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Build a scare crow competition launches

Today we are launching the first ever Messingham Show build a scare crow competition. This is an effort to mix family fun and community involvement with the Show.

The competition is calling on the families and groups in Messingham to get making all kinds of scarecrows in the run up to the Show on 3 June,

Gerrard Parkes, a resident from Messingham came up with the idea for a competition. It has already received welcome backing from the Parish Council and Messingham Primary School.

Gerrard said: “The scarecrow idea was developed from the Kettlewell Scarecrow festival – where the whole village are encouraged to enter a scarecrow making competition.

“We want the residents of Messingham to use a bit of imagination and have some family fun building scare crows. To then place them in their gardens with an arrow pointing in the direction of the Show. I hope to see scarecrows popping up all over the place and using some fantastic ideas.

“For the competition on 3 June we’ll be holding a public vote to pick the winners.”

If you fancy getting involved and building a scarecrow, please fill in the online application form and email a photo of your scarecrow to Messingham Show by 31 May. Please also check our Facebook page for regular updates.

Links for how to build a scarecrow:

How to make a scarecrow without involving any money or actual skill

Learn how to build a scarecrow

Make a Scarecrow

 

 

Six things you need to know about Messingham Show

Messingham Show’s survival each year is down to a small group of volunteers. We’re often asked questions about the changes being made to the Show and what’s behind these decisions. Here’s six things you need to know about some of these.

1) Who organises the Show?

Each year unpaid volunteers acting as the Show committee and show day volunteers organise and put on the Show. No one is paid and everyone gives up their time and effort free of charge.

Unfortunately, the Show committee is ageing and there are less and less members each year to set up the show. If the Show committee loses more members the show may be at risk.

Why not consider being a volunteer?

2) What does the Show do with the money it generates?

The Show is run on a not-for-profit basis. Every penny earned from the public via gate receipts, trade pitch rental, as well as donations and sponsorship, is put into paying for the Show and to act as a ‘kick start’ for the Show next time.

If we’re lucky with any surplus, it’s put into the bank to act as a wet weather contingency. Two wet shows in succession and resultant low gate receipts may put an end to the Show. No committee member or volunteer makes any financial gain from Show.

3) Who owns Holme Meadow where the Show is held?

The show ground is owned and maintained by Messingham Parish Council, who kindly allow the show to be held each year. There is no charge made by the Parish Council but the Show is responsible for making good any damage caused.

The Wednesday before the show Messingham Show have access to the show ground. Everything has to be put in place to make the show happen. Like marking out the show ground for rings and traders, laying water and electricity supplies, erecting marques, putting up safety fencing, putting in toilets and bins etc.

4) In 2018, why is there a £2 car parking charge?

Unfortunately, the field adjacent to the show ground is no longer available to the Show for public car parking, as the owner is putting in ponds. Because of this the show ground layout has been compressed to allow for limited car parking. Due to a lack of show day volunteers on our behalf, the Show will have to pay for a security company to manage the public car parking. The £2 charge will pay for the paid help.

5) Why have Horse Showing Classes and Driving Classes been cancelled?

Because of increased insurance and health and safety requirements imposed on the Show, the committee had to review and change the show ground layout. Two main reasons made this necessary; firstly the public ignoring safety signs / barriers and walking into horse restricted areas and secondly a loose horse escaping from its handler / rider.

It was not physically possible to create separate public areas from horse only areas without a new layout being implemented. To create a free-flowing open public show ground, the committee made difficult decisions based upon what could safely fit into Holme Meadow.

It was not physically possible to fit in four show rings and so reluctantly some horse classes had to be cancelled. This has since been compound by the loss of the adjacent car parking field and the need to compress the show ground layout further.

6) What does my £6 / £3 entry fee give me?

Once you have paid and entered the Show you have all day access to the show ground, to come and go as you please:Free displays and entertainment in Ring three.

  • Free viewing of British Show Jumping, Unaffiliated Show Jumping and Gymkhana Games.
  • Free entry to the grandstand throughout show day.
  • Free face painting.
  • Free clown / magician in the ‘kids zone.’
  • The knowledge that your entry fee will help put on future shows.

Watch extreme bike stunt stars perform at Messingham Show

Extreme bike stunt team 3SIXTY will dazzle crowds at this year’s show with the most mind boggling tricks you’ve ever seen.

The team have enthralled audiences around the world for over a decade. Team riders have broken 11 official Guinness world records ensuring that every show has an unbeatable level of skill on display.

3SIXTY founder Ian Drummond said: “3SIXTY showcase the sport of bike trials which involves riding over obstacles without any outside aids, no ramps, no suspension, our feet aren’t stuck to the pedals or anything like that, it’s all about balance and control.”

