Thursday, 20 October 2011

Monday, 17 October 2011

Alwinton Show elsewhere on the Web

It appears others have enjoyed Alwinton Show this year: for example on theAll Stitched Up Blog there are lovely pictures of the day. And the experiences of the sheep dog trial in Zoe Howe's holiday blog. There is also a report from the wrestling competitions on the Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling Association website. Lastly there is a video on You Tube from the 146th Show here.

Sunday, 16 October 2011

Fell Race Results

For those of you interested the Fell Race Results are available on the Northumberland Fell Runners website, or click here for the link. Well done to everyone who took park.

Saturday, 8 October 2011

Photos of the 146th Alwinton Show 8-10-2011

Thank you to everyone who attended the 146th Alwinton Show, despite the damp weather. Also a big thank you to everyone who works hard to make the event a success. Some photographs of today's event can be seen below if you have a browser that allows flash. Or click here

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Daft as a Brush

This year Alwinton Show is being supported by local cancer charity Daft as a Brush. Read about the link via the article in the journal here.

Message from the Chairman

Welcome to our 146th Alwinton Border Shepherds Show.

Last year’s Show attendance was down from 2009 but still well attended and we had a good Show with no parking problems as we did in 2009. We now have a Traffic Management Company in place as well as Committee members and helpers to help parking and to keep the traffic flowing.

I would like to thank all our Sponsors – your help is greatly appreciated. Our main sponsor this year is ‘Daft as a Brush’, which is a cancer patient care charity. They have helped us with our Schedule and advertising, but their main sponsorship is for the ‘Daft as a Brush’ Fell Race. This charity provides cancer patients transport to and from the hospital; their representatives and vehicles will be on the Show field. Please go along and have a chat as they are actively looking for volunteer drivers to take patients from their homes to the hospital and back again. What a tremendous thing to do – once again thank you for supporting our Show. I hope your publicity and presence at Alwinton will give you some positive feedback and help your very worthwhile charity.

This year we have more events in our Main Ring – there will be a programme of events in this catalogue – so have a look and try not to miss out on what you want to see. As always Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling is taking place in the Main Ring.

There is the return of the Confined Dog Show for terriers as well as the Pet Dog Show. There is a separate Confined Dog Ring this year – thank you for supporting this part of our Show. Our Presidents Stick this year is going to Classes 51 to 93 in the Horticultural and Flower Classes. Good luck to everyone exhibiting at the Show today and thank you for entering.

Alwinton Show Hut is well past it’s sell by date and is currently out of bounds. The Catering will be alongside the Beer Tent marquee this year. We have planning permission for a new Show Hut and depending on finances and sponsorship; we hope to have a new hut up and going for 2012.

Just after last year’s Show we had some untimely deaths of our Committee Members.

  • Libby Dixon, who was our previous Show Secretary, was involved with the Show for many years and make sure we got everything done on time – for many years Libby was ‘Alwinton Show’.
  • James Singer - who helped look after the Show field Trade stands, as well as many other jobs, helping with whatever needed doing. James was a great utility man to have on our side.
  • Geordie and Jock Hall - who were cousins, died within a day of each other. Geordie was 94 and spent his entire life in Coquetdale living at many farms up the valley. Geordie and his family actually lived in what is the Show hut on the field during the Second World War. This was at the barrier just up the road and later it was moved down to the Show field. Geordie had great dry stone waller and fencer skills which he has passed onto his Son and Grandsons. 
  • Jock was also a Coquet man who was born in 1916 and his skills were very much to the fore in the sheep world. Blessed with being a great clipper of the woolly beasts and with husbandry skills which were greatly sought after. He was also World Champion on several occasions at Cumberland and Westmorland Wrestling. 


Our thoughts are with these families, some of whom are still very much involved with the Show. So thank you for coming to support Alwinton Border Shepherds Show, let’s hope we have a good day’s weather and I hope you enjoy yourselves.

Jimmy Hall, Chairman

General Information for the 146th Alwinton Show

The 2011 Alwinton Show is being held on 8th October.

The show field is open for exhibiters from 8.30am and open to the general public from 10.30am.

The cost for admission to the 146th Alwinton Show is £6 for adults, £5 for O.A.Ps, £2 for children and under 5s go free. Catalogues cost £1 to buy.

There are several car parks available. Parking on the show field is charged at £2, and the other car parks are free.

Events at the 146th Alwinton Show are free to enter. If you have late entries for the exhibit tent please speak to a committee member. Entries for the wrestling are taken at the sports tent, entrants should wear proper kit. Entries for the 2011 'Daft as a Brush' Fell Race will be taken at the 'Daft as a Brush' tent beside the Craft Tent.

The 146th Alwinton Show Programme

The 146th Alwinton Show will be on Saturday 8th October in the usual position at Alwinton.

The programme for the day has been finalised. It is below. Although please note events can overrun and this may effect timings.

8.30 A.M. START OF SHEEP DOG TRIAL

11.00 A.M. JUDGING IN MARQUEES and SHEEP JUDGING

11.30 A.M. FALCON DISPLAY IN SPORTS RING (sponsored by Rose and Thistle Inn)

11.30 A.M. JUDGING OF OPEN DOG SHOW IN ANIMAL RING

12.00 P.M. PIPE BAND DISPLAY IN SPORTS RING

12.00 P.M. JUDGING OF TERRIERS IN ANIMAL RING

12.15 P.M. (Approx.) MARQUEES OPEN TO PUBLIC

12.30 A.M. DOG AND DUCKS DISPLAY IN SPORTS RING (sponsored by Westmorland Sheepskins)

1.00 P.M. 'DAFT AS A BRUSH' CHILDREN’S FELL RACE

1.00 P.M. START OF CUMBERLAND & WESTMORLAND WRESTLING IN SPORTS RING

1.30 P.M. START OF OLD HOUND TRAIL

1.45 P.M. 'DAFT AS A BRUSH' ADULT’S FELL RACE

1.45 P.M.  JUDGING OF COLLIES AT SHEEP DOG TRIAL

2.45 P.M. START OF PUPPY TRAIL

2.45 P.M PIPE BAND DISPLAY IN FRONT OF BLACK HUT

3.00 P.M. TERRIER RACING, FOLLOWED BY BEAGLES

3.00 P.M. FALCON DISPLAY (following the terrier racing)

3.15 P.M. START OF GRADED TRAIL

3.15 P.M. FELL RACE PRIZE GIVING AT 'DAFT AS A BRUSH' STAND

4.30 P.M. EXHIBIT MARQUEES LIFTING TIME

You can download the full schedule for the 146th Alwinton Show here