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New President for Northumberland County Show

Farmer John Woodman has been appointed the new President of Tynedale Agricultural Society; the charity which organises and runs the annual Northumberland County Show.

John Woodman

John Woodman
John, who runs Shaw House Farm, Newton, near Stocksfield, Northumberland, with his brother David, is a veteran of the Show, having been involved with Tynedale Agricultural Society in various capacities, including chairman and vice president, for more than 20 years.

He replaces Society stalwart Anthony Crozier, who farms a dairy herd at Bankfoot Farm, Broomley, near Stocksfield, who steps down as President after three years. John will be supported by George Hutchinson, of White Wall Nook, near Bellingham – another Society stalwart who has been appointed the new Vice President.

John, whose farm is a mixed arable, cattle and sheep operation, said the Show – which attracted more than 28,600 visitors last year – is a landmark in the agricultural calendar and a vital link between town and country folk.

“The Show is a wonderful event, bringing town and country people together for a big day every year and showing townspeople what farming is really all about,” said John.

“The mix of agricultural competitive classes and demonstrations alongside attractions like the monster trucks, bands and music is a popular one, and allows us to show people the real source of their food.

“Our full working milking parlour, for example, costs a great deal to run on the day, but it’s one of the most popular attractions and really gives people a taste of the country.”

John also emphasised the important contribution the Show makes to charity each year; the 2010 show raising more than £13,000 for good causes locally and offering several local charities free stands on the show field.

“It’s a fantastic event which gives a great deal back to the community at the same time as being a landmark in the agricultural calendar,” added John. “It’s an honour to be named President of the Society and it’s a role I hope will allow me to help to contribute to the continued success of the Show.”

This year’s Show is at Tynedale Park, Corbridge, on Bank Holiday Monday, May 30, 2011.

With more than 300 trade stands, spectacular main arena events, and nationally renowned agricultural and equine sections, Northumberland County Show is the highlight of the agricultural year in the region and a major annual attraction.

In addition to the popular parade of the hounds, heavy horses, and the Champion of Champions’ Parade, next year’s main ring attractions include monster trucks ‘The Devil’ and ‘Big Pete’, back by popular demand.

The show field will also host numerous marquees and stands, plus a children’s funfair, live cookery demonstrations from leading chefs, bands and dancers, a working milking parlour and a shearing shed, bee-keeping displays, free parking and easy rail access.

The Show also features competitive heavy and light horse sections and livestock classes for cattle, sheep, goat, alpaca, dogs, poultry, cavies, rabbits, stick dressing, competitive home crafts, and Cumberland and Westmorland wrestling.

Northumberland County Show 2011 is on Monday, May 30 at Tynedale Park, Corbridge. Discounted advance tickets are online at, tel 0845 230 5177. See for further details

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