The Royal Welsh Agricultural Society adjusts its sails to ride the winds of change.
3 July 2018
“In looking to the future, our resilience and ability to accommodate change will be our key to success.” said Mr John T Davies in his address to members at the Annual General Meeting of the Royal Welsh Agricultural Society held on 21 June.
Hosted by this year’s Feature County of Montgomeryshire at the beautiful home of this year’s president, Mr Tom Tudor MBE FRAgS, the 2018 AGM looked back on another successful year, and forward to this year’s Royal Welsh Show, only a few short weeks away.
With an array of changes on the horizon, both politically and financially, members attending the AGM were reassured to hear that the society had already put in place measures to maximise opportunities and methods to embrace the challenges. “Despite the on-going background of uncertainty and change, we are thankful that the positivity and performance of the society and its events, in meeting our charitable objectives, has continued.” stated Mr Davies.
“Our estate continues to be our greatest asset and the society continues to be committed to the long-term investment of the showground. Making sure it is fit for purpose, improving infrastructure and adopting new technologies, ensures we are able to take full advantage of the excellent facilities onsite and increase the number of events held throughout the year. These events not only benefit the society, but also support the community and local economy.
“Looking to develop a portfolio of other events, our aim is to create a ‘Y Maes Genedlaethol Frenhinol Cymru’, The National Royal Welsh Showground.” continued Mr Davies. “By working with organisations such as Visit Wales, the major events team at Welsh Government and the Welsh Tourism Minister, we are clearly putting our showground on the national map as an event destination”.
“This goal forms part of our long-term vision, and I am encouraged by the way the society is identifying and managing the risks, the finances and the planning to create a 10 year strategy.”
Closing on his theme of change, Mr Davies quoted John Maxwell and Williams Arthur Ward “The pessimist complains about the wind. The optimist expects it to change. The leader adjusts the sails.”
As always, the incredible support and fundraising efforts of our feature counties was recognised. Thanks was given to Carmarthenshire, the 2017 feature county, whose extraordinary £528,000 has been put towards the Equine project, along with the funds raised by Gwent in 2015 and a significant society investment, to make a total of £1 million spent on improving the equine facilities on the showground in recent years.
Addressing the members, Mr Tom Tudor, the 2018 President, thanked his wife, Ann, and the whole family for their support, along with his Montgomeryshire team for their hard work and support during their very busy feature year. He also acknowledged the backing from other counties and thanked them for their support. “Everyone has been working so hard to make Montgomeryshire’s term-of-office a resounding success.”
“Last month’s Grassland Event held at Carnbwll, Four Crosses, was a real highlight of our efforts so far and Dafydd Jones, Helen Davies and Martin Evans all played a huge part in making the day hugely successful.
“Money raised this year will be put towards improving the facilities on the showground for our younger members, and will include the creation of a new and improved Members Bar, hopefully built in readiness for the 100th show in 2019.”
Mr Tom Tudor, 2018 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 society stalwarts, Mr John and Mrs Beryl Vaughan.
“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.”
This year we are celebrating the 100 Years of the Royal Air Force (RAF 100) and also recognising the 100th anniversary of the end of WW1.” explained Mr Fetherstonhaugh.
“In doing so we are delighted to welcome back the full display of the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery who will entertain the crowds with their world class display twice a day. We are also looking forward to welcoming back the RAF Parachute Display Team and this year we will also have the RAF Falcons.”
“A flypast by a C130 Hercules will form part of a RAF 100 celebration moment in the main ring on the Tuesday of the show, together with the Regimental Band of the RAF Regiment, The Queens Colour Squadron with their precision marching display and senior RAF officials. The RAF will also be attending with their Equestrian Team which will compete in the Inter Hunt relay, hopefully against a team from the Kings Troop, which should be very entertaining.”
The Royal Welsh Show will take place at the showground in Llanelwedd on 23 - 26 July. For more information on the society or the show please visit www.rwas.wales