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NEWS RELEASE Issued by the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association April 2015

The Hadleigh Show 2015   Saturday 16th May                                                        

Preparations for the 176th Hadleigh Show are well underway so put Saturday 16th May in your diary and join us for a great family day out at Holbecks Park.

Hadleigh’s  “Year of the Sheep” will be launched at the show so make sure you visit their marquee and keep an eye out for all things woolly, including I’m A Sheep Get me out of Here.  “The Sheep Show” also returns, a humorous yet educational live stage show about sheep and wool with some surprisingly talented dancing sheep! 

Ringside entertainment includes the Inch Perfect Motorcycle Trials Display team with their exhilarating action packed display of balance, skill and extreme bike control, the Young Farmers Tug-O-War and falconry displays.  Following last year successful machinery demo, this year we will be showcasing Sugar Beet production where you will discover that a mouse doesn’t always have whiskers and a tail!

There will be cattle, sheep, goats and horses on show; over 160 trade stands; the Art Exhibition and Sale; Rural Crafts; a Flower Tent and the Education Tent featuring art from local schools. The Food Hall will showcase the very best of our local food and drink producers, tempting you to sample and buy.

Advance tickets can be purchased on-line at www.hadleighshow.co.uk; if booking before Friday 15th May, visitors can take advantage of the ‘Early-Bird Discount’, which reduces a Family Ticket (2 Adults with up to 3 Children) to just £24.00.  Other Early Bird prices are: Adult - £9 (£12 on day); Child 5-16 – £5 (£7 on day); Senior Citizen - £7 (£10 on day). 

Parking is FREE; gates open at 8.00am. 

 Editors’ Notes                   www.hadleighshow.co.uk

For further information on the show contact HFAA Secretary Cathy Leney on 07584 568055 or secretary@hadleighshow.co.uk

For more details about Hadleigh Towns Year of the Sheep celebrations throughout 2015 contact snowdonjane@hotmail.co.uk

•             The Hadleigh Show is one of the oldest one-day Agricultural Shows in the Country.

•             The first Hadleigh Show was in 1840 and 2015 will be the 176th Hadleigh Show held.

•             The show is organised by the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association – a development of the Hadleigh Farmers Club which was established in December 1839 “to promote the cause of agriculture by the discussion of subjects, and disseminating of information relative to its practice”.

 NEWS RELEASE Issued by the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association  March 2015

Hadleigh Sheep takes centre stage

Hadleigh’s Year of the Sheep is being launched at this year’s Hadleigh Show and is the theme for the show catalogue cover. The competition to pick the best cover design was entered by seven local primary schools. Isaac from Hintlesham & Chattisham CEVCP School is the well deserved winner. The judges were particularly impressed with the way Isaac had followed the brief, using plenty of bright colours, making sure the sheep takes centre stage over the other show animals and indicating the theme of a year by using a circular design, whilst still leaving room for the text which has to be added later to the cover by the printers. The 176th Hadleigh Show is on Saturday 16 May at Hoblecks Park, Hadleigh. The top 30 catalogue cover entries will be on display in the Education Tent. Early bird tickets can be booked in advance at www.hadleighshow.co.uk  making a family ticket just £24.00.

 

NEWS RELEASE Issued by the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association 22 March 2014

Aidan Cook, winner of Art Competition

 The Hadleigh Show 2014 – Aidan’s got it covered and Angus helps plant a mighty oak.

Every year, the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association (HFAA), organisers of the Hadleigh Show,   run a competition amongst local schools, to select an original image for the cover of the show’s programme.
This year, for the 175th Show cover, an amazing 220 entries  were received from 8 local schools - Hintlesham & Chattisham, Elmsett, Whatfield, Kersey, Bildeston, Copdock, Hadleigh Community and St Mary’s Hadleigh.

