The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society promises to maintain resilience in a rapidly changing world

19 June 2017

“We are committed to maintaining resilience and building a strong future in a rapidly changing world.” said Mr John T Davies in his address to members at the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society on 14th June.

Hosted by this year’s Feature County of Carmarthenshire at the beautiful home of this year’s president, Mr Brian Jones MBE FRAgS, the 2017 AGM looked back on another successful year, and forward to this year’s Royal Welsh Show, only a few short weeks away.

In an uncertain and changing landscape, both politically and financially, members attending the AGM were reassured to hear that the society recognise the need to understand and embrace the challenges. “Our destiny is in our hands. Destiny is not a matter of chance, it’s a matter of choice. It is not to be waited for, but to be achieved.” stated Mr Davies.

The annual financial statement for the society presented to the members confirmed a reduced surplus, which continues to reinforce the importance of managing costs in a challenging time. Despite this, we are still committed to our strategy of long-term investment in the site to ensure it is fit for purpose, improving infrastructure and adopting new technologies, enabling us to work smarter.

“We must ensure a sustainable future, financial stability and longevity by maximising opportunities to create new income streams.” continued Mr Davies. “By working with organisations such as Visit Wales and the major events team at Welsh Government, we are clearly putting our showground on the national map as an event destination”.

Once again the unwavering support and incredible fundraising efforts of our feature counties was recognised. Thanks was given to Meirionnydd, the 2016 feature county, whose incredible £235,000 has been put towards installing a much needed private water scheme, allowing us to be more efficient with our water usage and saving a significant amount of our water bill.

Mr Brian Jones, the 2017 President, thanked the whole of Carmarthenshire for the privilege of being their President. “I am very grateful to be surrounded by such a good team and I would like to pay particular thanks to Mr Meirion Owen, Mr Jonathan Davies, Mr Roy Davies and Mrs Georgina Cornock-Evans and the rest of the team for their commitment, hard work and tremendous support.”

“We are delighted to have already raised in excess of £200K from all manner of fundraising events” continued Mr Jones. “Our Feature County Calendar was particularly successful, the proceeds from which have been split between our own fundraising pot and breast and prostate cancer charities.”

“The funds for this year will go towards the equine project on the showground, continuing the good work that was kick-started by Gwent in 2015, and I would like to thank Georgina for commissioning a magnificent horse’s head statue that will be displayed at the showground in recognition of the 2017 Carmarthenshire support.”

Mr Brian Jones, 2017 President, addresses members at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society’s Annual General Meeting.

Mr Harry Fetherstonhaugh, Honorary Show Director gave an outline of what is in store for the up-coming Royal Welsh Show, which will be opened by a respected Carmarthenshire businessman, David Gravell and Arwel Jones, Chair of Wales YFC.

“With Agriculture maintaining its place at the heart of the show, I am pleased to report that livestock entries and applications for agricultural tradestands have once again been very strong and I would like to thank all of the exhibitors and those within our own structure who work to make sure livestock continues to be a centre piece of our show.” said Mr Fetherstonhaugh “However, we are also in the entertainment business and our packed 12-hour main-ring programme has something for everyone.”

The big attractions in the main ring this year will be the incredible Lorenzo International Horse Display, the exciting and energetic performance from the Kangaroo Kid, the amazing RAF HAWKS Parachute Display Team, Black Mountains Falconry, Tristar Carriage Driving, Merion Owen and the Quack Pack, Inter Hunt Relay, trotting competitions and much more.

The Royal Welsh Show will take place at the showground in Llanelwedd on 24 - 27 July. For more information on the society or the show please visit www.rwas.wales