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New Show President for Northumberland County Show

Tynedale Agricultural Society, the organisation behind the Northumberland County Show voted in a new President at their annual AGM recently.

Incoming President, George Hutchinson takes over from John Woodman for a three year tenure in the role. He is joined by several new committee members who were also introduced at the meeting.

George Hutchinson

George Hutchinson

John Woodman, who has held the post since 2010, welcomed Mr Hutchinson saying, “I’m delighted to hand over the reins to George. He is a marvellous asset to the Show and I know he’ll do a great job. For myself, I have had a fantastic time as President, and I’m looking forward to working with everyone for many years to come.”

In appreciation of his commitment Mr Woodman was honoured with Life Membership to the Show, with fellow Committee Member and past Stick Dressing Secretary, Wilf Laidlaw.

The new President George Hutchinson, despite retiring in 2011, is well known locally as proprietor of his Wark based business, Hutchinson Environmental Solutions. His successful business that operates across Scotland, the North East and as far south as Lancashire and the M62 is now managed by his son-in-law, but George still has a hand in the company. His entrepreneurial skills will be now put to good use by Tynedale Agricultural Society.

George became involved in the County Show many years ago when his father showed Clydesdale horses. Later his four daughters competed in the Working Hunter Pony Classes and this led to a close involvement with the Equine Section. During his longstanding membership of the management committee his most recent post has been as Vice President for the last three years. In his short speech at the AGM, he thanked the Members of the Committee for his appointment, and echoed the Chairman, Chris Chomse’s sentiments on the future of the Show.

Chairman Chris Chomse gave a motivating address to the fifty-strong audience that congratulated the team on a successful first year at Bywell. The event saw increased numbers of entrants in all sections, greater attendance by the general public and higher revenue from traders and sponsors. He particularly thanked Secretary, Gaynor Scandle, and her assistant, Vicky Ridley, for their hard work in attaining a substantial Defra grant that allowed for major improvements to be made in advance of the 2013 show.

But it was his closing words that spelled out his vision of the future. Mr Chomse explained;
“I want to see more new people coming into the show and being given real responsibility. We have a duty to build a secure future for this great event by preparing for our own succession. When necessary, we older members of the general committee should be planning to step down to make way for younger people.”

And, as good as his word, Mr Chomse had the pleasure of welcoming three new members to the committee; Teresa Sparke, Jamie Crozier and David Parkin. Teresa Sparke has helped for several years in the Secretary’s office of the Cattle Section and will increase her responsibilities in this role. Twenty one year old Jamie Crozier, nephew of Show Manager Anthony Crozier, has already proved himself invaluable in the setup of this year’s show and over the last ten years, working in the car parks and other visitor services. He will be involved in operations and logistics supporting the site preparation and maintenance. David Parkin is a vet and the director of Intake Vets, one of the two Hexham veterinary practices that support the show. He will oversee animal health and welfare and ensure consistent high standards in this area.

After an open forum, in which each Section’s management provided a précis of their future plans and ideas, the evening was rounded off with a delicious tea courtesy of the ladies of the Industrial and Homecraft Section.

The Northumberland County Show takes place on 26th May 2014 at Bywell, near Stocksfield.

Northumberland County Show

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