Saturday, 21 October 2017

Henley Show profits back in the black

THE organisers of the Henley Show made £20,000 from events last year compared with a loss of about £8,000 the previous year.

THE organisers of the Henley Show made £20,000 from events last year compared with a loss of about £8,000 the previous year.

The news was revealed at the annual meeting of the Henley and District Agricultural Association, held at Hambleden village hall.

The events included the show in September, the sheepdog trial in July and the ploughing match in October.

Association chairman Mike Cannon said: ?2014 was a wonderful year for the association ? undoubtedly one of our best years and surely the 2014 show was one of the best ever.

?Suffice it to say, the weather at all three of our events worked in our favour.

?The sheepdog trial had a good number of competitors and visitors and great weather. This was the first of the agricultural committee?s triumphs in 2014.

?In October we had the ploughing match and again we were at Dunsden, a great setting. It is always wonderful to see the camaraderie and enthusiasm of the ploughmen and the prize-giving was its normal high-spirited self.? The meeting, which was chaired by the outgoing president, Lady Phillimore, heard that a number of technological changes was planned for this year?s Henley Show.

There will be a cash machine on site and the mechanism for online ticket sales is being improved.

Barrie Haigh was elected the president for this year and Andrew Ingram was appointed the new chairman.

Mr Haigh, a dairy farmer, said: ?I know that all new presidents say that they are honoured to be appointed but for me it is an exceptional honour simply because 16 years ago I was not a farmer.

?More than that, this show is run so professionally that I have been in awe of the organisation team for many years.? Mr Haigh said he wished to pursue biodiversity initiatives in the coming year.

?I have been lucky enough to travel widely and I note how increasingly children are taught about conservation and biodiversity,? he said. ?I would like to find a way to bring this knowledge to the children of Henley.?

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