There are six riders who work all year around wherever the events are. At weekdays in schools and youth clubs, motivating pupils to take up cycling and teaching bike skills. In the summer they spend most weekends performing at village festivals and galas.

On Sunday 3 June 3SIXTY will perform four shows at 10am, 11.30am, 1pm and 4.15pm in the John England display ring.

Ian added: “We’re constantly terrified! You have to be very composed when riding, not aggressive and unsteady, we started out practising on curbs and low walls then we slowly moved on to bigger obstacles. After many hours of practice we were able to perform displays with our skills.”

Messingham Show 3 June 2018 – Show layout

A new layout was introduced in 2017 to ensure the safe separation of horses from the public and the Show Committee suspended some horse classes to test this.

Evaluation of the new layout showed it was fit for purpose and welcomed by competitors, officials, traders and the public. Our insurers and health and safety officer were pleased and we are now able to build the show for the future.

The 2018 show will only include show jumping, gymkhana and mounted fancy dress.

The Show Committee has regrettably decided to cancel other horse classes because the private field used for car parking is no longer available.  A compressed show layout will allow up to 400 cars to be parked on the showground.

The Parish Council own Holme Meadow and have given permission for a third gate to allow showground parking. A shortage of volunteers means we have to hire a company to manage parking resulting in a £2 car parking charge to contribute towards the costs. North Lincolnshire Council will again suspend car parking on Holme Lane.

In response to feedback FREE activities on 3 June include face painting, magician / clown, punch and judy, four stunt cycle shows and grandstand entry.

 

Major sponsorship boost for Messingham Show

Scunthorpe based Johnstone Insurance have provided Messingham Show with a major sponsorship boost.

The 112th Show on Sunday 4 June will feature Johnstone Insurance sponsor the British Show Jumping arena and grandstand.

 Messingham Show Chairman Trevor Foster said:

“After many years of running Messingham Show we’re delighted Johnstone Insurance has signed up to be our first ever sponsor of the British Show Jumping Arena and grandstand. A local business, committed to the community is a good fit and I hope marks the start of us working together. Sponsorship income is vital to help cover the Show’s running costs and will make a massive difference. As we try to move with the times, it signals a turning point about making the Show more sustainable and widening its appeal for years to come. I would like to welcome Johnstone Insurance on board and wish them every success with their involvement.”

Johnstone Insurance, managing director Chris Harper said:

“Around the area Messingham Show is one of the longest standing events and has a good reputation. For many years there’s been a fantastic effort by volunteers to put on a show. Set up in 1983, Johnstone Insurance is the only locally owned independent insurance broker in Scunthorpe. We’re a local business dealing with local people and really happy to have this opportunity to support a local show. We strongly believe in our business community and advocate dealing locally whenever we can. So it’s fitting we should be involved in some form. Providing sponsorship is a way of putting something back into the local community.”

(Photo left Trevor Foster with Chris Harper).

Save the date: Messingham Show Sunday 4 June 2017

Messingham Show is back on Sunday 4 June 2017. 

This year’s 112th Show sees the return of the successful Lamb National sheep racing.

And we have a brand-new layout to cater for the growing visitors of up to 7,000 people. We’re hoping just like last year thousands of people can enjoy ‘fun in the sun’.

For safety reasons to ensure separation of horses from those visiting the show, a new layout has been created. We’ve also a dedicated ring to provide more opportunities for displays from local groups.

The horse parts include British show jumping, gymkhana games and mounted fancy dress featured in our Show schedule. All of which can be viewed from a free to enter grandstand, introduced last year.

Other attractions include family fun fairs, inflatables, food court, picnic area, beer tent, Punch and Judy, and craft tent. Live music is provided by the Barnetby Silver Band and Ancholme River Jazz Band. There will be a wide variety of trade stands for visitors to enjoy. Plus also Humberside’s rescue services, classic cars and vehicles from the armed forces.

Like previous years FREE public parking will be available in the adjacent field.

We’re introducing a family ticket for two adults and up to three children costing £15 – saving up to £3. This year’s show entry will increase by £1- with £6 for adults and £3 for school children / concessions.

The Show admission has been frozen for the last three years and it needs to rise to recover the Show’s costs of up to £20,000 plus.

Messingham Show secretary Stephen Coulman said:

“Last year’s Show was one of the best ever attended. My highlight was watching the Lamb National and children getting involved in the event. It’s a great family day out with plenty of things to keep everyone entertained.

“For safety reasons because of its growing popularity we’ve decided to make some changes to the layout. This means we’ll have less show jumping and horse displays than previously. We know this is a disappointment to those who come year after year but we’ll review the new layout and if it works, we’ll look at re-instating the horse element next year.

“We have to strike a balance between our priority public safety and more activities to meet the growing visitor needs. I’m excited and looking forward to welcoming everyone on the 4 June and hoping for another fun day in the sun!”

