The Ainsdale Show, probably the oldest one-day tented show in the North West, has traditionally been held on the Village Green at Ainsdale on the first Saturday in July, and this year is no exception - Show Day this year is 7th July 2012 when the show ground will be open to the public from 10am until 5pm

Address To Members

Dear Members - with a few hiccups our Centenary year has finally arrived!

Officially the Ainsdale Horticultural Society was registered on the 25th February 1912 and to mark this occasion a Coffee Morning was arranged at St. John's Church Hall. How lucky we were that the actual day fell on the very day of registration. About eighty members came to commemorate this occasion and enjoy the company and the scrumptious selection of cakes.

This year the show will be called the 100TH BIRTHDAY SHOW and covers four days:-

Thursday 5th July - CHRISTINE WALKDEN Horticulturist on the TV One Show and radio presenter will give a talk on WINTER COLOUR. This is a 7.30pm talk in one of the marquees and includes a glass of wine or soft drink. Christine will stay to chat with us and answer any questions.

Friday 6th July - CHILDREN'S PET SHOW on the Village Green open to all children, there is no restriction to address. We have included a fourth class to feature - "Any Other Small Animal."

Saturday 7th July - SHOW DAY Christine Walkden to open the Show and crown the Floral Queen, AINSDALE'S BIG NIGHT OUT - Dance in the main marquee 8.00pm till late.

Sunday 8th July - MARQUEE/CAR BOOT SALE AND AUCTION - on the Village Green from 7.00am - public entry 8.00am.

It's probably doubtful that our Founders gave a thought as to how successful the Society would be in a hundred years time but the present Executive Committee certainly have. This is the reason why we are not parading round in Georgian fashion but celebrating the young people of Ainsdale by setting the theme of "Carnival" asking the members of the Youth Organisations to wear carnival clothes instead of their uniforms (Colour Parties excluded). Added to this our arena events, always including the children as previous shows, has a carnival theme with added exciting acts especially for the young people.

Our greatest achievement would be to recruit the parents of these young people to help put the Show together. The Showground Committee are working on the Village Green from Tuesday 3rd July till Friday 6th early morning till late evening, and any male person from teenager upwards would be greeted with open arms if only for an hour or two. Of course ladies are always welcome, not to move heavy tables around but to help in the marquees covering tables and pinning up the Children's entries. If the Show is to continue into the future the Society really needs the participation of younger people and then we will be secure for many years to come.

Our grateful thanks are to the five local shops who act as Tickets Agents:

I know how busy they are beforehand and this year we have included a Family ticket.

We are including a £100 prize draw for Show tickets purchased prior to the Show. This applies to pre-show ticket sales only.

We intend this Centenary Show to be one to remember - just keep fingers crossed for a nice day!

Tricia Pearce

The Show 2012

Ainsdale Horticultural society is an active and thriving society.   Its centrepiece event is the Summer show held annually on the Village Green.  This event showcases local talent and produce in a spirit of friendly competition.   However, competitive classes are open to all and visitors from beyond the local area are invited to come and compete  or simply have a great traditional family day out.