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The Annual Talybont-on-Usk Show will be held on the afternoon of Saturday 23rd August at the Henderson Hall (LD3 7YQ).


Talybont-on-Usk is a small village seven miles east of Brecon, just off the A40. There will be attractions to appeal to all ages as well as the chance to view the exhibits from adults and young people. The Show will open at 1.30pm with the Cavern Brass Quintet to help get everyone in the mood for a traditional village event; they will play again between the fancy dress competition and the sports.

At 2.00p.m. the fancy dress competition, kindly organised by Sarah Osborne and Margaret Cox, will take place on the Playing Fields; this is always a popular event for competitors and spectators. The children always come up with some really original ideas for their costumes but very often we wonder why there are not at least a few adults taking part. So, parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends and neighbours why not be just a little bit brave and have a go – you might surprise yourself at how much fun it can be and you might even win! The hardest task in the afternoon is judging this competition and we are delighted that once again Sue Large has agreed to take on the role.

The sports for children and adults will begin at 3.00pm; these events will be organised, with great enthusiasm by Chris Jones and his team of helpers. They are so keen that they may even add additional races to those set out in the Show Schedule! Trophies will be awarded to the girl and boy gaining the highest number of points in the sports; these trophies are awarded for life and I gather that they continue to be a treasured memento of a childhood triumph.

talybont-show2There will be something to tempt all visitors to the Show. Talybont WI will be serving teas throughout the afternoon. The miniature steam train will be making a welcome return to Talybont Show giving the opportunity, for young people and the not so young, to ride a train in Talybont-on-Usk! Also, on the field there will be a Bouncy Castle, coconut shy, a raffle as well as a bottle stall to try your luck on. The week before the Show Stuart Iles and his team of helpers will be contacting locals to request that they donate a bottle for the stall so if you can have a bottle or bottles ready when they call it is very much appreciated and helps to fund the Show which is such a popular village event.

In addition on the field there will be an exhibition of bikes that have been collected by the James family. There will also be a display of bees. The plant stall will be organised by Neville Danby; please bring contributions for this on the morning of the Show or give them to Neville beforehand.

The Show Schedule sets out all the competitions for adults and young people; if you haven’t yet got yours copies are available in Talybont Stores, Canalside Café and Post Office. For adults there are horticultural, floral art, domestic, handicraft, art and photography sections. The Local Section is confined to all members of Talybont Gardening Association (TGA) and anyone living within a four mile radius of the village. The Open Section is open to anyone irrespective of membership of the TGA or where they live. When all the entries are exhibited on the day in the Henderson Hall it is a wonderful sight. This year there is a new prize a £15.00 voucher generously donated by the Walled Garden Treberfydd for the winner of Class 21, ‘A collection of 4 kinds of culinary herbs’, see, page 4 of the Schedule.

The Children’s and Young People’s Section has become so popular the committee have decided to provide more space this year! The competitions for this section have been moved to a different part of the Schedule this year, they can be found on pages 14 – 18; there may be some ideas for activities to counter boredom on a wet day! Once again there is a Family Challenge the key ingredient this year is a carrot so families it is time to put your thinking caps on! The display of the entries from the children and young people are always admired by visitors to the show and they are justly a matter of pride for all the entrants, their families and friends. The judges are always impressed by the inventive, original ideas and the care taken by the competitors in this section making it a tough one to judge!

This year the Schedule includes two different entry forms:

  •  Green for all adult entries – one adult per form please;
  • Yellow for all child and young people’s entries – one child or young person per form please.

Additional entry forms are available from Talybont Stores, Canalside Café and Post Office.

The Show Committee appreciate the support of local businesses that have generously sponsored the Schedule. Also, they appreciate the enthusiastic commitment of all the volunteers who help to make sure that the Annual Show can take place.

Talybont Show promises to be a really great afternoon out so do mark the day on your calendar and come along with your friends and family to the Henderson Hall and Playing Fields on Saturday 23rd August!

Please note: all the details relating to the Annual Talybont Show are correct at the time of going to press.

Article by Pat Wilkie

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