Show programme cover artwork by Aiden Cook

The competition brief was to come up with a cover design to reflect the theme of “Farm Machinery at the Hadleigh Show”. The judges were Andrew MacDonald, head teacher of Langham Primary School, Debbie Roblin, of Hintlesham Golf Club, and HFAA committee members Nicky Currie and Rebecca English.  The four met at Hintlesham Golf Club for an enjoyable evening looking at all the entries.

Julie Girling, HFAA School Liaison Officer, said “I was delighted to receive so many bright and colourful entries this year.  The standard was incredibly high and I am grateful to all the children who participated and to the school staff and parents for their encouragement.  The winning design truly reflects the changes in farm machinery over the Show’s 175 years.”

Angus Gillies, son of Show Director Paul, planting tree

The winner was Aidan Cook of Hintlesham and Chattisham Primary School.  His winning entry and also the top 30 entries will be on display in the Education tent at the Hadleigh Show on Saturday 17th May 2014. The Education tent will also feature contributions from local schools on the theme of “growing vegetables.
The HFAA has also been looking at growing trees – in particular replacing the magnificent old oak which graced the showground at Holbecks Park for so many years.  Sadly the oak tree recently died and needed to be felled.  This was an opportunity to mark the 175th anniversary with planting the HFAA 175th Anniversary Oak Tree at the top of the showground. Present for the planting of the commemorative British Oak was HFAA President Emily Holden, Show Director Paul Gillies, partner Claire Abrey and their two sons Angus and new-born  Archie.

 

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For further information, contact Teresa Harman teresa@th-marketing.co.uk ; 07770 425068 or HFAA Secretary Cathy Leney at secretary@hadleighshow.co.uk

Photo captions: Winner was Aidan Cook of Hintlesham and Chattisham Primary School  (shown in photo with  his class teacher Mrs Carol Cook). Aidan’s winning drawing. HFAA President Emily Holden holding the spade, Show Director Paul Gillies, with his son Angus, 2 years old and Claire Abrey his partner with their 1 week old son Archie

Editors’ Notes www.hadleighshow.co.uk

  • Hadleigh Show is one of the oldest one-day Agricultural Shows in the Country. 
  • The first Hadleigh Show was in 1840 and is now one of the few surviving small town agricultural shows in the nation. 
  • This is the 175th Hadleigh Show held
  • 150+ classes of Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Horses on show; trade stands, exhibitions; demonstrations, funfairs and lots of family fun
  • The show is organised by the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association – a development of the Hadleigh Farmers Club which was established in December 1839 “to promote the cause of agriculture by the discussion of subjects, and disseminating of information relative to its practice”.

 

 

NEWS RELEASE  Issued by the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association 24 February 2014

Introducing our very own “tractor boy” Angus, who will be the face of the Hadleigh Show 2014

Hadleigh Show 2014 –this year, the 175th Show, is all about how we farm today and Angus is our very own “tractor boy” – the star of this year’s advertising campaign

This year’s Hadleigh Show on Saturday 17th May 2014 with gates opening at 8.00am.  Located as always in the beautiful setting of Holbecks Park (IP7 5PE) with plenty of free parking. 

Hadleigh is one of the oldest one-day Agricultural Shows in the Country; this year it is celebrating its 175th show.  Organised annually by the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association, this annual fund raising event has all the features you might expect from a traditional celebration of the best of rural Suffolk but also a great deal more.....

Show Director Paul Gillies has chosen this year’s focus which is “How we farm today”.  There will be lots of modern farm machinery on show, both on display and showing what they can do in the rings. The 175 year old heritage will be represented by vintage tractors, the “Flying Fergies” and the county’s very own Suffolk Horses. And to show that farming in the region is still very much about families, Paul’s son Angus is the star of this year’s advertising campaign proving that it is never too young to start.
Angus and friends will also enjoy the Land Train, introduced last year, which will once again take children around the showground and stamp their “passports” at various stands to claim their prize.  Also returning is “The Sheep Show”, a humorous yet educational live stage show about sheep and wool with some surprisingly talented dancing sheep!  The separately run, but always popular, Bert Stocks Fun Fair will also thrill adults and children alike.

