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The Royal County of Berkshire Show



by Jenny Minard
BBC Berkshire Reporter

Wickerman
A wickerman stood tall on the site in Chieveley

The Royal County of Berkshire agricultural show just keeps getting bigger and better.

And next year is going to be even more so, said Newbury Agricultural Society vice chairman, Alan Pooles.

"It grows every year," he said. "We are somewhat limited by the size of the site we have here.

"But we have plans to drive the show forward which would involve a permanent building for the showing of cattle, for horses and such like.

"We would be able to use it for other shows throughout the year, associated with cattle.

"That's one way to move it forward that will enable us to re-plan the whole site and give some of the areas which are perhaps tucked away in small corners a more prominent position.

Overwhelming support

Alan explained what was so special about this year's event which is held in Chieveley.

"Going around delivering the trade stand prizes, we were absolutely overwhelmed by the reception we had when we announced on the stands who had won.

Tractor
Tractors from the ages were on show at the event

"The one with the Wickerman, we had to get a wide-lens camera because too many people wanted to be in the photo.

"It was overwhelming support for the association."

The Saturday of the show is traditionally the farmers' day and the Sunday is the family day. The show dates back to 1909 when the first ever horse show was held in Newbury.

Visitors were treated to more than 500 stalls and events included dog agility and the White Helmets Motorcycle display team.

BBC Introducing bands The Quotes and Amy's Ghost performed to the crowds.

And members of staff from BBC South - South Today and Radio Berkshire - took part in a Strictly Come Dancing-style event.

Next year

Malcolm Bull, president elect for next year, stressed that despite the show getting bigger each year, they wanted to keep the tradition.

"There is huge diversity and the whole essence of the show over the years has been agriculture and the live stock.

The Quotes
Berkshire band The Quotes performed at the show

"The main thing is that it's held onto the old agricultural traditions where it is temptation to become a trade show which we don't want to be, we want to keep the traditions but combine the two."

"The vast majority of visitors just stand in awe at how much we do," Alan Pooles said. "You have to remember that we only have three full-time members of staff in the office - the rest of it is conducted on a voluntary basis."

And plans for next year's show are already underway.

"They are almost completed," Alan said. "We will start the year with the AGM in which we will be formally elected.

"The year will then take on various events including the Meeting of the Hounds in February, on through the Rogation Service which is the traditional welcome of spring onto the land.

"Then there is the summer party and it builds up through to the September and this event. There will be highlights but you will have to wait for that. We like to keep people in suspense," he laughed.




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