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The annual general meeting of the Royal Cornwall Agricultural Association (RCAA) was informed that “it was another successful year financially, despite the weather” by Brian Harvey from accountants PKF Francis Clark.
The 2017 Royal Cornwall Show enjoyed less than ideal weather conditions but the RCAA’s activities still generated a surplus of £176,540 during the past financial year.
The meeting was chaired by Lady St Levan in her role as the Association’s president.
Speaking of her “wonderful year” in office she was specifically pleased to have been privy to the amount of work that it takes by those who organise the largest event that takes place in Cornwall each year.
“The great benefit of being president is seeing behind the scenes and the commitment of the volunteers throughout the year.”
A moments silence was observed as Lady St Levan paid tribute to the late Showground Manager, Ben Luxton, whose untimely and sudden death in November has been keenly felt within the organisation.
“We were all smitten by Ben’s enthusiasm and his contribution to the Association. The 2018 Show will be a real testament to his memory.”
Christopher Riddle, RCAA secretary, informed the meeting that trade stand space was completely sold out well ahead of this year’s Royal Cornwall Show, which takes place on the 7, 8 and 9 June. Demand for trade stand space was “higher than ever before” which is hugely encouraging despite the current challenging trading climate.
“Show preparations are well under way with entries open for livestock and equine classes. We’re expecting another excellent show of cattle, sheep, pigs and horses this year.”
Mr Riddle detailed two new projects that have expanded the charity’s educational work. This includes the launch of six videos aimed at school children to help them understand various aspects of farming and food production and have been shared with schools and city farms throughout the country.
The RCAA has also launched a new outreach project, purchasing a purpose built trailer to enable the newly appointed education officer, former teacher Emma Parkyn, to take the ever important agricultural message to even more children in primary schools across Cornwall.
The meeting saw Sir Nicholas Bacon proposed by Michael Williams and unanimously elected to succeed Lady St Levan as the 2018 president.
Sir Nicholas was “deeply delighted” to become president for the 2018 Royal Cornwall Show despite being “a Norfolk boy.”
Although not being from Cornwall, Sir Nicholas is intrinsically linked to the county and Duchy of Cornwall through his role as Lord Warden of the Stannaries.
This role was created in 1197 and the holder exercised judicial and military functions in Cornwall, and is still the official who, upon the commission of the monarch or Duke of Cornwall, has the function of calling a Stannary Parliament of tinners.
He follows in the footsteps of former Lord Wardens of the Stannaries, The Marques of Lothian and The Earl Peel who fulfilled the role of Royal Cornwall president in 1982 and 2006 respectively.
“The weather is of great importance for agricultural shows and I shall have to bring dry weather from Norfolk.”
Ted Coryton of Pentillie Castle near Saltash became the new president-elect, after being proposed by Sir Ferrers Vyvyan.
For more information about the Royal Cornwall Show and the RCAA’s educational work please visit www.royalcornwall.co.uk.
*RCAA agm held on Thursday 15 March 2018 at the Pavilion Centre, Royal Cornwall Events Centre, Wadebridge.
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