Herrington Village show which ‘brings community together’ in line for Best of Wearside award

Author,Terry Deary,Chris Stones and Les Scott with his winning leeks at the Herrington Village show.
Author,Terry Deary,Chris Stones and Les Scott with his winning leeks at the Herrington Village show.
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A show has been praised for the way it pulls together a whole community.

Herrington Village Show is the latest entry in this year’s Best of Wearside competition and chairman Leslie Scott said: “It galvanises all the groups in the area.”

It is a unique group because it is ad hoc. There are only two appointed people but the great thing is everyone knows what to do. This has been going since the new millennium. We got together to organise activities and it has grown from there

Leslie Scott, chairman of the Herrington Village Show

The show has its roots in the last century, but in 2000 was re-modelled to include a cross-section of activities.

It brings together gardeners, cooks, crafters, embroiderers and photographers.

It is promoted by a number of groups in Herrington, including the Women’s Institute, Women’s Guild and the Board Inn Leek Club.

Mr Scott added: “It is a unique group because it is ad hoc. There are only two appointed people but the great thing is everyone knows what to do.

“This has been going since the new millennium. We got together to organise activities and it has grown from there.”

And although the main event is the village show, which pulls in hundreds of people each year and attracts a well-known personality each year, the movement has had a big impact in other areas as well. Mr Scott added: “We have done other things over the years and it pulls the community together.”

The nomination for the cause said: “The Herrington village show group is unique in that it brings together various societies and groups to work together for the common good of the community.

“It mobilises the Herrington Women’s Institute, Townswomen’s Guild, Flower Club, Board Inn Leek Club, 2nd Herrington Scouts, Sunderland Embroiderers’ Guild, local churches and a number of art and sugarcraft groups to maintain the tradition of the village show.”

It tells how the Herrington example had become the model for other communities to follow.

This year, the competition is being held in association with Vantec Europe Ltd. To help us in our quest, we have also been backed by some fantastic category sponsors - Calsonic, Gentoo, Martinos, TWR and UK Asbestos.

From now until Monday, November 2, we will be looking for the very best in our communities.

To nominate your own personal favourite, fill in the nomination form on this page or visit http://www.jpne-events.co.uk/