Messingham Show Committee is planning the following for 2021:

Village Scarecrow Competition in the month leading up to the show

The welcome return of Horse Showing Classes

The welcome return of Private Carriage Driving Classes

British Showjumping

Unaffiliated Showjumping and Gymkhana Games

Free to enter Grandstand

Family Fun Fair

Food Court and a wide variety of Trade Stands

A variety of displays and live performances

Women’s Institute Competitions

Free Face Painting and Kid’s Zone

Village Community Awards

Beer Tent

Ice Cream

Live Music Stage by the beer tent where you will be able to see local bands

Vintage and Classic Cars

Messingham Show Village Scarecrow Competition 2020

Messingham Show Committee decided to go ahead with the Messingham Village Scarecrow Competition that would have preceded the cancelled 2020 Messingham Show. Over the previous two years there had been many fantastic entries which presented a great local trail to follow – a trail many walked whilst taking their daily exercise whilst observing social distancing during the Covid-19 lockdown.

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Messingham Village Community Award Winners 2019

Congratulations to award winners Charlie Smith (young champion) and Gina Spacie (community champion) who received their trophies from Nic Dakin MP at the Messingham Show.

Nick Dakin MP hands Charlie his award

Individual winner: Charlie Smith

Charlie, who has Cerebral Palsy, won this inaugural Community Champion Young Person award for his hard work and amazing ‘can do’ attitude.

Charlie does a number of activities outside of school including swimming, gymnastics, martial arts and football, which is easy to see that he enjoys so much. His smiles say it all. You will never hear Charlie say he can’t do something and you will always see him doing his very best in everything he does. He’s an inspiration to us all, proving that we’ll face our own challenges in life, but only we can decide how we deal with them and that hard work pays off.

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Thank you sponsors for your support in 2018

We are delighted again Johnstone Insurance sponsored Messingham Show.

The Show Committee are also grateful to the large numbers of individuals and organisations for their generous contributions. Without these we would not be able to put on the Show.

LH Hydraulics £150Jim Crossman £100

Barbara Neal £20

H. Simpsons, Ashby Turn £100

John Coopers (UK) Ltd £100

Sally’s Sandwich Shop £50

Grange Park £100

Messingham Sands £100

A Wool lass £50

Mrs. S A Swab £100

Richard & Barbara Todd £100

Naylor’s Funeral Directors £150

Scunthorpe Bed Shop £500

DDM Agriculture £125

Miss W A Betts Jewellers £50

Thomas Bell £50

Mr J Hale £50

Mark Brunt £50

Sword Construction £100

Mr & Mrs Thompson-Matthews £25

The Classroom Messingham Lady’s Wear £50.00 Mr BE Barker £30

Sibelco £500

Mrs Gloria Spencer £20RGB Woollen £200

R Houghton £50

Mr. & Mrs. Coats £40

Mr Jim Westby £20

Atkinson £50

Jerry Gorman £150

The Horn Inn £100

AMS No Dig £200

S E Fisher £60

Richard Storey Kitchens £200

Messingham Car Care £50

Jack Tighes Scunthorpe Ltd £250

Edwards Gents Hairdressers £20

Mr. C Cole £50

Tombola Construction £100

Specialist Surfacing £150

Elson £60

P J Epson £75

Blacks Farm £100

Bolton Ltd £200

Martin Hornsby £150

Symes Baines Broomer £100

Show transport provided free of charge by Derrick Spavin and Mick Woombell.

Bells Waste Services for providing on-site waste containers and providing waste disposal free of charge.

Scunthorpe & District Pony Owners Club for providing stakes and tape free of charge.

Complete Office Solutions for providing administrative equipment for the Secretary’s Marquee free of charge.

Elsan for meeting our WC supplies requirements free of charge.

Owen Bowness for undertaking the electrical work for the WI Marquee.

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.


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