2018 Schools Poetry Competition – Theme “The Night Before”
The overall winning poem:
The night before the rose shone
Yesterday I saw a rose, its blossom shined in the moonlight.
Yesterday its beauty shone like diamonds in the glittering sun.
Yesterday the beloved blossom reflected in the lake.
Today it is beginning to fade under the hot, baking sun.
Today it looks grey and wrinkled like an old rhinoceros in the moonlight.
Today its petals are floating on the lake like an old toy boat.
Written by Wilfred Lee, Green Hammerton C of E Primary School.
Comments from the judge Ms Charlotte Green:
“I was very impressed with the overall standard! The winner’s poem was fantastic with a brilliant concept matched with powerful structure. Very well done!”
All poems will be displayed in the children’s tent on show day.
After an issue with the online ticketing web page I am now pleased to say that discounted advance tickets can now be ordered online. Click on the link below to go to the ordering page.
FABULOUS FOOD AT TOCKWITH SHOW 2018
Visitors are warned to arrive hungry at Tockwith Show this year – we are very excited to be able to offer a diverse range of food from new catering outlets as well as some of your old favourites.
We welcome first timers Toast of Harrogate – Rachael has an eye catching vintage Rice Richardson horse trailer and will be tempting you with a range of gourmet grilled sandwiches. Sounds too yummy to resist!
For vegetarian, vegan or gluten free visitors there is a great choice at Nans Van. Nan will be serving great vegan and gluten free food including – breakfasts, soups, stews and delicious wraps.
Another first timer to Tockwith is Vintage Citroen Events. They will be delighting us all with light and fluffy crepes with an amazing range of fillings and to quench your thirst – fresh homemade lemonade (unmissable if the weather stays like this!
Our final new entry is Lee from The Rustic Pizza Co. Lee uses a wood fired pizza oven to cook his homemade pizzas with a staggering range of toppings which will be sure to suit everyone (including veggie and gluten free). Roll on the 5th August.
Tockwith wouldn’t be Tockwith without The Hullah Family of Tancred Farm Shop who will be serving their ever popular Hog Roast, Burgers and Sausage Sandwiches – generous portions to keep you going throughout the day.
We are delighted that Neil and Lauren from Poppy Coffee are returning to Tockwith with their van brewing up a fabulous range of coffees, teas and hot chocolate together with a range of snacks – now you know where to go for a caffeine hit!
Long time supporters of Tockwith are the Roseberry Catering Company who will be back with us this year, both for the dressage on Saturday and the show on Sunday. They bring a range of units offering fish and chips, burgers, baguettes and donuts.
Fingers crossed for a warm day so that you can enjoy a very moreish Yorkshire Dales Ice Cream, they will be back at Tockwith to tempt you. Their delicious dairy ice cream is made on the family farm near Bolton Abbey, in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales.
We are now up to day 16 of 21. Well over 200 miles walked. This is totally new territory for both of us both physically and mentalily. We have gone through some fantastic scenery and high emotions in the last few days. The walk up the South Tees valley, the climb up Cauldron Spout, the views over High Cup Nick, the climb out of Dufton and then arriving at the highest part of the walk at Cross Fell (899m).
Surprisingly we are both doing very well with absolutely no Compeed being used. We are now in Roman Wall territory and looking forward to a very easy walk today. After that the next four days will be a real challenge trekking through the wilds of Northumberland. The arrival in Kirk Yetholm will with be great emotion having then completed over 270 mie of walking.
So we have just completed day 10 of 21. Very nearly half way there. So many varying terrains and conditions. 3 days ago we were being battered by storm Hector. Possibly the worst conditions that I have ever walked in. Fountains Fell was nearly a place too far. We then had to follow it by an ascent of Pen Y Ghent in gale force winds. For the first time Sam actually admitted to being nervous. We’ve since had some pretty wet weather and to cap it all yesterday just as everyone in Keld was preparing evening meals there was a power cut. We ended up with fish and chips from Kirby Stephen.
Show (co)Chairman Sam Blacker & show secretary Steve Ross are off on their travels again. You may rember last year that we walked the Offas Dyke track, well wanting to go one further Sam decided that he would like to walk the Pennine Way. This is a 21 day walk staring in Edale in the Peak district and finishing in Kirk Yetholm (Scotland) just over the scottish border. I originally was going to do the K2 base camp trek but after having a partial knee replacment in November I thought it best to stay in the UK (for this year at least!).
So we are now 5 days in and have travelled over 70 miles with some long and hot days behind us. Things are going well (at the moment) but the prospect of walking for a week longer than we have ever done is still very daunting.
As usual we have already had a variety of accomodations and experiences which will bode us well for our upcoming talks to the WI etc.
We were originally supposed to be a party of 3 but unfortunately Malcolm (Sam’s brother in law & show treasurer) was very unfortunate to suffer a stroke. Thankfully he is recovering very well and is hopng to join us for a day shortly.
Another shout out must go to Dan (Sam’s son in law) who had decided to join us for the first 3 days, had booked his accomodation, bought new boots and then was rushed into hospital to have his appendix removed. Get well soon Dan.
We are off to Malham tomorrow and will slowly work our way up the country. We are not doing this for a specific charity but our president (Fiona Harris) is supporting the British Heart Foundation so any donations would help raise spirits.
Schedules & Entry Forms for the 2018 show are now available at
Fiona has now had her first fundraising event which was a quiz night at Bramham Village Hall. The evening was a great success with the 91 contestants raising just over £1000 for the British Heart Foundation. Fiona would like to thank everyone who took part and also all of the people who helped run and make it such a succesful event.
Fiona’s next fundraising event is a 70 mile bike ride from Bramham to Bridlington in June this year. Currently Fiona has only managed 17 miles so any donations to her JustGiving page would be a great motivator https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/fionacharris