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Report from the
2017 Rusland Spring Show

From the Rusland Spring Show Committee: "The Show was a great success and the organisers want to thank all the volunteers, the participants and everyone who visited the Show. the weather was beautiful, the spring bulbs and floral arrangements stunning and the arts and home produce of a very hgh standard. Anne Robinson was the star wutg the highest number of winning entries!  The children's entries were particularly good and we wish to thank the teachers and pupils from Hawkshead Primary, Leven Valley and Penny Bridge schools for their support and efforts. This year, Penny Bridge won the cup for the most prize-winning entries, although it was a close run thing! The organisers are grateful to the Rusland Valley Community Trust, the Forestry Commission, Go Ape Grizedale, and the Rusland Horizons team for their great support. Everyone's fantastic efforts in running the Show raised nearly 1400 for the community's Rusland Reading Room. "

Click on the image below to view Tim Fleming's lovely film of the Show:



Rusland holds a Spring Show every March/April, at the Rusland Reading Rooms, organised by the Reading Room Committee. Entries are open to anyone, and the hall and marquee is always a riot of colour with spring bulbs, pasche eggs, decorated cakes, photographs, paintings, poems, with children's entries adorning the walls. Tea and delicious cakes are on sale from the kitchen. The Show helps to raise important funds for the upkeep of the Rusland Reading Room (village hall).

Show Schedule 2017:

- Schedule outer: Show Rules and Entry Form
- Schedule inner: Show classes


Past Rusland Spring Shows

The Show is held at the end of March every year.  For March 2016, David Hoyle and Judi Winterson, together with Robert Wallace, have kindly taken on the coordination of the Show from Gordon and Elsie Wilkinson. The Show was Gordon and Elsie Wilkinson's idea to see in the spring after the long winter, and to encourage people to plant spring bulbs, and to raise important fund for the Reading Rooms. The weather is as unpredictable as it can possibly be:-

In 2012, we languished at tables outside in hot sunshine.

In 2013, we had 4 ft snow drifts! 

The 2015 Show (28th/29th March) was held on a wet and very windy weekend. Just as we thought Spring had sprung, we were reminded that winter was not yet over! However, despite the weather, there was an excellent turn-out of entries and a steady stream of visitors. Some 750 was raised in support of the Rusland Reading Rooms. Thanks to everyone who helped out and especially to Gordon and Elsie Wilkinson who dedicate so much time and effort to make the Show happen.

Here are some pictures from the Show from Jeanie Wilkinson (click on thumbnails for larger pics):