Meet the Messingham Show organisers on 18 March

Meet the Messingham Show organisers and give your support on Saturday 18 March 2pm – 4pm in the village hall.

At last year’s Messingham Show thousands of people enjoyed ‘fun in the sun

This year’s 112th Show promises to be just as good with the return of the successful Lamb National sheep racing.

The Messingham Show organisers called the Show Committee is made up of enthusiastic and dedicated volunteers, who make the event happen every year. One of our biggest challenges is running the show day itself. We’re always looking for additional volunteers to help ensure the smooth running of the day.

As you can imagine, looking after thousands of people having a good time in a safe setting is the Committee’s top priority.

To talk more about the Show’s history and plans for this year, we’re holding an open event on Saturday 18 March 2pm – 4pm in the village hall. We would welcome anyone to come along to talk about getting involved in the Show.

If you would be able to give some time freely on show day 4 June – say for a couple of hours, then if you can pop along to the event – we  would be pleased to see you.

 

Growing Messingham Show requires new layout

This year’s 112th Show will see a brand-new layout to accommodate the growing public attendance. We’ve ensured the safe separation of horses from the viewing public and put in place solid safety barriers.

You’ll see from the new layout the separation of vehicles, horses and people. We believe it will enhance the experience for all people attending the Show.

As a result of the new layout, we have regrettably this year postponed some horse classes. We will concentrate on British show jumping, gymkhana games and mounted fancy dress.   

It was a difficult decision to take because of the limited opportunity to test the revised layout. And to ensure health and safety remains a priority.

The postponement will allow the Show Committee to evaluate the new layout and determine whether it works. We hopefully can reinstate the postponed classes at future shows.

We appreciate this may be a disappointment to competitors of the postponed classes, but hope you can support this new approach. We’re planning to secure the Show’s future by making these changes.

A new ‘horse free’ dedicated display ring has been created due to popular demand. It will see the return of Lamb National sheep racing and accommodate local groups giving displays throughout the day.

Fun in the sun – 111th Messingham Show

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Thousands of people enjoyed fun in the sun at this year’s 111th Messingham Show.

The Show as ever focuses on horse events and show  jumping, but there was lots of other activities to entertain families and show goers. This year it included the Lamb National sheep racing display making its first appearance in Lincolnshire. MHFS 2016 AC PHONE IMG_20160605_112153Visiting the show ground there was plenty of activities to get involved in. From beating Scunny Bunny at penalties, hook a duck challenges, toy and craft stalls, Dowse fun fairs, a beer tent, Barnetby band, Ancholme River Jazz band, charity tents and Humberside’s finest rescue services and armed forces vehicles.

Another long-standing show attraction is one of the large collection of classic cars assembled and the support of local motor clubs, like Ford and VW.

Messingham Show Secretary, Stephen Coulman said:

“Huge crowds gathered on Sunday 5 June as to what looked like another record MHFS 2016 ACPHONE IMAG3240year. We were fortunate just like last year to have clear blue skies and wall to wall sunshine. Show goers and families turned out to have loads of fun in the sun. We absolutely loved the sheep racing display which was good humoured and great entertainment. It was also great to see the family Harsco sponsored grand stand put to good use providing a good view in the shade.

“As always the Committee are keen to hear feedback on the day and will be assessing how we can make improvements. Our Facebook and Twitter accounts are the best way to send us any comments about the show or email mhfs@gmail.comMHFS 2016 DSC_0204

“Finally, I would like to thank the Show Committee, Judges, Sponsors and Show day volunteers who all helped – all unsung heroes. With their continued support we are able to keep the Show tradition going into its 112th on 4 June 2017.”

 

 

 

 

*Photos: Baron Halpenny and Karen Tracey

 

Response to cancelling the Ruby Twirlstars

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5 June: Messingham Show response to cancelling the Ruby Twirlstars

We appreciate for many years the Messingham Show and Ruby Twirlstars have enjoyed a mutually enjoyable slot in the Show schedule. This year’s equine entries exceeded those we have ever had before.

Due to the number of horses entered into the classes the Show was running 90 minutes behind schedule. We tried to move the Ruby Twirlstars into an alternative show ring, but again due to the amount of entries this was not possible.

We then made the unwelcome decision to cancel the Ruby Twirlstars performance. The Show Secretary explained this in person to the Ruby Twirlstars children and parents. We understand this was disappointing for the children as they have worked hard to prepare for their performance.

Unfortunately, due to the strong sunshine and temperatures on the show ground some horses may potentially have found themselves dehydrated and over-heated. Horses cannot regulate their body temperatures as efficiently as humans and also horses often will not drink away from home. The decision to carry on running through with the horse classes was based on their welfare.

 

 

*Photos: Baron Halpenny and Karen Tracey

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