Ringside entertainment features the Welsh Axemen, the Young Farmers Tug-O-War,  Cyril the Squirrel  and the racing terriers and the  “Dog and Duck” show – with the dog rounding up ducks instead of sheep.  Sounds quackers!

 There are more than 150 classes of cattle, sheep, goats and horses on show; over 120 trade stands exhibiting; the Art Exhibition and Sale; Rural Crafts and the popular Flower Tent; “Have a go” areas including the Education Tent, featuring art from local schools and where you can mill wheat, make bread dough and test your skills in identifying seeds and vegetables.   The Food Hall will as usual showcase the very best local food and drink producers, tempting you to sample and buy.

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For further information, contact Teresa Harman teresa@th-marketing.co.uk ; 07770 425068 or HFAA Secretary Cathy Leney at secretary@hadleighshow.co.uk 

Photo caption: Introducing our very own “tractor boy” Angus, who will be the face of the Hadleigh Show 2014

 

MEDIA RELEASE Issued by the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association  June 2013

Hadleigh Show 2013 - Family Focus a hit and Food’s on film.

This year’s Hadleigh Show was another resounding success with praise rolling in for smooth running of the event as a result of the improved layout of the ground, trouble-free parking and minimal traffic congestion,  and with more people than ever buying tickets in advance, there was noticeably reduced queuing at the entrances, even at peak times.
Online ticket sales and advance purchasing was significantly up on last year accounting for around 20% of overall sales.  The Food Hall featured almost a third more food producers showcasing the best of East Anglian produce.  These new exhibitors were in addition to 40 new Trade Stands and a number of new sponsors.  The Art Show, trialling the introduction of credit card facilities, had its busiest year to date with sales up over 16%. The response to the day has been phenomenal with positive feedback from competitors, exhibitors and sponsors such as: “This year the repositioning of some events/increased size of some stands/ activities and educational opportunities for youngsters made the Show even more enjoyable for us.” ; “The consensus view was that the new livestock arrangements were better, safer and the public saw the head end of the beasts!  Also I must say the friendliness and professionalism of the marshals and stewards is really an extra attraction.”; “A terrific day out today .....plenty of good quality and honest food sources, an excellent countryside and farming atmosphere and people clearly enjoying meeting up and having conversations with each other.”; “We had a very successful day in terms of trading, and were really delighted to be a part of such a great event.” and The layout of the show was excellent and  fine hats and bowlers off to you all – very well done!”.

A strong programme which reflected a focus on “Families & Farming” was the inspiration of this year’s Show Director and young mother Clare Lock.  Clare was so determined to bring families into the spotlight that she featured her two four-year old twins in the promotional adverts for the Show.  “Of course the Show remains essentially a traditional agricultural show but what makes this area so great for farming is the strength and longevity of key families who have kept rural businesses and tradition for generations.  This year I just wanted to recognise the role of families and to make sure we had plenty of attractions for the younger members of our community.” The new family friendly features such as the “Land Train” with its stopping stages around the showground and the “Passport Challenge” in which children got their card stamped at identified locations before returning to the Membership Tent and a chance to win one of 250 goody bags, proved quite a draw.
A welcome surprise for the organisers was an opportunity to shine the spotlight on our local cattle farmers and food producers when a request came in to film at the show. As a result, this year’s Hadleigh Show will feature in one of the five 30 minute programmes made by Alchemy TV: Todiwala and Singh: The Incredible Spice Men. In the programme, to be aired on BBC 2 in August, the two chefs, Cyrus Todiwala and Tony Singh,  who are on a mission to convince Britain to wake up to the versatility of spices and exotic ingredients, visit the Hadleigh Show to meet local food producers, feed people some spiced-up strawberries, and watch the cattle classes.  We are hoping that the Editors are sufficiently impressed by our bowler-hatted Stewards and show- preened Red Poll, that there will be sufficient footage to remind us all what a truly great day we all had.  As soon as we know the exact date the Show is to be on screen, we will post it on the website: www.hadleighshow.co.uk

