The Glendale Agriculture Society may be one of the smallest in the UK, however, now in its 120th year, it is a society that unlike so many has stood the test of time and has real vision for the future.
Following on from what was the wettest summer for at least 25 years, the Glendale Show like so many events across the UK was affected by rain but unlike many other events the show went ahead.
Despite ongoing difficulties in the economy, employment and bank lending, not to mention the weather, the team behind the show – that is its secretary, chairman, committee and a raft of volunteers worked tirelessly to secure support and sponsorship from businesses near and far.
Currently a not for profit organisation the society has felt its pockets pinched as a result of both the recession and the rain.
The Glendale Agricultural Society in not just about the Glendale Show however, it plays a vital role in the rural community of Glendale. The region, Glendale has built itself on agricultural roots. Both livestock and arable, the land in the valley is both fertile and exceptionally productive and the hills are renowned for producing some of the UK’s finest livestock. It is supported at every level by businesses amongst the community and it is these businesses that are crucial to the society’s success and development.
The society has evolved with the 21st century, once the show was home to horse and plough displays where the main ring acts now feature stunt motorbikes and sheep racing. It is a pillar of support for farmers throughout Glendale and further, whose vision is to encourage and preserve the special skills and pursuits of the countryside.
With this vision in mind the society started the Children’s Countryside Day, an annual event held at the showground which attracts over 1300 first school pupils from Northumberland and North Tyneside. This is an educational day with exhibitors from a cross-section of local and national businesses, organisations and individuals keen to teach children just how the milk makes it onto their cereal every morning. The now award winning day is one of the society’s greatest achievements and they look to develop it as the years go on.
Chairman, Nick Hargreaves said: “The Glendale Agricultural Society has always been seen as a very progressive society and the current economic climate is not going to stop the society going forward. In this farming community it is very important that the community spirit is maintained, this is where the agricultural society plays an integral role. Highlighting farmers and events and planning for the future as a community, not just an individual farm or property”.”