It now seems ages ago..... but what a fantastic show our village put on last Sunday.
The organising committee (Adam Lazaruk, Andy Yorke, Fred Crawford, John Howard, Paula & Martin Johnson) will shortly be holding its review meeting. We’re still counting up the final figures, but it looks as though we’ll be looking at a total profit of just under £8k, compared to £6.6k last year and £4.1k in 2017. As announced to all those attending, all funds raised will be invested in Junior Cricket and improved facilities at the club
We estimate that 350 vehicles attended the event and all the key areas of the activities organised by ‘Team Chearsley’ showed a significantly improved result, in particular the bar, barbecue and raffle.
Our efforts were warmly praised by many visitors on the day and here’s some of the feedback we received on the show website.
“I felt I had to put in writing how much I enjoyed the Chearsley show on Sunday. I have attended several car shows during the year and yours was by far the most enjoyable of them all. A lovely environment and atmosphere all round. Congratulations - see you next year.”
“Thanks for a great day. As I told you yesterday your team were first class as were facilities and entertainment. These are not just my views but also the views and comments of many others from the car fraternity. I will definitely put the date into next year’s calendar and hope to get an invitation.”
“Just wanted to say what a great event it was.I was so impressed, especially as I have not been before and the fact that I only did a "classic car show" Google search on the Friday morning, filled in the form online and received a response on Saturday! So we turned up, so warmly welcomed, guided to a parking spot and just had a wonderful relaxing day.We thought all of the staff were so nice and welcoming, well done to you all.”
“A brief note to commend you and your team for a most successful day. You may be aware that I take my MG TF to quite a few events during the year, rarely have I encountered such an efficient, friendly, well organised event crew of volunteers; all of them so obviously united in a village effort to raise funds for the community project. In addition, you gathered a large crowd of interesting and interested visitors, whose enthusiasm for the cars made our attendance all the more worthwhile. The impressive, ‘personal’ fly over made the day unique and memorable. Well done Chearsley!”
....and who could possibly forget the excitement of our Spitfire flypast on the anniversary of the Battle of Britain in September 1940.
In memory of yet another World War Two major battle - this year is the 75th anniversary of D-Day - the 'Fred Crawford Best in Show Cup' was awarded to Lionel Walker, the owner of a 1944 US Army Jeep. Lionel purchased the jeep in Normandy 20 years ago and restored it to the wonderful condition in which it is today.
Back to the present, a word of appreciation for Chearsley’s new ‘Eco Warrior', 9 year old Bella Wall-Morris. Not only did Bella run an ‘Eco Bella’ stall but she addressed all the visitors at the show over the PA system with a couple of her tips for greener living – only use the car when you have to - ‘get on your bike’ more often - and let's build more ‘Eco Bricks’ from recycled plastic.
A sincere thanks to all our volunteers, who did such a wonderful job again this year and, as ever, we’d welcome feedback from visitors and volunteers alike, good or bad, as we’re determined to get better and better each year.