For all this fame, it must not be forgotten that the Hadleigh Show is the biggest fundraising event to be organised annually by the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association (HFAA). In spite of its size, it is not a commercial venture and surplus proceeds from the Show go to local charities.  Unusually, this year, a decision was made prior to the event to make a £1000 donation to the Hill Farmers through RABI  www.rabi.org.uk  for all the hardship they have and continue to endure with the livestock losses from the bad weather.  

Finally, a few expressions of thanks. The show is run by volunteers, too numerous to mention individually but their continued support and involvement is very much valued and appreciated.  Hadleigh’s largest and longest-standing annual community event is made possible by the generous support of Mrs Robert Holden, who each year allows the Show to be held on her land at Holbecks Park.  We are grateful to Mrs Holden’s continued patronage and we also thank this year’s Show Director Clare Lock who now hands over the baton to Paul Gillies to start preparations for next year’s show to be held on Saturday 17th May 2013. Save the date for your diary!

 

********ENDS ******** For further information contact: Janie Barbiaux, Secretary HFAA, Tel: 07971 107644 E: secretary@hadleighshow.co.uk     

News release - 02 May2013 - Take Three Girls - It’s “Girl power” at this year’s Hadleigh Show

Chairman Nicola Currie, Show Director Claire Lock and Secretary Janie Barbiaux The Hadleigh Show is on Saturday 18th May and the impetus behind this year’s event is very much in female hands with all three pivotal posts being held by women:  Nicola Currie is the first ever female Chairman of Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Society; the Show Director is Clare Lock and Janie Barbiaux is once again Secretary.   All three would happily admit, however, that the Show could not take place without the huge support team of over 180 Stewards, all volunteers and quite a few men ...

Whether a “woman’s touch” is going to be evident at this year’s show remains to be seen but there are already a few signs:

Young mother Clare Lock has put together a strong programme which reflects a focus on “Families & Farming”.  Clare was so determined to bring families into the spotlight this year that she featured her two four-year old twins in the promotional adverts for the Show.  “Of course the Show remains essentially a traditional agricultural show but what makes this area so great for farming is the strength and longevity of key families who have kept rural businesses and tradition for generations.  This year I just wanted to recognise the role of families and to make sure we had plenty of attractions for the younger members of our community.”

Nicola Currie, who is also regional director of CLA East, is well-known for speaking out for the vital part agricultural shows play in educating those who have not been lucky enough to grow up in the countryside.  She hopes to see families from the more urban districts of Colchester and Ipswich learning more about the importance of food and farming, but also, of course having a great day out at a very traditional event . Nicola explains further on why it is important to her that the Show remains close to its roots: “When I took on the job of Chairman, the one message which came over loud and clear from everyone I spoke to, was how much they enjoyed the Hadleigh Show because it has retained the feel of a traditional countryside show.”
Whilst flat-out organising the one day event and all it entails, The Hadleigh Show trio has not forgotten that for many farmers, the 2013 winter has been very tough.  At a recent planning meeting it was decided to make a £1000 donation to the Hill Farmers through RABI http://www.rabi.org.uk/ for all the hardship they have and continue to endure with the livestock losses from the bad weather.  “Surplus profit made from the show generally go to local charities but this year we felt we should make an exception,” explains Secretary Janie Barbiaux.  “In celebrating what is so wonderful about our farming community, it also felt right to show compassion and some financial support to other rural communities going through hard times”

For the second year running, tickets for the Hadleigh Show can be purchased on-line as well as the usual retail outlets.  Visit www.hadleighshow.co.uk before 17th May to buy your ticket and on the day enjoy fast track entry and take advantage of the ‘Early-Bird Discount’, which reduces a Family Ticket (2 Adults with up to 3 Children) to just. £24.00.

