Sheep sculpture takes honours at village show

Date: Friday 25th September 2020
Julie Inkersole, winner of best in show, with her wire sheep and lamb.
Julie Inkersole, winner of best in show, with her wire sheep and lamb.

ASKHAM and Helton show was held this month with best in show honours being awarded to a wire sculpture of a sheep and lamb named “Wooliam and Jumper”.

The show went ahead earlier this month outside in the swimming pool ground, with a café for those sheltering from the rain.

Organisers said this was the first community event for a long time in Askham and people saw neighbours who they had not seen in months. It had been wonderful to see people, share stories and for families to meet up and look at the exhibits.

The swimming pool was an excellent location enabling organisers to spread out the tables to ensure the show complied with social distancing and many hands helped with setting up tables, gazebos and bunting outside. Exhibitors came and displayed their wonderful work of all shapes and sizes. Photos, flowers, chocolate cakes, and vegetables of all shapes and sizes were among the items on show.

The handicraft section was of a very high standard, and included beautiful, intricate knitted items with which the judge was very impressed.

The children’s section brought smiles to everyone’s faces, the vegetable characters by Will and Harper Jackson especially, and some children entered a large number of exhibits across the whole show.

The results for winning sections were: Flowers — Helen Dunham. Baking — Joanne Das with a delicately decorated chocolate cake. Vegetables and fruit — Val and Tony Corbett. Handicraft — Julie Inkersole. Photographs — Linda Collison with her selfie on VE Day. Young people — Olivia Das who created many wonderful entries winning with a weaving creation. Best in show was a stunning wire sculpture of a sheep and lamb called Wooliam and Jumper by Julie Inkersole.

Organisers thanked everyone who made the show happen and the judges for their time and expertise.