North Leverton Show committee has organised a flower and produce show every year since 1964, when the very first show was held in a marquee next to the old school in North Leverton. Classes included cut flowers and wild flowers, fruit and vegetables, wheat and barley, eggs, sugar beet and other agricultural classes. The very first show charged sixpence per entry and prize money was three shillings for the winner in each class.
Leverton Show moved into the new school building, next to the Royal Oak pub, in 1968, and stayed there for the next 37 years. Building work at the school in 2005 meant either cancellation of the show, or moving to another venue, and Sturton Village Hall was chosen as a temporary venue. The hall proved perfect, with plenty of parking, lots of room, and no need to erect the heavy wooden staging or lay hessian sacking on the floor, as had been needed in the school hall. It was also so much better for catering, with a proper kitchen and seating area, rather than visitors perching on tiny chairs at small school tables, and washing up in one little sink.
Leverton Show has been held in Sturton ever since, and has proved very popular, although the cut flower side has decreased in recent years, the craft side has doubled. Unfortunately, the 53rd annual show held last September proved to be the final show. The committee met as usual this spring and unfortunately the decision was made to stop holding shows, due to there not being enough people willing to take on the organisation. The chairman, secretary and treasurer have been in their roles since 1996, 1999, and 2003 respectively, and have worked very hard to keep the show going as long as possible.
The committee met for the final time in September, members donated the vases and some staging items to East Markham Show, and then had to decide what to do with the funds. It has always been a non-profit making organisation, all the money raised from each show was needed to put on next years’ show. The committee has decided to split the remaining funds equally between the Air Ambulance, Cancer Research, and Bassetlaw Hospice, with £100 being donated to each charity.
It is sad to see the show fold after so many years, but it is a sign of the times, there are no longer so many people interested in growing ‘for showing’. I’m told there were over 50 people turned up to the first committee meeting in 1964 and there were just four at the last couple of meetings. The committee have kept the book of ‘trophy winners’ which brings back memories of many exhibitors who are no longer with us. Leverton Show was more than just ‘a show’, it was an occasion for exhibitors and judges alike to catch up, have a natter, and share a common interest, that of growing, showing, crafting, and baking.