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For further information contact: Janie Barbiaux, Secretary HFAA, Tel: 07971 107644 E: secretary@hadleighshow.co.uk

 

News release - 16th April 2013 - Hadleigh Show Director puts family up front for this year’s event

Show Director's twin childrenThis year’s Hadleigh Show is on Saturday 18th May and the focus is “Families & Farming”.  To demonstrate just how serious she was about making sure that this year’s event really does make families welcome, Show Director Clare Lock had her twins star in the publicity campaign.
The two youngsters have a lot to smile about because new to the Showground this year are a number of features which are all about young visitors. Children can jump on board on the “Land Train” with its stopping stages around the showground; take the “Passport Challenge” and get their card stamped at identified locations before returning to the Membership Tent and a chance to win one of 250 goody bags or make their way to the “Childrens Education Area” which will host the fantastic Richard Savoury Sheep Show, the Education Marquee, the animal petting area and some great trade stands with things to interest children 

Foodies will be pleased to learn that The Food Hall is now bigger with almost a third more food producers showcasing the best of East Anglian produce.  These new exhibitors are in addition to 40 new Trade Stands to the now over 120 trade stands and a number of new sponsors.  The interest has been phenomenal and it promises to be the busiest Show to date.

Ringside entertainment features the Adrenaline Tour - the awesome Quad and Motorcycle Stunt show, starring Jason Smyth; the Flying Fergies – the tractor display team, the agricultural equivalent of the “red arrows”; the East Anglian Fire & Rescue team which light some fires but fortunately are also on hand to put them out; the Young Farmers who battle it out in Tug-O-War and also with some Lawn Mower Racing!

The traditional rural show content, however, remains centre stage with more than 150 classes of cattle, sheep, goats and horses on show, not to mention the Grand Parade of winning entries – a rare spectacle of Equines & Livestock.  There’s also the Art Exhibition and Sale; Rural Craft Demonstrations, the Poultry Tent and Flower & Horticultural Marquees.

For the second year running, tickets can be purchased on-line as well as the usual retail outlets;

Avis Newsagents, Hadleigh; Hollow Trees Farm Shop, Semer; Boxford News, Boxford; Bates Wells & Braithwaite, Sudbury; Stratford Hills Farm Shop, Stratford-St-Mary or visit www.hadleighshow.co.uk to buy your ticket and on the day enjoy fast track entry. 

If booking before Friday 17th May, visitors can take advantage of the ‘Early-Bird Discount’, which reduces a Family Ticket (2 Adults with up to 3 Children) to just £24.00. Other Early Bird prices are: Adult - £9 (£12 on day); Child 5-16 – £5 (£7 on day); Senior Citizen - £7 (£10 on day).  Parking is FREE; gates open at 8.00am.  

Located as always in the beautiful setting of Holbecks Park (IP7 5PE), Hadleigh is one of the oldest one-day Agricultural Shows in the Country; next year it will be celebrating 175 years.  Organised annually by the Hadleigh Farmers’ Agricultural Association, this show has all the features you might expect from a traditional celebration of the best of rural Suffolk but also a great deal more.....
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For further information contact: The Show Secretary Tel: 07971 107644 E: secretary@hadleighshow.co.uk www.hadlweighshow.co.uk

Editors’ Notes

  • Hadleigh Show is one of the oldest one-day Agricultural Shows in the Country. 
  • The first Hadleigh Show was in 1840 and is now one of the few surviving small town agricultural shows in the nation. 
  • This is the 174th Hadleigh Show
  • 2012 attracted a crowd of approximately 12500 visitors
  • 150+ classes of Cattle, Sheep, Goats, Horses on show; trade stands, exhibitions; demonstrations, funfairs and lots of family fun
  • This year’s Hadleigh Show is on the 18th May, at Holbecks Park, Hadleigh - a few hundred yards from the High Street (signposted from Hadleigh town centre). The nearest postcode for satellite navigation is IP7 5DP
  • As usual there is FREE parking in adjacent fields to the showground
  • The show is organised by the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association – a development of the Hadleigh Farmers Club which was established in December 1839 “to promote the cause of agriculture by the discussion of subjects, and disseminating of information relative to its practice”.

