Month: March 2013

East of England Agricultural Society appoints new Chairman

East of England Agricultural Society appoints new Chairman

New chairman

At their AGM on the 19th March the East of England Agricultural Society elected Mr Andrew Riddington as their new chairman.  Mr Andrew Riddington thanked outgoing Chairman Andrew Sharpley for seeing through a period of significant change during his three year term of office.

Mr Sharpley welcomed the appointment of Andrew Riddington as the incoming Chairman. Mr Riddington’s association with the Society had also begun as a Steward –in 1982. His family’s connection stretches back much further though as both his grandfather and uncle were past chairmen. Mr Riddington is managing director of two companies and a partner in the family fenland farm. He also finds time to serve as a Justice of the Peace.

Speaking of his appointment, Mr Riddington said:  “The Society has embarked upon a bold and confident new programme much of which has been devised during my time as Vice Chairman and is only now beginning to emerge from the covers. I am excited by our plans to promote and support agriculture and rural life across a broad programme which on one hand covers 5 year old children and at the other will showcase the best in Agricultural machinery to 40000 farmers at the Showground.”

 

Kids Country volunteers and supporters deliver resounding success

Kids Country volunteers and supporters deliver resounding success

Grow your own potatoes kids

13th March saw the first part of the Kids Country potato story as part of the Grow your own potato day here at the Showground. Over 400 children had a fun time planting their seed potatoes and watching a dramatic re enactment of yesteryear before learning about nutrition and the history of the humble potato.

As we have said so many times, we cannot deliver such events without help from our volunteers and to each and every one of you who gave time to the event, a huge THANKYOU. The goodwill and co-operation we are getting from volunteers is palpable and growing week by week. Volunteers are beginning to get to know each other and a natural camaraderie is emerging.

Such events also benefit from the generous support we have from business and other organisations. We had fantastic support from Produce World, Miracle Grow and the Potato Council, McCain Foods and University Centre Peterborough. What was so good was that each of these organisations gave their time and expertise as well as their products.

Evidence that we are touching the right spot is consistently coming through.
Sharon from one of the schools said: “Just wanted to say a huge thank you from those of us who attended to all those involved your end today. We had a brilliant morning and learned lots. The students are now looking forward to their pots of potatoes sprouting so they can tend them ready to bring back to harvest in June. Our students all have statements for behavioural difficulties and the rotation of activities suited their individual and complex needs. Thank you for the opportunity to take them out of school today and the chance to socialise with other schools”.

Sue from Newark Hill said: “Just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make our afternoon so enjoyable. The event was really well organised and the children all really enjoyed it, they are so excited about growing their own potatoes”.

For the Kids Country Team it’s a case of onwards and upwards and we look forward to working with you all again.

Celebrity Status

Celebrity Status

Many members will have seen the advertising campaign in national newspapers run by Morrisons and in which our very own Council Member and Director Charles Horrell took a starring role. Morrisons were promoting their commitment to supplying 100% British sourced meat and acknowledged that it was people like Charles who were the farmers they knew and trusted to deliver the right product to match their planned ethic.

Volunteers needed…

Volunteers needed…

The Society is running a campaign to attract new volunteers. With a packed programme of agriculturaland educational events, we rely upon volunteers from members and their friends at becoming involved to ensure the successful delivery. We are working hard to ensure that our volunteering programme is fun and rewarding for all those involved. If this is of interest to you please do get in touch with us at the Showground through Sandra Lauridsen on slauridsen@eastofengland.org.uk or telephone 01733 363514.

Lambing Sunday

Lambing Sunday

This year Lambing Sunday will be held on the 10th March. The Society will be helping out at the event run by Council Member Nigel Rome at Manor Farm, Morborne, Peterborough PE7 3TG.
Members are invited to go down to the event along with their families and enjoy a great day on the farm.

CropTech’s first outing

CropTech’s first outing

The company behind the LAMMA event has devised an entirely new conference for the agri sector.
CropTech will be launched at the Showground at the end of October 2013 and is aimed at the high tech end of farming. It will attract huge interest and we are delighted that the organisers have confidently decided that the home of Peterborough Arena is the right place for such an event.

Upcoming Events

Oct
8
Sun
all-day Autumn Food and Country Fair @ East of England Showground
Autumn Food and Country Fair @ East of England Showground
Oct 8 all-day
Autumn Food and Country Fair @ East of England Showground
For more information on this event please visit the dedicated show website http://autumnfoodandcountryfair.co.uk     As a Society, we invite you to visit our stand in the Atrium to find out more about what we do. …

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Nov
2
Thu
all-day East of England Farming Conference @ East of England Showground
East of England Farming Conference @ East of England Showground
Nov 2 all-day
East of England Farming Conference @ East of England Showground
For more information about the East of England Farming Conference, please take a look at our dedicated event web page www.eoefarmingconference.co.uk East of England Agricultural Society Members are entitled to a discounted ticket price.