Chipping Show 2014 will go down as a record breaker after it was officially reported the day took the best ever gate receipts.
Thirty-four members of Chipping Agricultural and Horticultural Society heard the news at the AGM of Chipping Show Ltd, held at The Newdrop.
Chairman William Pye thanked everyone for attending and commented that the AGM concluded an excellent year after a tremendous show in August. He invited everyone to examine the accounts, which revealed a good profit had been made. This had been helped by the excellent weather on show day.
Outgoing president Francis Mercer handed over to 2015 president Jeffrey Rich, saying it had been a privilege and honour to be president for the year and both he and lady president Helen McCabe had enjoyed a great time on the day. He thanked committee members for their hard work and for choosing him for the role.
The new president also thanked the committee for the honour of being chosen to be president and said Leagram Mill Farm had been involved with Chipping Show for more than 100 years through his father and grandfather.
The first trophy was won by Henry Rich in 1924 for the best pair of Shorthorn cattle. Jeff’s uncle, Tom, had been very involved with making and exhibiting cheese for many years. More recently the family had entered and been successful in the horticulture section.
New member Keeley Lund was elected onto the committee and officers for 2015 will be: vice-president, Glyn Davies; chairman, William Pye; vice-chairman, Paul Morris; treasurer, Margaret Rich; assistant treasurer, Angela Heane; secretary, Paul Hunt; assistant secretary, Holly Wheater- Adams; safety officer, Michael Newell; entries secretary, Mandy Hamlet; and assistant entries secretary, Margaret Rich.
The committee was re-elected en-bloc. Honorary doctor will be Ian Forrester, honorary veterinary surgeon Karen Swindlehurst, honorary solicitor George Mercer and honorary accountant Grace Hore. Four new life members were elected.
John Stott and Francis Mercer were proposed by John Procter for the many years they have been associated with Chipping Show and run the sheep section.
Barbara Kitchin was proposed by Alan Kay as a long standing committee member, recognising the hard work she puts in to organising entries in the Women’s Institute marquee.
Anne Singleton was proposed by Jeff Rich for her many years as secretary of the horticultural section.
The show committee would like to express its thanks to John Barr and the staff at The Newdrop for hosting the AGM and putting on an excellent meal.
Next year’s Chipping Show will be on Saturday, August 22– not the August Bank Holiday weekend, as is often the case – and preparation work starts in earnest at the next committee meeting on Monday, January 12.