trym Village Hall.

In recent years some of the entry classes have been designed around a theme.

2016 - 37th Westbury on Trym Village Show - Seasons


The theme for the 37th show was Seasons.

The weather was wet and windy but, despite the weather, we had another successful year with over 500 adults viewing the exhibits.

Hot soup, sandwiches and a bbq were available for lunch and tea and cakes were on offer in the afternoon.

Arthur Brice opened the show and chose the 'Best in Show' - the XXL Pumpkin.

Profits from the show will be donated to help support the WoT Village Hall.

Many thanks go to the supporters of the show, the local businesses who's adverts and raffle prizes are so welcome and all the helpers on the day.  You all make this day so successful.




2015 - 36th Westbury on Trym Village Show - Best of British

 

The theme for the 36th show was Best of British.

The show theme was reflected throughout the day with Morris Dancing, a Brass Band and Cream teas on sale.

The themed classes, once again, proved popular with a record number of entries, particularly for the Victoria Sandwich.

 

Jean Calway BEM opened the show and chose the 'Best in Show' - a lovely robin.

The weather was kind to us and the rain held off.

Many thanks to all our supporters and donations to the raffle.

Once again we were able to donate £1,500 to support the Village Hall.

 
 

 

2014 - 35th Westbury on Trym Village Show - Coral

 

 The theme for the 35th Show was Coral.

The Show had a very nautical feel about, opened  by Pirate Pete, entertainment by the Barnacle Buoys singing sea shanties, the local Sea Cadets dancing the Horn Pipe and Candy Floss and Ice cream on sale.

Many of the Coral themed classes proved popular this year and the Wet! Wet! Wet! photography class in particular caught everyones imagination and we had a huge number of entries. 

Pirate Pete chose the Best in Show - a lovely seaside themed Cushion Cover.

After a wet start the weather turned fine and we had a great turnout to view the winners of the competitions, watch the entertainment or eat a cream tea.

2 new Trophies were presented by SusWot and our own Chairman walked away with the Needlework and Handicraft Cup.

Once again we were able to donate £1,500 to the Village Hall Funds.

 

 
 

2013 - 34th Westbury on Trym Village Show - Urban Wildlife

 

 

We changed the name of the show from the Flower Show to the Village Show this year to better reflect the breadth of the event.

The theme for the 34th Show was Urban Wildlife

The show was opened by the Mike Dilger, the wildlife expert from the One Show.  Not only did Mike open the show but he gave a very interesting talk, stayed to sign books and handed out the trophies to the winners at the end of the day.


Mike Dilger chose one of the Children's pieces of Art and Craft as the 'Best in Show'.  The Frog was made completely from Vegetables.  In keeping with the Urban Wildlife theme.

Yet another lovely day and Village event.  We were pleased to be able to donate £1,500 to the Village hall funds.
 

 

2012 - 33rd Westbury on Trym Flower Show - Olympics


 

We had an Olympian theme to the show. 

Local running Olympian Nick Rose opened the show.  He was accompanied by Cerys, Olympic torch bearer from our local Free School,  It as interesting to see the torch close up. 

The grass areas around the hall had TaeKwando, Hula Hooping and Juggling taking place. 

New catering arrangements saw 120 hot dogs consumed - thanks to Richard Jones for helping us out.  Due to difficulties with help in the kitchen we offered ploughman's lunches rather than hot food but with glorious weather it was well received. 

Many smaller gifts donated by the local businesses or individuals were used this year in a tombola and that was very popular with the children.

 

 

Nick Rose chose a piece of Art as the 'Best in Show'.  The picture showed a medal ceremony with the  stadium in the background.  In keeping with the Olympic theme, for 2012 only, we made Gold rosettes for all the first prize winners

It was  a wonderful day and a true Village event.  We were pleased to be able to donate £1,500 to the Village hall funds.
 


