Jul 07 2011

All About the Roxeth Show

As we head into the weekend, I thought we’d have a look at what others are saying about the Roxeth Show this weekend, and generally try to pull together all the bits and pieces that are out there.

The Harrow Times says that we’re into the 33rd year of the show, and that a colourful carnival parade will be the highlight. The RSPCA will be running the dog show this year, and there will be stalls such as genna and glitter tatoos, ice cream, bric-a-brac and others. They’ll also be a number of local organisations represented in stall around the showground.

The Harrow Observer describes it as a ‘scout carnival’ and leaves it as that. Oddly, there’s more details on shows from other years, but even with a brief search, nothing much shows up for this year.

Meanwhile, there’s a slightly-longer mention over at our friends TheBestOfHarrow, which also mentions quad bikes, the kidology dance group, and a funfair.

Families (London North West)  have the usual text about the Roxeth Show being once “…fondly known as the Harrow Shows little brother…”, but nothing more than that. And that’s just a paragraph on their “What’s On” page.

This years show is organised by the Harrow and Pinner Lions, and you’d think their website would be a little more up to date with the information?  Not so… They have a link for 2010’s stall charges, and then provide 2009’s pitch application forms.

Radio Northwick Park won’t be there this year, as the Northwick Park Open Day clashes with the show.

It’s worth remembering that the Show started in 1979 as an event organised by the South Harrow and Roxeth Residents Association (then known as the ‘…Ratepayers Association’) to celebrate 50 years of the association.

The Show has changed somewhat over the last 30-odd years: here’s the programme from the very first show:

1.00p.m. Float Procession leaves Kenilworth Avenue, passing Eastcote Lane, Carlyon Avenue, Somervell Road, Eastcote Road
2.30 p.m. Float Procession arrives Roxeth Recreation Ground
2.45 p.m. Carnival Opening
3.00 p.m. HM Prison Service Dog Display
3.15 p.m. Children’s Fancy Dress Competition
Music by Rooks Heath high School Band
3.45 p.m. Tug of War Competition – First Pull
4.15 p.m. 3rd Roxeth Scouts Trek Cart Run
4.45 p.m. Welldon Park 1st School Display and Middle Schools Six a Side
Football competition Final
5.15 p.m. Final tug of War Competition
5.30 p.m. St James Church, Alperton G.L.B. Band
5.40 p.m. Morris Dance Display
5.55 p.m. Prizes Presentation – Super Raffle Draw

Back to this years show, and the weather is likely to be a little damp on Saturday, although both brighter and warmer on the Sunday (weather data courtesy of our friends at metcheck.com). If you’re going – and we hope you do – remember you’re supporting the local community (although, financially, the Harrow and Pinner Lions are making the money from this event).

See our earlier articles here and here.

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