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Following our recent AGM in November the Management and Organising Committee for the Northumberland County Show are now in full swing with preparations for the 2022 show.

It’s great to be back following a two year break due to Covid.

The Show’s new Chairman, Mr Mark Scandle, from Hexham, explained, “we are delighted to have the show team back together again and we’re excited to be planning next year’s show, which due to the Queens Platinum Jubilee celebrations will now be on BH Friday 3rd June 2022.”

We will be looking forward to welcoming thousands of visitors, volunteers, competitors and traders, from across the NE region, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Scotland and further afield to this one-day agricultural event. Mark continued, “It takes many months of intense work to organise an event of this scale, but we feel certain that the show will go ahead in a safe and secure way for all attending next June.”

After months of deliberation, Tynedale Agricultural Society Ltd have announced this week that they will not be running the much loved Northumberland County Show, which was to be held on 31st May 2021.

The Show’s Chairman, Robert Raine, farmer from East Woodburn, explained, “It is with a very heavy heart that we have taken this difficult decision, but with another lockdown in place and no sign of restrictions easing, we felt we could not take the risk to public health and the safety of our volunteers and staff.”

With thousands of volunteers, competitors and traders, this one-day agricultural event welcomes over 26,000 visitors from across the NE region, Cumbria, Yorkshire, Scotland and further afield. Robert continued, “It takes several months of intense work to organise an event of this scale, but with the uncertainty of how long it will take to get back to some form of normality, it is just not possible to run the show this year. We are deeply sorry for the disappointment this will cause, but we are sure everyone understands that protecting our community and visitors is our number one priority.”

Tynedale Agricultural Society Ltd, the charitable organisation behind the popular Northumberland County Show, has been honoured with the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, the highest award a voluntary group can receive in the UK.

The Northumberland County Show, which attracts over 26,000 visitors to the ninety acre site in the grounds of Bywell Hall, near Stocksfield, would have taken place last weekend. It is held every year on the last Bank Holiday Monday in May but sadly, this year’s show was cancelled due to the coronavirus outbreak.

For nearly one hundred and seventy years, the ‘Northumberland Show’ has been a much-loved highlight for farmers, equestrians, competitors and the general public. Despite its huge scale, the event operates thanks to an army of volunteers. Mr. Robert Raine, Chairman, explained, “Throughout the year the society’s Committee, which consists of over sixty volunteers, meet to coordinate their sections and provide information to the twelve members of the Management Committee. We have only one full time paid employee, and another part time, so we rely on a lot of goodwill and ongoing commitment from many individuals. On show day, every single member of our team gives up his or her time voluntarily for the benefit of others. It’s a remarkable achievement.”

The rainy day did not deter just over 23,000 visitors to the Northumberland County Show on spring Bank Holiday Monday. 

Agriculture is the heart of the show and Champion of Champions competition judge, Mr. Robert Neill of Upper Nisbet near Jedburgh, said of the final line up, “It is an honour to be asked to judge today. Every animal here could be the winner. The quality is outstanding.”  The winner of the competition supported by JS Hubbucks Ltd was pedigree Limousin in-calf heifer called Mystyle Maitoi, owned by the Richardson family of Gill House, Appleby. Handler, Ben Richardson, was delighted by the result saying, “I can’t tell you what this means to us! It’s amazing! This heifer was home bred and we knew from the beginning she was special."

The damp weather sent visitors flocking to the indoor marquees to marvel at the array of livestock exhibits or indulge in some retail therapy in the shopping marquee and watch our chefs cook up some mouthwatering delights in the food marquee. 

North East land agents and chartered surveyors Vickers & Barrass has renewed its sponsorship of the Northumberland County Show in a move that reflects its support for the next generation of farmers.

The County Durham-based practice will follow last year’s successful involvement as sponsors again of the ‘Young Sheep Handlers’ class, which sees anyone under the age of 16 presenting any breed of lamb for judging.

Dozens of youngsters from across the region will don their white coats to participate in one of the most competitive and eagerly anticipated classes, with the hope of landing the top spot at the county show in Stocksfield at the end of May. The firm will also be sponsoring the Champion cattle class in support of cattle exhibitors.

Vickers & Barrass will be sharing its stand - located adjacent to the sheep pens - with the Darlington Farmers Auction Mart, which has started work on a new agricultural centre. There, the firm will have an office in the new auction mart building as part of the development.

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