President awarded MBE during Royal Welsh AGM weekend

16 June 2015

“Whilst celebrating success, we must continue to plan for the future” said Mr John T Davies in his address to over 100 members at the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society on 12th June.

Hosted by this year’s President Mr David Morgan and his wife Nancy, at the beautiful Trostrey Court Farm near Usk, the 2015 AGM looked back on another successful year and forward to this year’s Royal Welsh Show, only five weeks away.

Members were pleased to hear how the society continues to have a significant role in shaping and influencing the future of agriculture and how the work of the newly formed Strategic Group will create a clear 10 year plan and vision that will ensure the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society is well placed to respond to future challenges and opportunities.

As a result of increased income from our events and effective financial management the society reported an increased surplus through 2014. The Chair of Board reminded members that this comes at a time when the society is committed to its largest ever investment of £300,000 in the new equine facilities and warned against complacency. To quote a well-used phrase, “The time to fix the roof is when the sun is shining”.

The newly appointed Board of Directors, which will now serve for a four-year term, along with all other committees following changes to the society’s constitution, met directly after the AGM to confirm that the Chair and Vice Chair will remain as Mr John T Davies and Mr Harry Fetherstonhaugh respectively.

Once again our feature county and county advisory structure was recognised as forming the backbone of the society’s success and the ‘gold-dust’ that sets us apart from many other societies. Praise was given to the incredible fundraising efforts of Radnorshire, the 2014 feature county, whose £279,000 has been used to extend and renovate Neuadd Henllan, the stockmen’s accommodation.

Mr David Morgan, RWAS President 2105, presents a cheque to Mr John T Davies, as part of Gwent feature county's monies raised towards the improvement of equine facilities on the showground in Llanelwedd. Photo taken by Dr D Glyn Jones BSc, PhD, ARAgS.

Mr David Morgan, the 2015 President, thanked the Gwent team for their commitment and hard work in raising funds for the hotly anticipated equine project on the showground. “Friday night is Royal Welsh night, and the whole team have worked tirelessly to arrange events, sell raffle tickets and generally raise money, thank you all.”

The AGM weekend was a double celebration for Mr Morgan who was awarded an MBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to agriculture and for voluntary service to the agricultural community in Monmouthshire.

Mr Harry Fetherstonhaugh, Honorary Show Director gave an outline of what is in store for the up-coming show. Being opened by Mr Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Owain Williams, Chair of Usk YFC, and with strong livestock entries, sponsorship and tradestand numbers, 2015 looks set to be another successful show.

The big attractions in the main ring this year will be the incredible Metropolitan Police Mounted Branch Activity Ride, the Bolddog Lings Freestyle Motorcross Team, Ye Olde Redtail Falconry Display 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 20-23 July. For more information on the society or the show please visit www.rwas.co.uk