2011 - 32nd Westbury-on-Trym Flower Show - Upcycling

 
The theme for the 32nd show was Upcycling.  Some of our Classes were aimed at upcyclers.  Upcycling is the process of converting waste materials or useless products into new materials or products.
The show was be opened by Barry Lewis, a talented eco-scupltor and even the entertainment followed the theme as a steel band to performed in the grounds during the afternoon.

2010 - 31st Westbury-on-Trym Flower Show - Bees


The 31st show, on the 11th September 2010 at the Village hall was a "hive of activity" as 150 people entered 500 exhibits. You could admire their skill and expertise, see curly horned sheep, be amazed by card tricks, listen to the band and try out a hand massage. There were refreshments to buy, woolly hats, raffle tickets, cards, costume jewellery, plants or the chance to commission a painting. Some checked out their blood pressure, watched a flower arranging demonstration, gazed at the bees and more. As ever, it was a lively and wonderful community event. The show handed a cheque for £1,500 to the Village Hall Committee

See the 2010 Gallery for pictures of the day.

The show was opened by Nick Wray of Bristol Botanic Gardens who chose the large pumpkin as the "Best in Show".

 

 

2009 - 30th Westbury-on-Trym Flower Show - Wallace & Gromit

Our 30th anniversary show was a great success, donating a fantastic £2,000 to the Village Hall.  The theme that year was Wallace and Gromit.  The lambs from Lawrence Western Community Farm proved to be particularly popular  with the local children.

Earlier History

We are happy to receive any information you might have on the history of the WoT Flower Show.  Just use the Contact Us page to email through your information.

Where did the Cups come From?

The chairman has researched the history of the cups and what we know so far is below.  If you have any further details please email it through using the email address on the Contact Us page.

The Patrick Smith Trophy: Patrick Smith was a Flower Show committee member and part of the WOT Garden and Allotment Association.

Dave Preston Cup: Dave Preston was Flower Show chairman and allotment man.

Trustee Savings Bank Trophy: This bank is now what we know as Lloyds bank.  The manager's wife of the Trustee Savings Bank was a keen flower arranger.

Courage Cup: A very old cup presumably from the Courage Brewery.

Park Gardens Nurseries Cup: The manager of the nursery was a friend of Dave Preston.  The nursery is now called Almondsbury Garden Centre.

The Trappings Trophy: This trophy was donated by Jo Buchan owner of Trappings gift shop 10, Canford Lane 2000-2007.  Jenny Cooper, one of her assistants, is the wife of Malcolm, who was a Flower Show committee member and chairman for one year.

The Saywell Veale Cup: Saywell Veale was a firm of estate agents that traded in the village and became the Halifax when Mr Veale retired.

The Eastfield Playgroup Trophy: The Eastfield Playgroup operated in the Village Hall for a number of years.  It was originally run by Joan Slinger and then by Jenny Jeynes.

The Phillipe Junior Challenge Trophy: Phillipe's was a ladies hairdresser's now known as Elizabeth Charles.

The Nancy Perry Cup: Nancy Perry was a bedrock of the Flower Show for years and sadly passed away in 2013.  This cup was first presented in 2013.

The SusWot Bowl: Donated by Sustainable Westbury on Trym and first presented in 2013. Awarded for the best Plant or Produce grown from SusWot seeds.

The SusWot Trophy: Donated by Sustainable Westbury on Trym and first presented in 2014.  Awarded for the best plant or produce from a new gardener.

The SusWot Bowl: Donated by Sustainable Westbury on Trym and first presented in 2014. Awarded for the best vegetarian dish.

The John Whitson Trophy: Donated by Red Maid's School and first presented in 2013.

The Gymn James Trophie:  Donated by Esme James and first presented in 2015.  Awarded for the biggest and best grown onion.

How to Get Involved

The committee is always looking for volunteers to help on the day and throughout the year.  We also welcome suggestions and ideas as to how to improve the show.

You can email us - see the Contact Page.

The committee meets monthly throughout the year.

 

Updated by the webmaster 14 September 2016