The annual town show was a Big Deal. Every year on the August Bank Holiday weekend representatives from each of the surrounding villages would exhibit a display representing their village and the local crafts and skills. The winning display afforded the villagers the opportunity to gloat over their neighbours until the following year. The competition was closely fought.
The rivalry between Lower Hambleton and Upper Hambleton was well established, dating back to the original division between the village of Hambleton. The town show was the modern battleground, and in each village the Women’s Institute, the school PTA, and the Ladies Circle all pulled together to show their neighbours exactly which village was the most creative and civic minded. Of course, frequently the members of the WI, PTA and LC were exactly the same group of people, but the community mindedness of the three groups working together was the important thing.
In 2003 Lower Hambleton won with a field scene, complete with cows, rabbits and trees, designed from flowers.
In 2004 Upper Hambleton won with a giant coffee and walnut cake in the shape of the village, iced to show significant landmarks.
In 2005 Upper Hambleton won with a knitted sheep, that everybody who could wrangle two pointy sticks had been called on to help with.
This year Lower Hambleton were determined to even things up, and finally stop the talk of the wonder of the knitted sheep that they had had to endure for the past twelve months. This year it was going to be different. This year they were going to carve a cow out of cheese.