 

March 2013 - SCHOOLS COVER COMPETITION FOR HADLEIGH SHOW CATALOGUE

2013 Show Catalogue CoverA warm welcome awaited the Judges of the Hadleigh Show Catalogue cover competition at Hintlesham Golf Club on a snowy March evening. Over 200 entries had been received from 9 local primary schools for this year’s competition, with children between the ages of 4 and 11 submitting colourful and creative pictures on the theme of ‘Spring at the Hadleigh Show’.

The judges for the 2013 competition were Mr Andrew Macdonald (Head Teacher of Langham Primary School), Mrs Nicola Currie (Chairman of Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association), Dr Rebecca English (Member of the Hadleigh Show Schools Liaison Committee) and Mrs Debbie Roblin of Hintlesham Golf Club.

The judges eventually chose a colourful entry from Poppy Bennett of Hadleigh Community Primary School as the winner. Poppy is lucky enough to win a family ticket to the Show, with 30 runners up all winning childrens tickets.

The winning entry will soon be seen on the front cover of the show programme and the runners up will all be on display in the Education Tent on show day.

HFAA Schools liaison officer, Mrs Julie Girling said “We were thrilled to with the number of entries and the art work was particularly colourful this year. We feel that the winning design accurately caught the family atmosphere of the Hadleigh Show.

This year is the 174th Hadleigh Show, and early-bird discounted tickets are now available on-line at www.hadleighshow.co.uk or at one of the local selling outlets – Avis Newsagents - Hadleigh, Hollow Trees Farm Shop - Semer, Boxford News - Boxford, Bates Wells & Braithwaite – Sudbury and Hall Farm Shop – Stratford-St-Mary.

 

November 2012 - Hadleigh Farmers’ Agricultural Association presents donations to local Suffolk YFCs

Cheque presentation to Hadleigh YFC

The members of Hadleigh YFC and Brett Valley Junior YFC were delighted to be presented with cheques from the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association (HFAA) at their recent inaugural Annual General Meetings in October.

HFAA Chairman Nicola Currie attended the Hadleigh YFC AGM and HFAA Vice-Chairman Chris Partridge visited Brett Valley Junior YFC AGM to make the presentations, which were donated from proceeds of Hadleigh Farmers’ successful Summer Party held in July. The funds will be put towards sports equipment and meeting costs and will go a long way to help support the new clubs in the coming year.

Both Young Farmers’ clubs were set up in March 2012 and have started their first year with fantastic success such as winning the Farming and Countryside Competitions, the annual Suffolk YFC rally and representing Suffolk at the Eastern Area rounds of the Tug of War finals. 

Hadleigh YFC meet on Wednesday evenings at the Lindsey Red Rose and Brett Valley meet on alternate Friday's at Semer Village Hall.  Both clubs have in excess of 20 members and are very active in all YFC sports, competitions and activities. Meetings have included talks from police drugs dog squad, Olympic medallists and craft evenings to visits to butchers, local producers and car treasure hunts. 

