ANGMERING’S annual village market attracted villagers and visitors in their hundreds to Fletcher’s Field on Saturday (August 17).
And it was almost as popular with four-legged friends, as the dog show was one of the best yet, and the new ‘Puppy Party’ was also a big draw.
Organiser Val Jerram was relieved that the rain held off until after the market, even if one or two gazebos sheltering stallholders threatened to take off as the winds strengthened.
“I know there is nothing I can do about it – but I worry because I want all to enjoy the event, the stallholders as well as those who visit. It was all smiles from the stallholders as they left,” she said.
Fewer stalls were booked compared with previous years, and some failed to appear, while there were also not as many children’s attractions. However, the Owls About Town display proved to be a welcome attraction.
Val thanked Rustington’s Pets at Home store for sponsoring the dog show, and its team led by Wendy Gillard who were helped by village volunteers Julie and John Hinds in running the show.
She also thanked volunteers Roger, Pat Sue and Bill for helping set up the market and John Longhurst, of Old Place Farm ,for the use of his field for parking.
Proceeds will go towards replacing chairs at the Angmering Community Centre.
Dog show results – prettiest bitch: Little Mouse, owner Jane Hanley. Best pedigree: Ruathan, owner Fiona Johnston. Best veteran (over seven years): Basil, owner Vicki Lovegrove. Most handsome dog: Henley, owner Kimberley Guy. Best cross-breed: Willow, owner Julie Hide.
Waggiest tail: Archie, owners Debbie and Josie Watkins. Fancy dress (dog/owner): Lollie, India Craddock. Dog judge would most like to take home: Pikachu, owner David Montgomery. Best in show: Henley, owner Kimberley Guy.