THERE was certainly fantastic community spirit in Friezland as locals came together for their second village Show.
After a hugely successful debut last year, the Community Show was back on the calendar this September, organised by the church committee.
Locals of all ages showed off their skills and imagination in a range of competitions including baking cakes, growing fruit, vegetables or plants, photography, poetry, painting, sculpture, knitting, crochet, needlework and model making.
Rosettes were awarded for first, second and third places in each class, as well as commended and highly commended certificates in larger classes.
At the end of the day entries were auctioned off for charity, with funds going towards church repairs, unless otherwise specified.
There was also a host of games and activities to entertain the whole family, including Bonneville Bob’s 60s Disco, classic cars and bikes, games, a barbeque and more.
And brand new for this year was a ‘Fun Run’, which saw all ages take on the short 2k race starting at Well-i-Hole Farm.
pictures by Carl Royle
Peter Whalley, Friezland Lay Minister and one of the event organisers, said: “We had a really good Community Show.
“It did rain but only late on in the day and it didn’t keep all the crowds away.
“The only disappointment was the age group 12 to 16 was poorly supported. If anyone can help us to make contact with this age group I would love to hear from them!
“Congratulations to everyone who won a rosette and indeed to everyone who entered the show.
“We held our first Fun Run this time. The course was challenging, but the winner finished in less than 12 minutes! Thank you to Well-i-Hole Farm for the use of the field.
“Many thanks to everyone who helped organise the show and all those who turned out and helped on the day, particularly judges, and those who laboured in the kitchen.
“Also, we must thank the Saddleworth Woman’s Institute, Greenfield and Grasscroft Residents Association, Men in Sheds and the British Motorcycle Preservation Society for their fantastic support.”
Peter added: “What I would love to do is make the event a truly community effort so I am looking for people from other community groups in Saddleworth and Mossley to join the organising committee.
“The plan is to start regular meetings in March 2018 so if anyone is interested in joining us call me on 01457 835764.”