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The UK national stickmaking championship is coming to Coventry and Warwickshire for the first time.
The Kenilworth Show - one of the region’s biggest agricultural events - is to host one leg of the competition at this year’s show at Stoneleigh Park on Saturday, June 10.
It will mark the second year of stickmaking at the show, which saw over 100 sticks entered into the 2016 competition.
Stick-making is a traditional country craft, in which stickmakers refine and carve sticks - traditionally made from sheep’s horn – into their own creations.
There are 33 stickmaking competitions across the UK each year and it is estimated 8,000 people regularly make sticks in the UK.
Breaking away from championship conventions, there will be a competition for U12s, which is not usually part of the national championships.
Ian Moore is the secretary of the British Stickmakers Guild and lead organiser for the Kenilworth Show event and he hopes that the competition will encourage younger people to take up the traditional craft.
He said: “We had a lot of local entrants last year and hopefully we’ll get people participating from a wider geographical area this year considering it is part of the national competition.
“Hopefully we can make it interesting for people, add to the show and broaden the interest in stickmaking in general.
“I hope the show is a success, but not only for stickmaking but for the whole community. As a local person I very much support it.”
The British Stickmakers Guild has more than 2,000 members, including members from Australia, New Zealand, Tazmania and Canada.
Heads of the sticks usually resemble British countryside birds and mammals – including kingfishers, grouse and hares.
Judges will select the winning sticks in the 14 different classes at the Kenilworth Show, including two novice classes for people who have never entered a competition before.
Organisers are also planning to hold a demonstration of stickmaking on the day.
Charlie Weetman, director of the Kenilworth Show, said: “We’re delighted that Ian is bringing back stickmaking to this year’s show – showcasing the very traditional craft.
“Last year the interest in the stickmaking was fantastic, we hope that with the national element this year it will attract even more stickmakers from around the country.”
Open to all, Kenilworth Show are holding thier 2nd Annual competition for gardeners to show off their fruit and vegetables. To be held at Leek Wootton Village Hall on 17th September 2017. for further details click Here
Congratulations to Finahm Primary School for winning the Schools Garden Competition for the fourth year running.
Talented pupils from a school in Coventry have scooped first place in a green-fingered contest for the fourth year in a row.
This year’s Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society’s (KADAS) annual Schools Gardens Competition attracted entries from across the surrounding district.
The society’s panel of judges hailed Finham Primary School, in Green Lane, as the winner for its community garden which features everything from hanging baskets and floral displays to a vegetable patch and wildlife boxes.
It is the fourth year that the school has won the accolade, and to mark the occasion KADAS created a special award in recognition of the children’s hard work and dedication which was presented at a tea party at the school.
Mandy Wilding, assistant head teacher at Finham Primary School, said: “It is wonderful to win the contest four years in a row and that all of the children’s hard work has been recognised by the judges.
“We really value outdoor education and it is an important part of our curriculum. We have a gardening group led by Mrs Hollis and our forest schools teacher Mrs Schofield also does a lot of outdoor activities with the children.
“We grow plants and vegetables, keep chickens and bees, have wildlife boxes such as a bug hotel and hedgehog homes, pick litter, hold pond dipping activities and also hold an annual hanging basket competition.
“Throughout this we allow the children to be creative while teaching them about the environment, recycling and safety.
“Our garden is not something static that we just maintain, it is forever changing all year round and we are always creating something new.
“We are very lucky to have so much garden space and winning a special award from the Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society was a very nice way to finish off the year.
“We will be putting our prize of £75 worth of garden vouchers straight back into our garden.”
Joint runners-up in the competition were St Nicholas C of E Primary School, in Kenilworth, and Our Lady and St Teresa's Catholic Primary School, in Cubbington, while third place went to Thorns Infant School, in Kenilworth.
Cynthia Mold, from KADAS and a member of the judging panel, said: “We were very impressed by the standard of entries into this year’s competition.
“The Schools Gardens Competition is a fantastic way of helping children learn and understand how things grow while having fun at the same time.
“Each school’s entry was completely different, and it was fascinating to see all of the gardens.
“Finham Primary School has created a wonderful, colourful garden which not only included plants, but also vegetables, bees and chickens – there is a real variety of elements to it.
“All of the pupils and staff always demonstrate so much enthusiasm and it was excellent to present the school with a special award to celebrate its pupils winning four years in a row.”
More than 15,000 people from across the country are expected to flock to the Kenilworth Show on Saturday, June 4.
The traditional country show has grown in popularity in recent years and has led to organisers Kenilworth and District Agricultural Society (KADAS) expanding the programme of entertainment on the showgrounds opposite Stoneleigh Park.
The show’s countryside area has been extended, and will feature clay shooting for people all abilities, along with air rifle shooting, archery, charity dog show, gun dog scurry competitions open to the public.
A new charity dog show is also being held for the first time. Seven classes are available to enter - cutest puppy (under 12 months), best oldie, (seven years and over), bet child handling (ten and under), most like owner, best six legs (owner included!), best cross breed, and the dog the judge would like to take home.
Entries cost just £1 per dog per class, with proceeds to be donated to charitable causes. The competitions start from 2pm at the countryside area.
A full programme of entertainment also includes the launch of a new education area for children and adults, motorcycle stunt displays from the Bold Dog Lings, vintage and modern machinery, a grand parade of livestock, classic cars and much more.
Dozens of trade stands, food and drinks outlets and children’s amusements will also be returning for the 73rd annual show.
Kenilworth Town Council are sponsoring a free bus service to the showgrounds which will be operating from Kenilworth Clock Tower from 9.30am with the last bus returning at 5.30pm.
Charlie Weetman, Kenilworth Show director, said: “We’re delighted to have built a really strong following in recent years, and indeed 2015 saw us attract one of the biggest attendances we’ve had for many years.
“Providing the public with a really good mix of entertainment and attractions to present agriculture in a positive way is hugely important to us.
“We’ve added new features for this year, such as the education area for children and adults, and have extended popular elements of the show, like the countryside area and added a new charity dog show.
“We’re proud to be recognised as one of the top agricultural shows in the country and look forward to putting on a great day for the family on June 4.
“Our thanks go to Kenilworth Town Council for helping us to provide a free bus service on the day, and likewise our main sponsor Rix Petroleum and all our supporters as without them the Kenilworth Show wouldn’t be what it is today.”
Advance tickets cost £10 are available from the website or from Kenilworth Library. Children under 16 enter for free and dogs are welcome.
A new charity dog show is being held at the Kenilworth Show for the first time!
Seven classes are available to enter - cutest puppy (under 12 months), best oldie, (seven years and over), bet child handling (ten and under), most like owner, best six legs (owner included!), best cross breed, and the dog the judge would like to take home.
Entries cost just £1 per dog per class, with proceeds to be donated to charitable causes.
The competitions start from 2pm at the countryside area of the Kenilworth Show.
For further details, clck here