MORE than 100 Royal Welsh Agricultural Society (RWAS) members discussed another successful year and looked forward to this month’s show during the society’s annual general meeting on June 12.
“Whilst celebrating success, we must continue to plan for the future,” RWAS board of directors chairman John T Davies told the meeting hosted by this year’s president David Morgan and his wife Nancy at Trostrey Court Farm, near Usk.
Members heard how the society continues to have a significant role in shaping and influencing the future of agriculture and how the work of the newly-formed strategic group will create a 10- year plan to ensure RWAS is well placed to respond to future challenges and opportunities.
As a result of increased income from events and effective financial management the society reported an increased surplus for 2014. Mr Davies reminded members that this comes at a time when the society is committed to its largest ever investment of £300,000 in the new equine facilities and warned against complacency.
The newly-appointed board of directors, which will serve for a four-year term, met directly after the AGM to confirm that the chair and vice chairman – John T Davies and Harry Fetherstonhaugh respectively – will remain. Once again the feature county and county advisory structure was recognised as forming the backbone of the society’s success and the “golddust” that sets it apart from many other societies.
Praise was given to the incredible fund-raising efforts of 2014 feature county Radnorshire, whose £279,000 has been used to extend and renovate Neuadd Henllan, the stockmen’s accommodation. Mr Morgan thanked the Gwent feature county team for their commitment and hard work in raising funds for the hotly anticipated equine project on the showground.
“The whole team have worked tirelessly to arrange events, sell raffle tickets and generally raise money, thank you all.” The AGM weekend was a double celebration for Mr Morgan who was awarded an MBE in the 2015 Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to agriculture and for voluntary service to the agricultural community in Monmouthshire.
Mr Fetherstonhaugh, honorary show director, gave an outline of what’s in store for the upcoming show (July 20-23).
Being opened by European Commissioner for Agriculture Phil Hogan and Usk YFC chairman Owain Williams, and with strong livestock entries, sponsorship and tradestand numbers, 2015 looks set to be another successful show.