PRESS RELEASE – Hadleigh Farmers’ Agricultural Association & Suffolk YFC The members of Hadleigh YFC and Brett Valley Junior YFC were delighted to be presented with cheques from the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association (HFAA) at their recent inaugural Annual General Meetings in October. HFAA Chairman Nicola Currie attended the Hadleigh YFC AGM and HFAA Vice-Chairman Chris Partridge visited Brett Valley Junior YFC AGM to make the presentations, which were donated from proceeds of Hadleigh Farmers’ successful Summer Party held in July. The funds will be put towards sports equipment and meeting costs and will go a long way to help support the new clubs in the coming year.  Both Young Farmers’ clubs were set up in March 2012 and have started their first year with fantastic success such as winning the Farming and Countryside Competitions, the annual Suffolk YFC rally and representing Suffolk at the Eastern Area rounds of the Tug of War finals.   Hadleigh YFC meet on Wednesday evenings at the Lindsey Red Rose and Brett Valley meet on alternate Friday's at Semer Village Hall.  Both clubs have in excess of 20 members and are very active in all YFC sports, competitions and activities. Meetings have included talks from police drugs dog squad, Olympic medallists and craft evenings to visits to butchers, local producers and car treasure hunts.   The clubs would like to thank HFAA for their continued support and are looking forward to a fantastic winter of activities. For further information on the clubs please contact Suffolk YFC on 01473 785547.  Photo:
1 - HFAA Chairman Nicola Currie presenting donation cheque to Hadleigh YFC Chairman Anghared Bendall. 2 – HFAA Vice-Chairman Chris Partridge presenting the donation cheque to members of Brett Valley YFC.The clubs would like to thank HFAA for their continued support and are looking forward to a fantastic winter of activities. For further information on the clubs please contact Suffolk YFC on 01473 785547 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            01473 785547      end_of_the_skype_highlighting .

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1 - HFAA Chairman Nicola Currie presenting donation cheque to Hadleigh YFC Chairman Anghared Bendall.

2 – HFAA Vice-Chairman Chris Partridge presenting the donation cheque to members of Brett Valley YFC.

 

 

 

 

July 2012 - Hadleigh Show proceeds go to Porch Project and other charities

The Hadleigh Show is the main fundraising event organised annually by the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association (HFAA). In spite of its size, it is not a commercial venture and the proceeds from the Show go to local charities as well as into funding future shows.  This year Show Director, Phil Bryce, chose The Porch Project as his main charity to benefit from the Show’s success.  

The Porch Project was the result of a central Hadleigh church offering a solution to a problem which was affecting the whole of the local community.  Teenagers, with nothing to entertain them in the market town, were quite literally gathering in the church porch of St Mary’s because there was nowhere else for them to go.  

In September 2009, the Very Reverend Martin Thrower, founder of the project, took a bold step and opened the doors of the church to offer the twenty or so young people, hospitality and a safe space to meet in the body of the church. Today, the project is in contact with over 350 young people between the ages of 11 and 19. Drop-in nights are Tuesday and Friday where pool, snooker, card games, three large screen games consoles and supervised cooking is offered. Facilities have expanded with counselling, the provision of an education suite (for homework club, sex/drug education and help with careers and jobs). Plans are also plans to start a sports academy. 

Presentation of chequeIn 2011/2012 the project gained three awards for its work with young people, as well as interest from the Prime Minister’s office. This has been a huge encouragement to a strong volunteer base of 30 people of all ages and a full time youth work co-ordinator, Craig Hutton.
Phil Bryce explains why he chose to support the Porch Project with the donation of £1,000: “The Hadleigh Show is a key annual event for Hadleigh as a community.  The teenagers who live in Hadleigh are a vital part of our society and St Mary’s took the initiative to offer them a place to meet. I feel that this project should not be the sole responsibility of one church in our community but should be supported by everyone in Hadleigh and the neighbouring villages, as it is doing a great job and 350 youngsters are the better for it.”

In responding on behalf of the Porch Project, The Very Reverend Martin Thrower said “It’s amazing that Phil has selected us as his chosen charity, to have the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association acknowledging the importance of the work that the Project is doing is great recognition for all those involved. This donation will increase awareness of what we are doing throughout the membership of the Association and will help to bring in further much needed funds or at least suggestions on how we can raise them! I would welcome any of the associations members to come and see what we are doing and what a difference we are making to the young people of Hadleigh and the surrounding villages. Thank you all, it is much appreciated and will be put to very good use”. 

