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The (Quantock) Show must go on…....

- our last appearance of the summer!

Katy Coate

Posted by Katy Coate on 28 August 2012

The (Quantock) Show must go on….... Tim and I met at the Pines café to head to the Quantock Show with a sense of trepidation as the rain and wind howled around us!

This was the first time the Quantock Hills AONB Service had attended this local show and being our last show of the summer the weather was a bit of a downer.  But we needn’t have worried, once we’d arrived and managed to set up the gazebo, the wind and rain settled slightly and we began chatting to everyone and even managed to paint a few arms.   Having faced a rather gruelling set up which ended with a gazebo in pieces, Friends of Quantock member Alan Hughes joined us in the shelter of our stand to talk to passers by.  There were lots of familiar and unfamiliar faces and also some from years ago that both Tim and I were able to catch up with.  As always we had some interesting enquiries and discussions including mountain biking, running routes on the hills, local horse rides, Hinkley point C and the Rhododendron clearance works at Staple Plain.  This face to face contact with the local community is a great way to pass on info and gain feedback from you all.

We had a wonderful view of the main arena where the show jumping was taking place and above this were hundreds of swooping house martins who must have been feeding on the insects being disturbed on the ground! Although the weather had obviously affected numbers attending for a day out, thankfully the competing horse riders were not so easily deterred.  If horses weren’t your cup of tea there were other activities to take part in, archery, dog shows, canine obstacle races and a beer tent!  However by 3 o’clock the wind began to play havoc with our stand and we decided rather than watch the gazebo sailing up and over Cothelstone Hill we should pack up.   All in all an enjoyable and worthwhile day which we will be sure to attend next year.  If you know of, or organise any similar events or shows around the hills that might like a visit from the AONB team, do drop us an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) as I’m starting to  planning for 2013 already.

By Katy Coate


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