67th village produce show this month

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The annual St John’s Produce Show will be take place on Saturday, September 7.

There will be a wide range of classes to enter for all ages and the event will raise money for two charities through the produce show and auction, they are Bowel Cancer Isle of Man and the Manx Stroke Foundation.

The organisers of the show always choose at least one medically based charity.

St John’s Produce Show, which is in its 67th year, will be held at the Methodist hall in the village at 3pm.

Show chairman Sue Stanley said she thinks the event is successful because ‘it brings the community together and people like to support local charities’.

Speaking about why they picked the charities, Sue said: ‘We are fully aware that Bowel Cancer Isle of Man are trying to encourage people to talk openly about the disease whilst raising awareness of the symptoms and promote early diagnosis.

‘They provide practical and emotional support to bowel cancer patients and their families in the Isle of Man

‘The Manx Stroke Foundation is a registered charity formed in 1997 by a small group of health professionals who recognised the need for a support group for those affected by stroke.’

She added: ‘They help and support people after stroke whilst identifying new initiatives in stroke care and campaign to improve stroke services on the Isle of Man. They also are dedicated to raising awareness of stroke and its risk factors so that strokes can be prevented.’

Show-goers can expect to see a colourful exhibition of flowers and vegetables, as well as a ‘mouth watering display of confectionery’.

This year there is a new trophy – the Voirrey Quirk Trophy – for best exhibit of chutney.

The wide range of classes for all ages, include sweets, jams, pickles, confectionery, flowers, vegetables, photography,

Children can enter the following classes: children’s confectionery, children’s competition, which includes handmade car, craft of your own choice, collage and decorated potato.

All exhibits, except pot plants and photography, will be available to buy at the auction in the evening.

Sue said: ‘We are pleased to also announce that in addition to the charities supported at last year’s show, the Manx Diabetic Group campaign Pumps for Kids and St John Ambulance First Community Responders, we also, in May 2013, made a donation of £500 to the Isle of Man Agricultural Benevolent Trust in support of its cause.

‘The committee wishes to place on record the great support that the produce show has received over a long number of years from the agricultural community on the island and wished to reciprocate their support at a difficult time for island farmers.’

All prize presentations will be made at 7pm by Stuart Watson from Bowel Cancer Isle of Man and Leslie Quayle from Manx Stroke Foundation.

The village’s John Kennaugh will be the auctioneer for the produce auction, which will start at 7.30pm.

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