Local charities are to be awarded a total of £2,500 following last year’s Eccleshall Show.  This sum was approved by the organising committee and members at the Show Society’s Annual General Meeting on April 6th.

Charities benefitting this year are the First Responders, Midlands Air Ambulance, McMillan Nurses and the Gentleshaw Wildlife Centre.

Giving his report, Show Chairman Edward Lambert commented on the event staged only a few days earlier at the County Showground for the presentation of the Queens Award for Voluntary Service. “This recognition reflects the efforts of hundreds of volunteers who have worked tirelessly over the past 71 years to ensure the success of our local show.” he said. “I want to thank everyone who plays a part in this show.  We really capture the sense of working together towards a common goal and that makes the role of Chairman an honour and a pleasure.”

 Mr Lambert described the 2018 Show as a great success, noting the increase in entries in many of the Craft and Horticulture classes, and also significantly more Classic cars and static engines.  The main ring events had proved highly popular and it was good to see the return of farm animals prevented for several years by bureaucratic regulations.  Local farmer Philip Plant who farms the land where the show is staged, was able to show a pen of Texel sheep for the public to enjoy.

Following the AGM the committee were briefed on the plans for the 2019 Show which takes place on August 31st.  Plans are now well in hand with exciting main ring events booked and trade stand bookings coming in.