The long-term sustainability of a Northumberland agricultural
society, which is more than 115 years old, has been secured with
the help of Defra's Rural Enterprise Scheme, delivered by the Rural
Development Service (RDS).
The Glendale Show
The Glendale Agricultural Society, based in Wooler, has been awarded
a grant of £85,000 over three years, which has delighted
the hundreds of members and volunteers who together organise The
Glendale Show, the largest annual event held in North Northumberland.
The grant will be used to develop and maintain the society for
future generations and specifically to ensure the long-term sustainability
of the show and develop a Glendale 'Children's Education in the
Scott Donaldson, Chairman of the not-for-profit society, said:
"This is a grant source that we hope that many, many people
and businesses will benefit from. It is not just for one person,
it is for the community of the Glendale District which encompasses
an area from the Tweed in the North to Glanton in the South, with
Wooler as its central point. Already we are in the process of organising
initiatives that will be of interest to all ages and all backgrounds,
such as the Children's Countryside Education Day and the Family
Stock Judging event.
"I'd like to thank our secretary of six years Sarah Nelson
for putting together the successful application."
Adrian Vass, an adviser with the Rural Development Service in
the North East, said:
"To secure this grant the society put a huge amount of work
and research into their application. They did not just focus on
the show that lasts one day of the year; their proposal encompassed
a number of different events and a wide range of activities which
will attract new audiences. As part of the application the society
looked at different methods of raising the profile of both the
Glendale area and the rural businesses within it."
The society employs two part time members of staff and aims to:
- Raise the profile of Glendale to put it on the tourist map
children to find out about how farming and the countryside work
and promote healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle at all of
- Inform the general public that farming, the countryside
and the rural economy are changing and how these are linked to
To find out more about The Glendale Agricultural Society and events
being organised by the society visit the website www.glendaleshow.com or
contact the secretary on 01668 283 868 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Social and economic funding under the next rural development programme
(2007 to 2013) in England will be simplified and better targeted
to the needs of rural people and businesses. To achieve this the
Rural Enterprise Scheme will not be rolled forward into the next
rural development programme.
Friday, 30 June 2006 will be the last date on which new applications
may be accepted under this scheme, and the Processing and Marketing
Grant, the Vocational Training Scheme and the Energy Crops (SRC)
Producer Group Scheme.
Mr Vass added: "Customers who are currently in the process
of developing a proposal for a business or community project with
a view to seeking a grant from one of these schemes are strongly
recommended to discuss their proposal with a representative from
their local RDS office."
This deadline does not apply to Objective 1 and LEADER+ funding;
nor does it relate to Environmental Stewardship; the Energy Crops
Scheme Establishment Grants, the Hill Farm Allowance, or the English
Woodland Grant Scheme.
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