Royal Welsh AGM celebrates success

23 June 2014

With over 8,000 livestock entries, more trade stands than before and a whole range of events, this year’s Royal Welsh Show looks as if it will be another huge success.

“Our drive to reduce cost is matched only by our ambition to increase income and create a society that will face future challenges,” said Mr John T Davies in his address to over 120 members at the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society on 20th June.

Hosted by this years President Mrs. Rhian Duggan at her Radnorshire home near Crossgates, the 2014 AGM was presented with evidence of success as members looked back to 2013 and forward to this years Royal Welsh Show just four weeks away.

Members heard about the strength of the Royal Welsh brand that continues to attract strong sponsorship and provides a real platform to celebrate the best of Wales, in particular Welsh agriculture.

The new management team at Llanelwedd were congratulated on their achievements to increase income and improve efficiency, which increased the surplus from £89,000 in 2012 to £230,076 for 2013. Under the guidance of Chief Executive, Steve Hughson, the new team brings a dimension of youth and professionalism, which compliments the loyal members of staff and volunteers who have served the society well for many years.

The Feature County structure was recognised as one of the main pillars of success with tributes paid to Anglesey, the 2013 feature county, for delivering a new main entrance to the showground entrance, named Porth Môn.

Mrs Rhian Duggan, the 2014 President, described her term of office as a “whirlwind 12 months full of fundraising events and decisions” and thanked members of the Radnorshire Committee for their hard work and support.

Mr Harry Fetherstonhaugh, Honorary Show Director gave a full outline of plans for this year’s show.  With over 8,000 livestock entries, more trade stands than before and a whole range of events, this years show looks as if it will be another huge success.

Amongst the main attractions will be the amazing King’s Troop of the Royal Horse Artillery, The Royal Signals White Helmets motorcycle display team, Equus & Falco - an incredible display of falconry performed on horseback and a spectacular aerial display from the impressive Hawker Hurricane and the high performance Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

The Royal Welsh Show will take place at the showground in Llanelwedd on 21-24 July. For more information on the society or the show please visit www.rwas.co.uk