Other charities to benefit from the proceeds of the Hadleigh Show are: Dame Vera Lyn Trust, On Course Foundation (Wattisham Base), Help for Heroes, Suffolk and Stowmarket Young Farmers, Hadleigh Elderly Peoples Christmas Appeal.

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The Very Reverend Martin Thrower founder of the project with some of the youngsters who have benefited from the initiative, and presenting the cheque for £1000, Phil Bryce 2012 Hadleigh Show Director.

 

June 2012 - Record year for the Hadleigh Show 2012 – and a “diamond jubilee” celebration for Steward Mr Tim Harris.
In spite of a nail-biting few days leading up to Saturday 19th May, during which the organisers tracked the weather and prodded and trod the turf at Holbecks Park, the Hadleigh Show did indeed go on.  And what a Show!  A record crowd of around 12500 attended on the day; sponsorship support was doubled; trade stand applications became oversubscribed even earlier than usual and competitor numbers were up on previous years.

The introduction of On-line e-tickets combined with the more traditional mode of advanced sales sold through local outlets ensured that the “Fast Track” entry fulfilled its promise. A big thank you for their retail support to: Keith Avis – Hadleigh; Hollow Trees Farm Shop – Semer; Boxford News – Boxford; Bates, Wells & Braithwaite – Sudbury; Hall Farm Shop - Stratford St Mary. Tim Harris presentation

Traffic planning was improved and credit is very much due to the Hadleigh Community Police for their continued advice and support and to Suffolk Highways who ensured that local work by the National Grid did not impact on the flow of traffic to and from the Show.

The team of over 180 Stewards, all volunteers, did a sterling job in keeping the day running smoothly.  One Steward who deserves a special mention is Tim Harris.  Tim has been a Steward at the Hadleigh Show for sixty years and so this year can truly be considered a “diamond jubilee” celebration.

Children terrier racing

This year’s visitors enjoyed the regular medley of exhibitors showing their cattle, sheep, goats, donkeys and horses; the show ring highlights included displays from the skilled Welsh Axe Racing Team, the Blazing Saddles stunt team, the ‘Lamb National’ sheep racing, terrier racing, sheep dog handling, falconry and the always popular packs of Hounds.

In the Schools area children learnt to grind grain, knead dough and milk CLAra the Cow!  In the Local Demonstrations Tent, other skills were to be learnt from Lavenham Weavers and chef Mark David. The Art Show had record sales and local creativity was also championed in the Flower & Horticultural and Rural Crafts tents.

The Hadleigh Show is the biggest fundraising event to be organised annually by the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association (HFAA), and any profits made are either given to local charities or ploughed back into the Show for future years.  It is run by volunteers, too numerous to individually mention but their continued support and involvement is very much valued and appreciated.  Hadleigh’s largest and longest-standing annual community event is made possible by the generous support of Mrs Robert Holden, who each year allows the Show to be held on her land at Holbecks Park.  We are grateful to Mrs Holden’s continued patronage and we also thank this year’s Show Director Phil Bryce who now hands over the baton to Clare Lock to start preparations for next year’s show to be held on Saturday 18th May 2013. Save the date in your diary!

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For further information contact: Tel:
07971 107644 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            07971 107644      end_of_the_skype_highlighting E: secretary@hadleighshow.co.uk

Editors’ Notes

  • Hadleigh Show is one of the oldest one-day Agricultural Shows in the Country. 
  • The first Hadleigh Show was in 1840 and is now one of the few surviving small town agricultural shows in the nation. 
  • The show is organised by the Hadleigh Farmers Agricultural Association – a development of the Hadleigh Farmers Club which was established in December 1839 “to promote the cause of agriculture by the discussion of subjects, and disseminating of information relative to its practice”.