After a year’s break, the Coates Village Show took place on July 13 and was a great success, raising around £450 for the church.
And later in the day, a very surprised villager was awarded the ‘Citizen of the Year’ award.
The organisers of the Coates Village Show, disappointed at having to cancel last year’s show, were determined to make this year’s event a success. Many hours of hard work in promoting, planning and organising took place in the months preceding the show.
Nearly 150 items were entered into the competition, and the judges remarked on the skill, patience and effort that had gone into preparing the wide range of items. Points were awarded and totals calculated to find the winning entrant in each class, and the overall winner for the day.
The weather was glorious all day, and in the afternoon the church and grounds were full of people who had come to see the entries, try their luck on the assortment of games, or bring their children to see Dave the Clown. Everyone was in good spirits, and a real community atmosphere was felt by all.
At the end of the day, the category winners were announced and trophies and shields awarded. The overall Show winner for 2013 was a close competition, with last year’s winner coming a very close second. The overall Coates Village Show winner for 2013 was Mr Peter Sennett.
The last formality of the day was to announce the Coates Citizen of the Year 2013 – Mr Colin Dale. There were many nominations, and only one vote between first and second place.
Some of the reasons people gave for voting for Mr Dale were “Such a kind and helpful person and a good friend to everyone”, “...does so much for the church and community”, “Always willing to help. I just phone him and he is here”, “a person who helps others with no expectations of reward” and “He is our village treasure”.
The Coates Village Show committee would like to thank all who helped, entered, or came along to support this year’s show, and we are already thinking about next year’s event.