The Wivenhoe Tent at the Tendring Show - 2003
Promoting the best of Wivenhoe at the Tendring Show
Jean Harding a Vice-President of the Tendring Show and a well-known Wivenhoe resident as the founder of the Wivenhoe Bookshop, approached me as Chairman of the WivenhoeFirst group with the idea of promoting Wivenhoe in the Community tent at the Tendring Show. We all leapt at this idea of promoting Wivenhoe in this way.
Wivenhoe organisers of the Community Exhibition hoped that as many Wivenhoe residents as possible would join the 20,000+ people who went to the Show the preceding year. Certainly in the run up to the show, 300 residents had bought tickets to see the Show and visit the Wivenhoe Experience.
Nearly 20 organisations, plus the Town Council and both local schools put on a remarkable and unique exhibition to promote many different aspects of Wivenhoe.
The Tendring Show, was held on a perfect summer’s day on Saturday 12th July, 2003, and Wivenhoe people and organisations rose to the occasion to put on wonderful showcase representing some examples of what makes Wivenhoe place a special place in which to live and visit.
Several of these organisations and groups, appeared on the stage throughout the day, in a full programme organised by Tricia Faulkner.
The tent was decorated internally by Dave Sleightholm with some of the Christmas lights used to create a magical atmosphere in Wivenhoe during December.
Inside the 140 foot tent, was the new photograph of Wivenhoe Quay taken by Robert Priseman commissioned especially for the occasion. It afterwards went on permanent display in the William Loveless Hall.
Hundreds of people came through the tent during the day and many favourable comments were made. Amongst those coming round included local MP, Bernard Jenkin and his wife, Anne. The Nottage Institute’s exhibit won a cup from the Tendring Hundred Show Committee for best stand, with Wivenhoe Allotment and Gardens Association getting 2nd place.
The exhibition also featured work by many of Wivenhoe’s professional painters and other talented artists who have helped build a reputation for Wivenhoe as an artistic community.
Wivenhoe organisations and others who put on displays in the Community Tent were:
Wivenhoe Town Council
The Engine Shed Project
The Royal British Legion – Wivenhoe Branch
Friends of St Marys
Wivenhoe Gilbert & Sullivan Society
Wivenhoe Panto Group
Wivenhoe Allotments and Gardens Association
Wivenhoe Ferry Trust
Churches Together (St Mary’s, Congregational, St Monica’s and Methodist)
Workers Education Association
Wivenhoe Tennis Academy
Nottage Maritime Institute
Jubilee Sailing Trust
Wivenhoe Sailing Club
A live show ran throughout the day, featuring some of the performing talent, regularly seen at various productions and events in Wivenhoe.
LIVE SHOW Programme:
10.00 Pure Gold
10.30 Gilbert & Sullivan Society
11.00 Wivenhoe Folk Club
11.30 Tai Chi
12.00 Tim Whitnell
12.30 Martin Newell
1.00 Gilbert & Sullivan Society
1.30 Broomgrove and Millfields Schools
2.00 The Ramblers/Peter Kerr
2.30 The Folk Club
3,00 Tai Chi
3.30 Ramblers/Peter Kerr
Some of the artists who displayed their work included:
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