Secretary’s farewell to ‘ag show’ after 15 years

Melissa Thorpe  launching the Clitheroe Town Trail in May
Melissa Thorpe launching the Clitheroe Town Trail in May

The secretary of the 
Goosnargh and Longridge Agricultural Show Society, Melissa Thorpe, has retired after 15 years in a job she has “really enjoyed.”

Her final task was helping with the organisation of this year’s show in July.

And she stood down just two weeks before the birth of her third child, Alexander.

Although it was the impending birth which led to her resignation, Melissa is hoping to stay on as a volunteer and also remain as secretary of the popular craft section of the show.

She said: “Despite some challenging times, I have really enjoyed my time as show secretary, especially on show day when I look around every year and feel immensely proud of what we achieve as a committee.”

She thanked past and present chairmen for their support and encouragement, and other members of the committee with whom she has built up good friendships.

Committee member Jean Hill told the News: “Melissa will be greatly missed in the role, but we on the committee are now looking for someone to succeed her.

“The job involves about 100 hours work a year. It has with it a small honorarium and, of course, some times are busier than others through the year.”

At the recent meeting of all involved with the show, 
chairman Barry Hill thanked everyone for all their hard work in making this year’s event such a great success.

He reported good support from exhibitors, traders and both the new and the experienced volunteers.

Strong visitor support for what is now a very popular family and community day on top of its highlights of agriculture, farming skills and the exhibits of local produce, was also recorded.

Some of those attending had written to say what a great day they had, said Mr Hill.

This year’s president, Julie Rainford, had done a wonderful job both before and during the show, he added, and she hopes to continue supporting the show in the future.

l For anyone who wants to apply for the post of secretary, more details can be found on the website

People can also contact Barry Hill by calling 01772 780520 or by sending an
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