Month: February 2017

Jolly Good Evening had by all at the Best of British Ball!

Jolly Good Evening had by all at the Best of British Ball!


The first ever Cultiv8 Ball took place at the East of England Showground on the 18th of February. The theme was Best of British and the Atrium was adorned with Union Flags and decoration.

The decorate your own table competition certainly brightened the room with everything from candelabra’s to Balloons being used, as a center piece. Many thanks to Hey Ho and Co for sponsoring the Prosecco for the winning table. The Competition continued with a particularly intense game of Heads or Tails, it is impressive how a room of 150 people can get so caught up in a game of coin flipping! The proceeds of the Heads and Tails all goes towards helping the Society achieve its charitable goals.

The main course of Roast Rib of Beef went down a treat with our designated carvers looking dashing in their aprons and hats. The dinner was rounded off with a fabulous buffet style cheese table, of which we must thank Arthey Associates and Pode Hole Farm for sponsoring.

With an evening of dancing and many trips to the bar a good night was had by all, and we definitely look forward to  similar events in the future.

The Cultiv8 Committee would also like to thank RAGT, Gleadells and Strutt and Parker for sponsoring the welcome drinks and the Stand In Band for the entertainment throughout the evening (Video below)!

East of England Agricultural Society and Royal Smithfield Club Part Ways

East of England Agricultural Society and Royal Smithfield Club Part Ways

6 February 2017


East of England Agricultural Society and Royal Smithfield Club agree to separate

The East of England Agricultural Society and the Royal Smithfield Club have agreed amicably to end their joint involvement in the East of England Agricultural Society’s Smithfield Festival after seven years of collaboration. As a result, the Society will run its own East of England Winter Primestock Festival in late November 2017; while the Club will pursue other initiatives.

Since the start of the joint venture there has been a successful revival of the leading primestock show in the East of England, however both parties agree it is now time to refocus activities for each charity.

“The Society remains committed to providing a quality primestock event which will not only provide a strong competitive element for livestock producers, but will also enable us to fulfil our charitable objectives,” said William Haire, Agricultural Development Manager at the Society.

“We will support education through such initiatives as our College Challenge and at the same time cater for a broader range of stockmen through our knowledge transfer initiative – Stocktech.”

“We have enjoyed working with the Society, however, the Royal Smithfield Club has a broad remit that extends from the breeding of all classes of livestock through to delivering public benefit to the consumer,” said Geoff Burgess, the Club’s Honorary Secretary. “It is clear that the East of England Agricultural Society now has the resources and expertise to run a successful primestock event; which frees the Club to develop other initiatives.




Further information
William Haire, East of England Agricultural Society             01733 363503                                                  07748 778 410

Geoff Burgess, Royal Smithfield Club                                      07702 050119