The Management Committee of The North East Hants Agricultural Association (NEHAA) has reluctantly decided NOT to hold an Alton & North East Hampshire Agricultural Show this year.
Don't be downhearted - the Alton Show will be back in 2015
At the AGM of the North East Hants Agricultural Association, held on 26th March at Chawton House, the Members decided that the campaign to recruit new volunteers to fill key roles had succeeded and a Show will be held in 2015.
Outgoing Show Chairman Kate Faulkner told the meeting that the response to advertisements and articles in the Herald Group of newspapers plus some introductions made by Members had resulted in new volunteers offering to volunteer at the Show. Most importantly it has been possible to fill key positions left vacant as a result of some long serving volunteers standing down.
Simon Robinson (right with Kate Faulkner)of Hattingley Valley Wines, at Lower Wield, has agreed to become Show Chairman and Petra Martin to be Deputy Show Chairman.
Darren McNamara who has had experience in this role in Kent will become Chief Cattle Steward. Paul Ibbott with experience at the Surrey County Show will be the Bio Security officer.
At the AGM outgoing President, Richard Janaway, highlighted the success of the Association Educational Programme with local Primary and Junior schools, the contribution made by Members and volunteers to another successful Show in 2013 and the resilience of Robert Stevens and Rebecca Peek, the organisers of the Ploughing Match, who re-arranged the Match after the event had to be postponed on the original date due to heavy rain.
Richard Buer, (left with Deputy Show Chairman Petra Martin) Senior Partner of NFU Mutual at Selborne and a resident of Upper Farringdon, has been elected the new President and Michael Propert Lewis of Long Sutton elected as Deputy President.
The Association will be holding a Summer Party for Members, Volunteers and Sponsors on the evening of 27 June at Gilbert White's House Field Study Centre at Selborne. Earlier in the day, the schools participating in the Association Educational Programme 2014, will be presenting their projects work and competing for the NEHAA Educational Cup.
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