Ainsdale Village Show Parade along Station Road on July 7, 2007, the Rainbows were all smiles. Picture Gareth Jones Photography

Changes are being made to the long-running Ainsdale Show in Southport. 

The event lost £3,000 in the last financial year and organisers hope the new arrangements will make it more sustainable. 

Ainsdale Horticultural Society will now stage some of the attractions in the Methodist Church hall and grounds.

There will still be a two-day spectacle on Ainsdale Village Green, featuring arena attractions, a large fairground, pet show and more, but this will be free for the first time. 

It is one of the longest running events in the North West, having been staged ever since 1922. 

An Ainsdale Horticultural Society spokesperson said: “After having celebrating 100 years of the Ainsdale Show in 2022, a show which was very well attended, we now find ourselves with a large problem, our finances which stand at around £11,000 are insufficient to stage another show on the village green, the Society having incurred a loss of £3,000 in the last financial year. 

“The cost of putting on the show has increased in leaps and bounds and we are required to pay for many services before the show which means we have insufficient funds to do this.

“Your Committee has been working very hard to try to find a way of continuing with the Flower and Horticultural Show, the solution for 2023 is to use the Methodist Church hall and grounds.  It may mean reducing the number of classes in the show, but favourite things like Floral Art, Children’s exhibits and Photography will still be able to go ahead. We will also serve afternoon tea/coffee and cakes.  

“There will be a charge for exhibiting items in the show but members will enjoy free entry for as many items as they wish to enter.  There will be a first prize for each class only, apart from floral art when the £100 prize money will still be given by our sponsor.

“The village green will be used to put on a 2 day show, the Saturday will have all the favourite attractions including the arena attractions, pet show, a large fairground, craft fair, trade, charity stalls, a bar and catering units.

“Entry to the village green will be FREE for all and we hope families will come to enjoy all the attractions.

“Sunday will have the usual car boot sale from 8am then from 12noon there will be a music on the green afternoon with music on the stage and people are to be encouraged to bring chairs and have a picnic.  The fairground and catering units will still be available.

“A road closure application will be made for Liverpool Road from the junction with Liverpool Avenue to Sanvino Avenue, with access for those living along this road, to make it easier and safer for people to access both the green and Methodist premises.

“This is a new beginning for your Society, exciting and a new way forward and we hope that all our members and friends will support this new venture.

“We would appreciate help from members in the following areas:

1.Plant a Pot,  to be held on the village green on Saturday 20th May when children are encouraged to plant seeds and plants which they can enter in the summer show, a couple of willing hands would make all the difference.

2.Helping set up the Methodist Halls on Thursday, 28th June, from 1pm, putting cloths on the tables and  allocating space for the various classes.

3.Help in the Raffle tent for a few hours on the Saturday. 

Useful contacts:

Chairman –  Janet Greenwood

Horticultural Show Secretary – Phil Morris                         

Trade Stand Manager – Graham Webster                             

Treasurer – Peter Wood

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