ON Saturday Hawksworth village held a show and garden party organised by the residents association. Villagers had been told about the event at the beginning of April when they had all received a sunflower seed to grow, to see who had the tallest sunflower on show day. Measuring was done on Saturday morning, people having indicated if they thought they had a contender. The winning sunflower which was 171 cm had been grown by Ann and Jerry Alderson who live next door to Hawksworth Methodist Church where the show was staged, and just opposite the field at Sunnyside Farm which is the home of Richard and Dorothy Pickersgill where the garden party was held.

The garden party started at 3pm but people had taken their show entries along to the chapel in the morning so judges chairman of Hawksworth YCA and gardening friend of Hawksworth Mary Bowes, and councillors Pat and Graham Latty could judge the 12 classes, thus allow viewing in the afternoon after garden party visitors had had a welcome drink of summer punch. Classes in the show included family classes to create a edible necklace and also to design a potential Hawksworth flag - this was won by the Inman family. Other classes included photos of Hawksworth residents, and also animals (this class attracting 29 entries), and I grew this in Hawksworth class for fruit ,veg or flowers and a Victoria sandwich class where entrants were invited to allow one half to go towards tea. There were two under 16 classes they being four decorated biscuits and a welcome to Hawksworth card suitable to give to new residents. A special award for the most points in the show was made to Jean Lyness (84) who despite having serious health issues had entered many classes. She gained 1st - flower arrangement in a tea cup, 1st - any other craft or art item, 1st - jar of preserves and 3rd - needlecraft.

The small organising committee had been very worried about the weather when setting things up for the garden party on Saturday morning but come 3pm the weather was a perfect summer's day. Egg and spoon races were held for U 5 (winner Charlie Raw), U16 (winner Oliver Firth) and adults (winner Paul Rush). There was also wellie wanging for children (winner Oliver Firth) and adults where the winner was Mathew Hick. The event ended with a tug of war.